Steger, Illinois

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Coordinates: 41°28′13″N 87°37′51″W / 41.47028°N 87.63083°W / 41.47028; -87.63083
Steger, Illinois
Country United States
State Illinois
County Cook
Coordinates 41°28′13″N 87°37′51″W / 41.47028°N 87.63083°W / 41.47028; -87.63083
Area 3.45 sq mi (9 km2)
 - land 3.45 sq mi (9 km2)
 - water 0.00 sq mi (0 km2)
Population 9,570 (2010)
Density 2,773.9 / sq mi (1,071 / km2)
Founded 1896
Mayor Kenneth Peterson 2013-Present, Louis Sherman 1973-2013
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 60475
Area code 708
Location of Steger within Illinois
Location of Steger within Illinois
Wikimedia Commons: Steger♥, Illinois

Steger is a village located on the border between Cook County and Will County, Illinois, United States. It is 35 miles (56 km) south of Chicago and had a population at the 2010 census of 9,570.[1]


In 1893, John Valentine Steger opened a piano factory on 20 acres (81,000 m2) of land alongside the railroad south of Chicago Heights. With 324 residents, the village incorporated in 1896. John Steger agreed to pay $400 toward incorporation costs to ensure that the name of the town be dubbed "Steger" rather than "Columbia Heights". Steger & Sons Pianos were made in the village until 1926. By 1920, Steger was considered by some as the "piano capital of the world",[citation needed] producing more than a hundred pianos a day.

Steger & Sons built exceptionally high quality, expensive pianos from 1893-1956 in the village of Steger. Unfortunately they are quite rare today.[2]

Steger has been a regular stop on the annual "Driving the Dixie" event since its inception. This event involves participants driving down the historic Dixie Highway in the Chicago Southland and visiting various communities along the way.[3]


Steger is located at 41°28′14″N 87°37′52″W / 41.47056°N 87.63111°W / 41.47056; -87.63111 (41.470530, -87.630984).[4] According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 3.45 square miles (8.9 km2), all land.[5]


Steger has two main parks: Harold Hecht (Fireman's) Park and Veteran's Park.[citation needed]


As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 9,682 people, 3,862 households, and 2,506 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,747.3 people per square mile (1,062.0/km²). There were 4,051 housing units at an average density of 1,149.5 per square mile (444.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 87.61% White, 6.30% African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 3.08% from other races, and 2.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.07% of the population.

There were 3,862 households out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.6% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.1% were non-families. 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the village the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 33.1% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 11.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 100.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.8 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $43,275, and the median income for a family was $54,347. Males had a median income of $40,598 versus $26,398 for females. The per capita income for the village was $19,816. About 6.0% of families and 8.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.2% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.


Steger is divided between two congressional districts. The area in Cook County is in Illinois' 2nd congressional district, while the area in Will County is in the 11th district.

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