The Twin Cities of Sterling and Rock Falls are located in the heart of the Sauk Valley, an area with a strong agrarian heritage and a modern emphasis on manufacturing and industry. Visit Live In Sterling Rock Falls. Our community is well-connected. Chicago is only 114 miles from the Sauk Valley. The Quad Cities and Rockford are each only 55 miles away. Sterling and Rock Falls are also served by the Whiteside County Airport, with available connections to Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports. The Quad Cities and Rockford airports also have major air connections. Families in our communities stay busy with activities that originate in our schools and churches. Sterling is served by a unit school, K through 12. Rock Falls has a dual system with six elementary schools and a junior high and high school. There also are six parochial schools in the area. The Whiteside Area Career Center, located in Sterling, offers training for high school students from the surrounding area. Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, serves as a stepping stone to four-year colleges and is well-known for its nursing program and other technical and medical degree programs. Our scenic Sauk Valley was carved out by the Sauk and now acts as the catalyst for many outdoor recreational activities. Few communities the size of Sterling-Rock Falls have finer recreational and sports facilities. Served by the river, two park districts, and a variety of public and private facilities, area residents can find a recreational outlet regardless of their sports and leisure interests. No other community the size of these companion communities can offer more in the way of recreation, schools, medical services and quality of life.