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Overview

Introduction to Peoria, Illinois

The Illinois city of Peoria, county seat of Peoria County, is located on the banks of the Illinois River in the central part of the state, about 165 miles southwest of Chicago and about 70 miles north of the state capital of Springfield. Situated at the junction of Interstate Highways I-74 and I-474, Peoria is serviced by other thoroughfares including U.S. Route 24 and Illinois State Highways 6, 9, 29, and 116. Surrounding communities include Bartonville, Marquette Heights, and the newly established city of West Peoria. The city is home to Bradley University.

Originally known as Fort Clark, Peoria derived its new name in 1825 from one of the major tribes of the Illinois Indian confederacy. The village was incorporated as a town in 1835 and then as a city ten years later. The Civil War era marked a sharp division among the citizens of Peoria on the controversial issue of slavery. Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas gave impassioned speeches on the subject during 1854 on the city's courthouse steps. During the early years of the 20th century, Peoria was known as one of the largest manufacturers of liquor in the nation and was a prominent stop on the Vaudeville circuit. The city today has become synonymous with "mainstream America" and representative of Midwestern culture, often being used as a national test market for new products and opinion surveys.

Peoria Points of Interest

A 6.8-acre development in downtown Peoria known as Museum Square was completed in 2009. The site houses the Peoria Riverfront Museum, a large facility featuring hands-on and interactive displays, a planetarium, and exhibits from a variety of disciplines with a regional focus. The museum joins other Peoria museums such as the Wheels o' Time Museum and the Lakeview Museum for the Arts and Sciences. Bradley Park, a gift to the city from Bradley University founder Lydia Moss Bradley, was completed in 1910 and includes a Japanese Bridge and Garden. Glen Oak Zoo, which will soon be known as Peoria Zoo and Gardens, is undergoing renovations which will triple its size and allow the establishment of a major African safari exhibit. Other sites of interest in the city include the following:

  • Civil War Memorial: Dedicated by President McKinley and members of his cabinet in 1899
  • Grand View Drive: Cited by President Theodore Roosevelt as the "world's most beautiful drive."
  • Renaissance Park: A research park established in 2003
  • Forest Park Nature Center: A 500-acre wooded oasis
  • George L. Luthy Memorial Botanical Garden
  • Wildlife Prairie State Park
  • Peoria Riverfront

Annual events in Peoria include the Steamboat Classic, a four-mile long running race held every summer; and the Louie Louie Festival, a musical celebration of the beginning of summer held in late May on the Peoria Riverfront.

Professional sports in Peoria are alive and well, especially for baseball and hockey fans. The Peoria Chiefs are a Class Single-A minor league baseball team playing in the Midwest League. Founded in 1983, the team is affiliated with Major League Baseball's Chicago Cubs. Hockey fans can root for the Peoria Rivermen, a team in the American Hockey League (AHL) playing their home games at the city's Carver Arena. The Rivermen are an affiliate of the National Hockey League's St. Louis Blues, and before 2005 were at various times known as the Worcester IceCats, the Springfield Indians, the Syracuse Warriors, and the Springfield Kings.

Demographics

People

Total Population115,990
Male Share of the Population47.6%
Female Share of the Population52.4%
Senior Citizens13.7%
Employed Population 16+50,010
Age of the Population34

Families

% of people married40.1%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher33.9%
Median Earnings25+$35,707
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,329
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,241

Wealth

Median Family Income$61,964
% Above Poverty Level78.3%
% Below Poverty Level21.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home3%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.7%
% Using Public Transportation3.8%

Housing

People Living Alone36.6%
Median Gross Rent$740
Median House Value$127,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)42.2%
German19.8%
Irish10.8%
English7.1%
Italian3.6%
Polish2.1%
Swedish1.8%
Arab1.8%
French Except Basque1.7%
Scottish1.5%
Dutch1%
African0.8%
Lebanese0.7%
Norwegian0.6%
West Indian0.5%
Swiss0.4%
Welsh0.4%
Greek0.4%
Hungarian0.3%
Belgian0.3%
Kenyan0.3%
Romanian0.3%
Russian0.3%
Czech0.3%
Austrian0.2%
Syrian0.2%
Jamaican0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Haitian0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
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Peoria Almanac

