Sterling Heights, city (1990 pop. 117,810), Macomb co., SE Mich., on the Clinton River; platted 1835 as Jefferson Township, renamed 1838, inc. 1968. Largely rural until the mid-20th cent., the city grew as a suburb of Detroit , 19 mi (31 km) to the northeast. Transportation equipment, machinery, and plastic and wood products are manufactured. Lakeside, one of the largest shopping centers in the United States, is there.
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