Sterling Heights, Michigan is a suburb of Detroit. Situated some forty km to the southwest, it has a population of nearly 130,000 people, making it the second biggest suburb of Detroit. Sterling Heights is part of Macomb County and is bordered by the communities of Warren, Troy, and Mt. Clemens. Branches of the Clinton River flow through Sterling Heights.
Lots of farmers began to settle within the area of what is now Sterling Heights, following the Revolutionary War. These farmers were attracted to the fertile soils of the land. The many settlers began to quickly prosper by the 1880's, providing the area with a picturesque town of farm houses and fields of wheat and other crops. With the coming of the railroad, Sterling Town accommodated four passenger trains a day from Detroit. The Town of Sterling became Sterling Heights when it was officially incorporated as a city during 1968. The word "Heights" was added to be able to differentiate the city from a village referred to as Sterling within the County of Arenac. Sterling Heights is currently a thriving industrial and commercial area and a core suburb within the greater Detroit metropolitan area.
The area is home of the Detroit Institute Of Arts, considered among the best art museums in the world and consisting of more than 65,000 items. There are numerous other places of historic and cultural interest. The Museum Of Natural History has extensive prehistoric exhibits. Fisher Mansion has a selection of original art from Asia and India. Upton House is an historic home dated to the year 1867 and now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall is the venue for the 85-year-old Detroit Symphony. Outdoor sites comprise Four Bears Water Park, Detroit Zoo, Seven Ponds Nature Center and African Safari Wildlife Park.
The city boasts many annual cultural events, such as the Memorial Day Parade and Sterlingfest. The event known as Sterlingfest is held every summer at Dodge Park near downtown Sterling Heights. Three days of carnival rides and performances differentiate this popular family event that has featured recording artists like Rick Springfield and REO Speedwagon. The American-Polish Festival, featuring local Polish bands, is likewise a well attended event because of the large number of area residents with Polish heritage.