CategoryValue
County Peoria County, Tazewell County
Standard Zip Codes61602, 61603, 61605, 61606, 61614, 61615, 61604, 61607, 61616, 61610, 61611
P.O. Box Zip Codes61601, 61612, 61650, 61651, 61652, 61653, 61654, 61655, 61656
Company Zip Codes61613, 61625, 61629, 61633, 61634, 61636, 61637, 61638, 61639, 61641, 61643, 61630, 61635
Phone Area Codes309
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude40.74
Approximate Longitude-89.6

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)

StationPEORIA GTR PEORIA AP
Distance5.3 miles
Jan Temp14 to 31 F
Apr Temp40 to 62 F
Jul Temp65 to 86 F
Oct Temp42 to 64 F
Annual Precip36 inches
StationPRINCEVILLE
Distance19.5 miles
Jan Temp10 to 30 F
Apr Temp37 to 63 F
Jul Temp61 to 85 F
Oct Temp39 to 65 F
Annual Precip38.2 inches
StationMINONK
Distance32.9 miles
Jan Temp13 to 30 F
Apr Temp38 to 62 F
Jul Temp62 to 86 F
Oct Temp41 to 66 F
Annual Precip37.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bartonville6,406$60,586
Bellevue1,650$58,702
Creve Coeur5,653$46,328
East Peoria23,090$71,125
Peoria Heights6,019$62,368

Peoria Public Libraries

Peoria Public Library
107 NORTHEAST MONROE STREET
Peoria, Illinois
(309) 497-2000

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Peoria Hospitals

Proctor Hospital
(Non-profit)
5409 N Knoxville Ave
(309) 691-1000
Methodist Medical Center Of Illinois
221 Northeast Glen Oak
(309) 672-5522
Greater Peoria Specialty Hospital Llc - Dba Kindred Hospital Peoria
(Proprietary)
500 West Romeo B Garrett Avenue
(309) 680-1500
Saint Francis Medical Center
(Non-profit)
530 Ne Glen Oak Ave
(309) 655-2000

