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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 Population9,563
Male Share of the Population50.2%
Female Share of the Population49.8%
Senior Citizens13.3%
Employed Population 16+4,547
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married46.8%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher14.3%
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 Level82.3%
% Below Poverty Level17.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time28 minutes
% Working from Home2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.4%
% Using Public Transportation0.9%

Housing

People Living Alone39%
Median Gross Rent$835
Median House Value$100,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)43.6%
US/American0.1%
English3.7%
Irish9.9%

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

Steger Almanac

CategoryValue
Nearest Medium City 10 miles SW of Hammond, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City27 miles S of Chicago, Illinois
CountyCook
Standard Zip Codes60475
Phone Area Codes708
Time ZoneCentral (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude41.47
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)

StationPARK FOREST
Distance3.2 miles
Jan Temp15 to 29 F
Apr Temp39 to 58 F
Jul Temp65 to 84 F
Oct Temp43 to 63 F
Annual Precip38.6 inches
StationLOWELL
Distance18.1 miles
Jan Temp12 to 30 F
Apr Temp37 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp39 to 64 F
Annual Precip40 inches
StationJOLIET BRANDON RD DAM
Distance24.1 miles
Jan Temp14 to 30 F
Apr Temp37 to 60 F
Jul Temp63 to 85 F
Oct Temp41 to 64 F
Annual Precip36.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Chicago Heights30,428$50,711
Crete8,246$78,401
Ford Heights2,780$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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