Streator is a city located in La Salle County, Illinois in the northern United States. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 14,190.

Streator is the birth town of astronomer Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered Pluto in 1930.


Streator is located at 41°7'29" North, 88°49'51" West (41.124798, -88.830881)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.0 km² (5.8 mi²). 14.9 km² (5.8 mi²) of it is land and 0.17% is water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 14,190 people, 5,746 households, and 3,660 families residing in the city. The population density is 949.5/km² (2,460.6/mi²). There are 6,176 housing units at an average density of 413.3/km² (1,071.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 94.28% White, 2.06% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.50% from other races, and 1.47% from two or more races. 6.64% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 5,746 households out of which 29.4% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.0% are married couples living together, 12.1% have a female householder with no husband present, and 36.3% are non-families. 32.6% of all households are made up of individuals and 17.1% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.42 and the average family size is 3.07.

In the city the population is spread out with 25.9% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 19.0% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 91.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 87.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $33,868, and the median income for a family is $43,774. Males have a median income of $34,932 versus $20,994 for females. The per capita income for the city is $16,650. 11.3% of the population and 8.3% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 16.5% are under the age of 18 and 8.7% are 65 or older.