Introduction to Pekin, Illinois

Pekin, Illinois is 9 miles S of Peoria, Illinois (center to center) and 136 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois. It is in Tazewell County. The city is part of the Peoria - Pekin metro area. The population of Pekin is 33,857.

Pekin History

Robert de LaSalle and his 33 fellow explorers landed in the present day city of Pekin in January, 1680. They built a winter refuge in this area. This region was once inhabited by the Pottawatomie Native Americans. In 1812, Pekin was the village of Lebourse Sulky. Jonathan Tharp, a farmer, was the first white settler of the area. In 1824, he built a log cabin in Pekin. The area was named after the city of Sun - Pekin, China.

Pekin and nearby Attractions

  • Powerton Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
  • Pettengill-Morron House Museum
  • Glen Oak Zoo
  • Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences
  • Miller Park Zo

Things To Do In Pekin

While in Pekin, you can plan a day trip to Everett Dirksen Park, James Park, Mineral Springs Park, John T McNaughton Park, Willow Park, and Blinkiron Park. Golf enthusiasts can spend their leisure time at Parkview Golf Course and Sunset Hills Golf Course. You can also visit the Pekin Public Library and the Tazewell County Historical Places to learn more about the history of the region. The Illinois Antique Center and the Glen Oak Zoo are nearby.

Pekin Transportation

Greater Peoria Regional Airport is nearby.

Pekin Higher Education

Bradley University and Illinois Central College are close to the city.


Total Population 33,928
Male Share of the Population 49.5%
Female Share of the Population 50.5%
Senior Citizens 15.9%
Employed Population 16+ 15,195
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 48.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.6%
Median Earnings25+ $34,023
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,546
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,724


Median Family Income $55,751
% Above Poverty Level 86%
% Below Poverty Level 14%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 31.6%
Median Gross Rent $650
Median House Value $99,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.6%
US/American 0.1%
English 10.6%
Irish 15.3%

Pekin Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles S of Peoria, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 136 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois
County Tazewell
Metro Area Peoria - Pekin
Standard Zip Codes 61554
P.O. Box Zip Codes 61555
Company Zip Codes 61558
Phone Area Codes 309
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.567
Longitude -89.64

Pekin Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 7.2 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 HAVANA 4 NNE
Distance 24.9 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 32 F
Apr Temp 40 to 63 F
Jul Temp 64 to 88 F
Oct Temp 41 to 68 F
Annual Precip 37.7 inches
Station MASON CITY 1 W
Distance 25.6 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, Pekin, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Midway (61554)

Normandale (61554)

Pekin Heights (61554)

Pekin Mall (61554)

Schaeferville (61554)

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 6,440 $59,244
Creve Coeur 5,717 $46,023

Pekin Public Libraries

Pekin P.l.
Pekin, Illinois
(309) 347-7111
Library Web Site

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Pekin Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(309) 347-1151
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 17.9

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Student/teacher ratio: 7.4

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