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Overview

Introduction to Peru, Illinois

Located in La Salle county, Peru, Illinois, is 50 miles NE of Peoria, Illinois (center to center) and 84 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois.

Peru History

The city's first settlers arrived in 1830, with John Hays being the first person to settle permanently in Peru. Over time, it became an important river port. In 1838, Peru was organized as a municipality and on March 13, 1851, it was officially incorporated as a city. This area also served as the world headquarters of the Westclox Clock Company.

Peru and nearby Attractions

  • Blackberry Farm's Pioneer Village
  • Buffalo Rock State Park
  • Donnelley State Fish and Wildlife Area
  • Matthiessen State Park

Things To Do In Peru

Blackberry Farm's Pioneer Village, comprising of a farm museum, lake, and a carriage house, is housed in Peru. Situated on the Illinois River, Buffalo Rock State Park provides various outdoor activities such as camping and trailing, as well as picnicking. In addition, nearby is the Donnelley State Fish and Wildlife Area.

Peru Transportation

The closest airport to the city is the Greater Peoria Regional Airport.

Peru Higher Education

Illinois Valley Community College, Northern Illinois University, and Kishwaukee College are the nearby higher education schools.

People

Total Population 10,019
Male Share of the Population 47.5%
Female Share of the Population 52.5%
Senior Citizens 22.3%
Employed Population 16+ 4,603
Age of the Population 45

Families

% of people married 47.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $65,397
% Above Poverty Level 91.1%
% Below Poverty Level 8.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 37.7%
Median Gross Rent $609
Median House Value $119,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15%
US/American 0.1%
English 6.9%
Irish 13.3%

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

Peru Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 50 miles NE of Peoria, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 84 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois
County La Salle
Standard Zip Codes 61354
Phone Area Codes 815
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.327
Longitude -89.128

Peru 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 PERU
Distance 2.2 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 29 F
Apr Temp 38 to 61 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 65 F
Annual Precip 37.7 inches
Station OTTAWA 5 SW
Distance 11 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 31 F
Apr Temp 39 to 62 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 65 F
Annual Precip 35.6 inches
Station PRINCETON
Distance 18 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 29 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 65 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 63 F
Annual Precip 37.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cedar Point 322 $62,500
Dalzell 725 $70,278

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

Peru Public Libraries

Library
Peru P.l.
1409 11TH ST.
Peru, Illinois
(815) 223-0229

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Peru Hospitals

ILLINOIS VALLEY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
925 WEST ST
(815) 223-3300
Emergency Service: Yes

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