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Overview

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 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.

People

Total Population 23,137
Male Share of the Population 47.7%
Female Share of the Population 52.3%
Senior Citizens 18.3%
Employed Population 16+ 11,352
Age of the Population 42

Families

% of people married 50.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $69,048
% Above Poverty Level 88.7%
% Below Poverty Level 11.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.7%
% Using Public Transportation 1%

Housing

People Living Alone 30.2%
Median Gross Rent $663
Median House Value $129,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.2%
US/American 0.2%
English 9.5%
Irish 14.6%

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

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

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station PEORIA GTR PEORIA AP
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
Station PRINCEVILLE
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

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 Population Median Family Income
Bartonville 6,438 $59,976
Creve Coeur 5,652 $46,250

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

East Peoria Public Libraries

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Fondulac P.l.d.
140 E. WASHINGTON ST.
East Peoria, Illinois
(309) 699-3917
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East Peoria High Schools

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EAST PEORIA HIGH SCHOOL
1401 E WASHINGTON ST
309-694-8300
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,112 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.1

ACADEMY AT ICC
1 COLLEGE DRIVE
309-694-5578
A Non-traditional School
Serves 67 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.8

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