Introduction to Streator, Illinois

Streator, Illinois, in La Salle county, is 44 miles N of Bloomington, Illinois and 80 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois.

Streator History

The Kaskaskia tribe of the Illiniwek Confederation were the first inhabitants of the area now known as Streator. These Indians were primarily hunters, farmers, gatherers, warriors and traders. French explorers Louis Jolliet Father and Jacques Marquette were the first Europeans to arrive in this region in 1673. Marquette established a church in the village in 1675. The development of the Illinois and Michigan Canal in 1821 led to the rapid growth of Streator. The first settlement, which went on to become the city of Streator, was established by John O'Neil in 1861. Streator was officially incorporated as a city in 1868.

Streator and nearby Attractions

  • Streator Public Library
  • Streator City Hall
  • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Lentman Lake
  • Anderson Fields Golf Course
  • Oakland Park

Things To Do In Streator

The parks in Streator provide a host of recreational facilities for the enjoyment of both adults and children. The Westgate Plaza Shopping Center and the Northport Shopping Center are other popular tourist haunts.

Streator Transportation

Central IL Regional Airport is nearby.

Streator Higher Education

Opportunities for higher education are offered by the Illinois Valley Community College, the Heartland Community College and the Illinois Wesleyan University.


Total Population 12,990
Male Share of the Population 46.9%
Female Share of the Population 53.1%
Senior Citizens 19.4%
Employed Population 16+ 5,295
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 41.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 13.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $48,750
% Above Poverty Level 78%
% Below Poverty Level 22%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 32.8%
Median Gross Rent $555
Median House Value $78,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 21.6%
US/American 0%
English 8.2%
Irish 14.6%

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

Streator Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 44 miles N of Bloomington, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 80 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois
County La Salle
Standard Zip Codes 61364
Phone Area Codes 815
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.12
Longitude -88.835

Streator Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station OTTAWA 5 SW
Distance 15.3 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 31 F
Apr Temp 39 to 62 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 65 F
Annual Precip 35.6 inches
Station MINONK
Distance 17.5 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 30 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 62 to 86 F
Oct Temp 41 to 66 F
Annual Precip 37.2 inches
Station DWIGHT
Distance 22 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 29 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 64 F
Annual Precip 34.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Streator, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Kernan (61364)

Missal (61364)

Munster (61364)

South Streator (61364)

Streator East (61364)

Streator West (61364)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Grand Ridge 538 $73,750

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

Streator Public Libraries

Streator P.l.
Streator, Illinois
(815) 672-2729

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Streator Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(815) 673-2311
Emergency Service: Yes

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Streator High Schools

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Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 979 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.3

5800 E 3000 NORTH RD
Serves 176 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.5

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Historic Streator


Methodist church ca. 1900

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Methodist church ca. 1900

Bridge over Vermillion River 1901 Oct. 4.

Viaduct at Streator 1901 Oct. 4.

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