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Sterling Heights is located in Macomb County, Michigan and surrounds cities such as Troy, Warren, Utica, Shelby Township, Clinton Township and Fraser. Sterling Heights is home to more than 3,500 commercial and industrial businesses. Sterling Heights is located just 20-35 minutes northeast of downtown Detroit in the county of Macomb.

William Brown was the first Mayor elected in Sterling Heights, Michigan’s existence.  By coincidence William Brown is also the father of Matthew C. Brown of Brown and Brown, PLC and the grandfather of Matthew J. Brown. While a Trustee of Sterling Township (Before it became a city) William Brown was able to convince companies such as Ford Motor Company, Chrysler Corporation and other manufacturing companies to move to the area. These workers moved here with their families. During William Brown’s tenure in Sterling Heights Government, he helped to lay the ground work for a very prosperous future for the city ofSterling Heights, Michigan. As of today, Sterling Heightsis viewed in many respects as a leader. In 2010 Sterling Heights was ranked as Michigan’s safest city among communities with more than 100,000 residents according to FBI statistics released in 5/11. In the State of Michigan, Sterling Heights is the third largest in area and fourth largest in population. According to the 2010 census Sterling Heights has 129,699 people living within its 36.8 square mile city.

Sterling Heights is among the top 100 cities named by Best Life magazine as the “Best Places to Raise a Family.” (2008). The 2000 Census shows Sterling Heights to be one of the top communities in the country where children live in a married-couple family. The city of Sterling Heights is below average in the number of fires and fire loss nationwide. The national average is 6.7 fires per 1,000 people with an average loss of $34.70 per person. In Sterling Heights the average number of fires per 1,000 people is 3.76 with a loss per person of only $16.52.


Sterling fest, Sterling Heights’ premiere art & jazz fair, was voted Best Summer Festival by readers of the Detroit News and (2008)  According to a new study released by American City Business Journals, Sterling Heights is ranked seventh in the nation and second in Michigan on its list of the least socio-economically stressed large U.S. cities.


Sterling Heights is ranked as the 2nd best Michigan city and the 16th best American city for women to live and work (Ladies Home Journal, March 2002).  The City of Sterling Heights’ municipal organization named one of the Best Places to Work in Metro Detroit (Crain’s Detroit Business, 1999). Sterling Heights is home of Michigan’s first ISO 14001 facility – Ford Motor Company’s Van Dyke Plant. Two Sterling Heights facilities, Chrysler’s Sterling Heights Assembly Plant and the Ford Van Dyke Transmission plant, received 10-year recognitions in 2008 from the Department of Environmental Quality for maintaining their Clean Corporate Citizen (C3) status.


The city purchases its water from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. The water comes from two sources, the Detroit River and/or Lake Huron near Port Huron.  99 percent of its residents receive city water, less than one percent remain on wells.  Sanitary sewage goes to the Detroit Water and Sewerage system, where it is treated before entering the Detroit River.


Sterling Heights is made up of two public school districts: Utica Community Schools and Warren Consolidated schools.


Sterling Heights has its own police department which provides service to the citizens of Sterling Heights.

City motto: To Strive on Behalf of All.


Sterling Heights, Michigan is home to the 41-A District Court. This court is located at 40111 Dodge Park Sterling Heights, MI 48313. The court has three divisions including civil including landlord tenant, criminal including drunk driving, dui, owi, owil, and all traffic matters. 41-A District Court does not hear cases with the amount in controversy over $25,000.  These cases over $25,000 dollars are heard in the Macomb County Circuit Court Located in Mount Clemens, Michigan.  This Court is also home to a family division which hears case involving divorce, child custody, paternity, child support, personal protection orders etc.  In addition, Sterling Heights is also subject to the Probate Court at Oakland Circuit Court.  The probate Court handles matters such as decedent’s estates, wills, trusts, guardianships, patient advocate issues, power of attorney issues etc.

BROWN AND BROWN, PLC is a diverse firm located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan representing clients in Oakland County Michigan, Macomb County, Michigan and Wayne County Michigan. Our firm has over 25 years of trial and litigation experience. We are dedicated to providing quality and competent legal representation to all of our clients.   We focus on Criminal Law, Employment Law, Family Law, Probate Wills, Estates, Trusts and Business Litigation.  Matthew C. Brown was the former president of the Rochester Bar and practiced law for 15 years in the city of downtown Rochester.  In addition, Matthew C. Brown grew up and went to school in the city of Sterling Heights, and was in the first graduating class at Henry Ford High School II. For help with all your Sterling Heights legal problems, please call the attorneys at Brown and Brown, PLC today at 248-454-1120 or by email at

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