Welcome to Sterling, Nebraska!
Sterling is on a road to growth and prosperity. Situated in the rich fertile valley of the Nemaha River, it is in one of the most prosperous agricultural districts in the country. Sterling, population 507, is the second largest town in Johnson County and is located 14 miles northwest of Tecumseh, our county seat, and 35 miles southeast of Lincoln, our state Capital.
Our community was named when William Mann, John Bentz, and William Kneeland decided to flip a $20 gold piece for the honor of naming their settlement. Mr. Mann, being the lucky one, named it Sterling, after his hometown in Illinois. Sterling celebrated its 125th anniversary in 1995 and is proving to be a progressive, forward thinking community. Sterling has positioned itself for a period of growth by making significant improvements to its infrastructure in recent years. A new sewage treatment plant was built in 1990; a new municipal well was dug in 1991; and over 90 percent of the streets in town were resurfaced with new asphalt over the past five years.