East Peoria, Illinois

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East Peoria, Illinois

Introduction to East Peoria, Illinois

East Peoria, Illinois, in Tazewell county, is 2 miles S of Peoria, Illinois (center to center) and 130 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois. Part of the surrounding Peoria - Pekin metro area, the city is not an isolated city. East Peoria is home to some 22,638 residents.

East Peoria History

East Peoria was initially established as Bluetown. It was platted by Joseph Schertz in 1864 and renamed Hilton in 1869. Coleville and the former community of Bluetown merged in 1884 and were officially incorporated as Hilton. It was named the Village of East Peoria in 1919. The earliest industries revolved around coal mining as a rich vein of coal was discovered near the surface. The development of railroads led to the development of East Peoria as a manufacturing center.

East Peoria and nearby Attractions

  • Fort Crevecoeur State Park
  • Glen Oak Zoo
  • John C. Flanagan House Museum
  • Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences
  • Newman Golf Course
  • Leo Donovan Golf Course

Things To Do In East Peoria

People who like to have fun would never be disappointed in East Peoria because it offers a varied range of activities. The area is famous for its special events and programs such as the EastSide Centre athletic tournaments, the Festival of Lights, fishing tournaments, and car shows. One can also visit the parks, golf courses, and museums in and around the city.

East Peoria Transportation

The Greater Peoria Regional Airport is approximately 10 miles.

East Peoria Higher Education

The Illinois Central College is within the city and Bradley University is nearby.

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High Points

East Peoria strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Illinois):

Category Trophy
Short Commute Times
(vs. State)
Top 12% East Peoria Short Commute Times

Comparative Profile of East Peoria, Illinois

Comparing East Peoria to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Illinois (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Age of the Population 8 8
Senior Citizens 8 7
Well-Paid Single Women 6 7
Well-Paid Single Men 6 7
Male Share of the Population 6 5
Female Share of the Population 5 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 3
Racial Diversity 2 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 7 5
Average Household Size 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 6 6
People in Middle Class or Better 6 6
Median Family Income 6 7
College Educated Adults 4 6

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 8 9
Public Transportation Use 6 7
Walking and Biking to Work 6 7
Working at Home 4 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 8 6
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 7 9
People Living Alone 6 6
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 4
Housing Recently Built 4 6
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 3 5

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East Peoria Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles S of Peoria, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 130 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois
County Tazewell
Metro Area Peoria - Pekin
Standard Zip Codes 61611
Company Zip Codes 61630
Phone Area Codes 309
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.666
Longitude -89.58

East Peoria Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 5.4 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 31 F
Apr Temp 40 to 62 F
Jul Temp 65 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 64 F
Annual Precip 36 inches
Distance 21.3 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 63 F
Jul Temp 61 to 85 F
Oct Temp 39 to 65 F
Annual Precip 38.2 inches
Station MASON CITY 1 W
Distance 32.9 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 33 F
Apr Temp 41 to 65 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 44 to 67 F
Annual Precip 35.7 inches
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East Peoria Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 22,638 100%
Male 10,921 48.2%
Female 11,717 51.8%
Under 18 5,067 22.4%
18+ 17,571 77.6%
65+ 3,908 17.3%
Median Age 39.7
Average Family Size 2.87
White 22,031 97.3%
African-American 106 0.5%
Asian 150 0.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 55 0.2%
Other 100 0.4%
Mixed Race 194 0.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 293 1.3%

Estimated East Peoria Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 22,536
Growth -102
Growth % -0.5%

East Peoria Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 31.9%
US/American 16.7%
English 12.3%
Irish 10.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.1%
French (except Basque) 2.5%
Italian 2.3%
Scotch-Irish 2.1%
Scottish 2%
Dutch 1.6%
Swedish 1.4%
Polish 1.4%
Norwegian 1.2%
Lebanese 1.1%
European 1%
Swiss 0.6%
Welsh 0.6%
Greek 0.4%
British 0.4%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Czech 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
French Canadian 0.2%
Pennsylvania German 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Northern European 0.2%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Bayview Garde (61611)
Bayview Gardens (61611)
Robein (61611)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
East Peoria 22,638 $51,836
Bartonville 6,310 $49,909
Creve Coeur 5,448 $41,006
Marquette Heights 2,794 $50,714
North Pekin 1,574 $44,013
Peoria 112,936 $46,882
West Peoria 4,762 $51,420

East Peoria Public Libraries

Fondulac P.l.d.
East Peoria, Illinois
(309) 699-3917
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Wal-mart in East Peoria

(As of 2006)
401 River Road
(309) 694-0513
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Serves 1,112 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.1

A Non-traditional School
Serves 67 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.8

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