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Overview

Introduction to Peoria, Arizona

The city of Peoria got its name in the late 1880s from early settlers who moved from Peoria, Illinois to this area of Arizona in order to farm the land. Incorporated in 1954, Peoria has steadily grown from a farming community. Peoria is centrally located, only 13 miles from the city of Phoenix. Other nearby cities include Glendale (approximately 4 miles southeast), Surprise (approximately 9 miles to the northwest), Tempe (approximately 22 miles to the southeast), Scottsdale (approximately 25 miles to the east), and Mesa (approximately 30 miles to the east).

Peoria is governed by a mayor and a city council consisting of six district representatives, all of whom are elected.

Peoria Arts and Culture

Peoria is home to Lake Pleasant Regional Park, a large water recreation area housing campgrounds and offering a variety of fishing and boating activities. Another major recreational facility is the Peoria Sports Complex, which serves as the spring training site for both the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres. Built in 1994, the complex was the first Major League Baseball facility to be shared by two teams for spring training games and year-round player development. Peoria is also home to the Challenger Space Center, a facility over 20,000 square feet in size, which offers simulated space missions and other educational experiences for school students, families, and interested individuals. Additional attractions in and around Peoria include:

  • Canyon Raceway
  • Turf Soaring School
  • Peoria Historical Society Museum
  • Polar Ice Peoria
  • Cave Creek (nearby Phoenix)
  • Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum (nearby Phoenix)
  • Deer Valley Rock Art Center (nearby Phoenix)

Sports fans have a lot to choose from, both within the boundaries of Peoria and a short drive away. These include the following:

  • Baseball:
    • Cactus League - The Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres share the Peoria Sports Complex for their spring training games in March. Several other MLB teams hold spring training at nearby sites:
      • Texas Rangers/Kansas City Royals (Surprise)
      • Oakland A's/Milwaukee Brewers (Phoenix)
      • Chicago Cubs (Mesa)
      • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Tempe)
      • San Francisco Giants (Scottsdale)
    • Major League Baseball: MLB - Arizona Diamondbacks (Phoenix)
  • Basketball:
    • National Basketball Association: NBA - Phoenix Suns
    • Women's National Basketball Association: WNBA - Phoenix Mercury
  • Football:
    • National Football League: NFL - Arizona Cardinals (Tempe)
  • Hockey:
    • National Hockey League: NHL - Phoenix Coyotes
  • Lacrosse:
    • National Lacrosse League: NLL - Arizona Sting (Glendale)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association: NCAA
    • Arizona State Sun Devils (Tempe)

Also, the NCAA College Football Fiesta Bowl and Insight Bowl are both located in nearby Tempe, Arizona.

People

Total Population 163,664
Male Share of the Population 48.2%
Female Share of the Population 51.8%
Senior Citizens 15.2%
Employed Population 16+ 74,051
Age of the Population 39

Families

% of people married 52%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 28.9%
Median Earnings25+ $40,713
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,053
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,229

Wealth

Median Family Income $75,968
% Above Poverty Level 90.8%
% Below Poverty Level 9.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 6.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 23.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,104
Median House Value $189,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 30.8%
US/American 0.1%
English 9.2%
Irish 10.5%

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

Peoria Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 13 miles NW of Phoenix, Arizona
County Maricopa
Metro Area Phoenix - Mesa
Standard Zip Codes 85345, 85381, 85382, 85383
P.O. Box Zip Codes 85380, 85385
Phone Area Codes 623
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city does not observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.58
Longitude -112.236

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 YOUNGTOWN
Distance 3.9 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 68 F
Apr Temp 54 to 86 F
Jul Temp 79 to 108 F
Oct Temp 59 to 90 F
Annual Precip 9 inches
Station DEER VALLEY (PHOENIX)
Distance 8.8 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 66 F
Apr Temp 51 to 83 F
Jul Temp 77 to 104 F
Oct Temp 57 to 87 F
Annual Precip 7.7 inches
Station SOUTH PHOENIX
Distance 16.8 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 67 F
Apr Temp 51 to 85 F
Jul Temp 74 to 102 F
Oct Temp 56 to 87 F
Annual Precip 8.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cave Creek 5,122 $85,746
El Mirage 33,010 $50,884
Glendale 234,844 $54,866
Surprise 123,813 $66,386
Tolleson 6,806 $33,000
Youngtown 6,405 $52,066

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

Peoria Public Libraries

Library
Peoria Public Library
8463 WEST MONROE
Peoria, Arizona
(623) 773-7555

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Peoria High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

PEORIA HIGH SCHOOL
11200 N 83RD AVE
623-486-6300
Serves 2,750 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.8

SUNRISE MOUNTAIN HIGH SCHOOL
21200 N 83RD AVE
623-487-5125
Serves 2,305 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.2

CENTENNIAL HIGH SCHOOL
14388 N 79TH AV
623-412-4400
Serves 2,048 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.9

CENTENNIAL HIGH SCHOOL
14388 N. 79TH AVE.
623-873-1860
A Vocational School
Serves 624 students.

PEORIA ACCELERATED HIGH SCHOOL
8885 W PEORIA AVE.
623-979-0031
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 571 students.

PEORIA HIGH SCHOOL
11200 N. 83RD AVE.
623-873-1860
A Vocational School
Serves 436 students.

SKYLINE WEST HIGH SCHOOL
17667 N. 91ST AVE.
623-875-3175
A Charter School.
Serves 200 students.

DESERT POINTE ACADEMY
7785 W. PEORIA AVENUE
623-930-1734
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 125 students.

OMBUDSMAN LEARNING CENTER - NORTHWEST
9516 W. PEORIA AVE.
602-840-2997
A Charter School.
Serves 87 students.

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