Steger, Illinois

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The village of Steger (35 miles south of Chicago) lies along the dividing line on the south end of Cook County and north end of Will County in the U.S. state of Illinois. The population was 9,682 at the 2000 census, and estimated to be 10,409 as of 2005.



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 election costs to ensure that the name of the town be dubbed "Steger" rather than "Columbia Heights." Steger Pianos were made in the village until 1926. By 1920, Steger was considered by some as the “piano capital of the world,” producing more than a hundred pianos a day [1].


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)[2]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 3.5 square miles (9.1 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] 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/sq mi (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.

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