Congratulations to Sterling Heights,
You’re the WCSX City of the Week
Sterling Heights factoids
- Sterling Heights was originally called Jefferson Township back in the 1800’s. After a couple of years, it became Sterling Township. When it incorporated as a city in 1968, it added “Heights” to its name. There was already a Sterling in Michigan and law said two cities could not have the same name. “Moravian” was another name under consideration (a Protestant religion brought over from the UK).
- Sterling Heights is the second largest suburb in Metro Detroit and the fourth largest city in Michigan. Sterling Heights consistently ranks as the safest city in Michigan with population over 100,000.
- Until the 1950s, Sterling Heights was an agricultural area largely devoted to growing rhubarb and other crops sold in Detroit.
- Dobry Road on the northern city limits is named after the last township supervisor, Anthony Dobry, who was also the second mayor.