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Overview

Introduction to Steger, Illinois

Located in Cook county, Steger, Illinois, is 10 miles SW of Hammond, Indiana (center to center) and 27 miles S of Chicago, Illinois. There are an estimated 9,682 people in the village.

Steger History

Early in the area's history, John Valentine Steger purchased an area of twenty acres for the purpose of setting up a piano factory. By 1896, the region had a surge in population and was able to become officially incorporated as a village in the same year. Although the village was originally supposed to be named 'Columbia Heights', it was instead named after John Steger as he paid a substantial amount of money to the winning candidate in the elections. By 1920, the village of Steger had become the piano capital of the world.

Steger and nearby Attractions

  • American Police Center and Museum
  • Charles Gates Dawes House
  • Lemont Area Historical Society and Museum
  • Buckley Homestead county Park
  • Chicago Portage National Historic Site
  • Lemon Lake county Park

Things To Do In Steger

Museums in the area include the American Police Center and Museum, Lemont Area Historical Society, and Museum and Midwest Carvers Museum. The Chicago Portage National Historic Site, The Lemon Lake County Park, and Buckley Homestead County Park are nearby.

Steger Transportation

The Chicago Midway International Airport is the closest airport to the city.

Steger Higher Education

Higher education is available at the Prairie State College, Governors State University, and South Suburban College.

People

Total Population 9,563
Male Share of the Population 50.2%
Female Share of the Population 49.8%
Senior Citizens 13.3%
Employed Population 16+ 4,547
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 46.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $62,813
% Above Poverty Level 82.3%
% Below Poverty Level 17.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 39%
Median Gross Rent $835
Median House Value $100,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 43.6%
US/American 0.1%
English 3.7%
Irish 9.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Steger Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 10 miles SW of Hammond, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 27 miles S of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60475
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.47
Longitude -87.636

Steger Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station PARK FOREST
Distance 3.2 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 29 F
Apr Temp 39 to 58 F
Jul Temp 65 to 84 F
Oct Temp 43 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.6 inches
Station LOWELL
Distance 18.1 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 39 to 64 F
Annual Precip 40 inches
Station JOLIET BRANDON RD DAM
Distance 24.1 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 36.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chicago Heights 30,428 $50,711
Crete 8,246 $78,401
Ford Heights 2,780 $30,117

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Steger Public Libraries

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Steger-south Chicago Heights P.l.d.
54 EAST 31ST STREET
Steger, Illinois
(708) 755-5040
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