Peoria Public Schools

Glen Oak Comm Learning Cntr
2100 N Wisconsin Ave
ZIP: 61603
(309) 672-6518
Primary
Total Enrollment 822
Greeley Alternative School
1800 Ne Perry Ave
ZIP: 61603
(309) 672-6520
Other
Total Enrollment 32
Lincoln School
700 Mary St
ZIP: 61603
(309) 672-6542
Primary
Total Enrollment 817
Von Steuben Middle School
801 E Forrest Hill Ave
ZIP: 61603
(309) 672-6561
Middle
Total Enrollment 351
Woodruff Career & Tech Center
1800 Ne Perry Ave
ZIP: 61603
(309) 672-6702
Other
Total Enrollment 96
Knoxville Center For Student Success
2628 N Knoxville Ave
ZIP: 61604
(309) 672-6625
High
Total Enrollment 123
Norwood Elem School
6521 W Farmington Rd
ZIP: 61604
(309) 676-3683
Middle
Total Enrollment 169
Norwood Primary School
200 S Main St
ZIP: 61604
(309) 697-6312
Primary
Total Enrollment 258
Peoria Cty Jvnl Det Ctr 6-8
223 N Maxwell Rd
ZIP: 61604
(309) 634-4200
Middle
Total Enrollment 10
Peoria Cty Jvnl Det Ctr 9-12
223 N Maxwell Rd
ZIP: 61604
(309) 697-6271
High
Total Enrollment 37
Peoria High School
1615 N North St
ZIP: 61604
(309) 672-6630
High
Total Enrollment 1282
Pleasant Valley Elem School
4623 W Red Bud Dr
ZIP: 61604
(309) 673-6750
Primary
Total Enrollment 291
Pleasant Valley Middle School
3314 W Richwoods Blvd
ZIP: 61604
(309) 679-0634
Middle
Total Enrollment 257
Quest Charter School Academy
918 W Florence Ave
ZIP: 61604
(309) 495-5988
Other
Total Enrollment 502
Robert A Jamieson School
2721 W Richwoods Blvd
ZIP: 61604
(309) 672-6594
Other
Total Enrollment 69
Seapco Academy
7225 W Plank Rd
ZIP: 61604
(309) 369-6640
High
Total Enrollment 48
Sterling Middle School
2315 N Sterling Ave
ZIP: 61604
(309) 672-6557
Middle
Total Enrollment 354
Thomas Jefferson Primary School
918 W Florence Ave
ZIP: 61604
(309) 672-6531
Primary
Total Enrollment 528
Woodrow Wilson Primary School
1907 W Forrest Hill Ave
ZIP: 61604
(309) 672-6571
Primary
Total Enrollment 416
Day Treatment
1419 S Folkers Ave
ZIP: 61605
(309) 672-6725
Other
Total Enrollment 48
Harrison Comm Learning Cntr
2727 W Krause Ave
ZIP: 61605
(309) 222-2001
Primary
Total Enrollment 634
Manual Academy
811 S Griswold St
ZIP: 61605
(309) 672-6600
High
Total Enrollment 719
Pleasant Hill Elem School
3717 W Malone St
ZIP: 61605
(309) 637-6829
Primary
Total Enrollment 254
Roosevelt Magnet School
1704 W Aiken Ave
ZIP: 61605
(309) 672-6574
Primary
Total Enrollment 569
Trewyn K-8 School
1419 S Folkers Ave
ZIP: 61605
(309) 672-6500
Primary
Total Enrollment 446
Valeska Hinton Early Ch Ed Ctr
800 W Romeo B Garrett Ave
ZIP: 61605
(309) 672-6810
Primary
Total Enrollment 398
Franklin Primary School
807 W Columbia Ter
ZIP: 61606
(309) 682-2693
Primary
Total Enrollment 549
Whittier Primary School
1619 W Fredonia Ave
ZIP: 61606
(309) 672-6569
Primary
Total Enrollment 306
Hollis Consolidated Grade Sch
5613 W Tuscarora Rd
ZIP: 61607
(309) 697-1325
Primary
Total Enrollment 154
Limestone Community High School
4201 Airport Rd
ZIP: 61607
(309) 697-6271
High
Total Enrollment 1050
Limestone Walters Elem School
8223 W Smithville Rd
ZIP: 61607
(309) 697-3035
Primary
Total Enrollment 183
Oak Grove West School
6018 W Lancaster Rd
ZIP: 61607
(309) 697-0621
Middle
Total Enrollment 186
Charles A Lindbergh Middle School
6327 N Sheridan Rd
ZIP: 61614
(309) 693-4427
Middle
Total Enrollment 343
Hines Primary School
4603 N Knoxville Ave
ZIP: 61614
(309) 672-6525
Primary
Total Enrollment 519
Kellar Primary School
6413 N Mount Hawley Rd
ZIP: 61614
(309) 693-4439
Primary
Total Enrollment 384
Northmoor Primary School
1819 W Northmoor Rd
ZIP: 61614
(309) 693-4435
Primary
Total Enrollment 399
Peoria Developmental Center
2018 W Cimarron Dr
ZIP: 61614
(309) 693-4424
Richwoods High School
6301 N University St
ZIP: 61614
(309) 693-4400
High
Total Enrollment 1331
Rolling Acres Middle School
5617 N Merrimac Ave
ZIP: 61614
(309) 693-4422
Other
Total Enrollment 318
Washington Gifted School
3706 N Grand Blvd
ZIP: 61614
(309) 672-6563
Middle
Total Enrollment 282
Charter Oak Primary School
5221 W Timberedge Dr
ZIP: 61615
(309) 693-4433
Primary
Total Enrollment 434
Mark W Bills Middle School
6001 N Frostwood Pkwy
ZIP: 61615
(309) 693-4437
Middle
Total Enrollment 211
Ridgeview Elementary School
3903 W Ridgeview Dr
ZIP: 61615
(309) 692-8260
Primary
Total Enrollment 451
Wilder-waite Elem School
10021 N Pacific St
ZIP: 61615
(309) 243-7728
Primary
Total Enrollment 391

Peoria Private Schools

Kiefer School
404 N E Madison Ave
ZIP: 61603
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 120
Methodist Family Child Care
415 Ne Saint Mark Ct Ste 1
ZIP: 61603
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
Peoria Christian School
3506 N California Ave
ZIP: 61603
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 827
St Philomena School
3216 N Emery Ave
ZIP: 61604
Elementary
Total Enrollment 401
Christ Lutheran School
1311 S Faraday Ave
ZIP: 61605
Elementary
Total Enrollment 158
King's Kids/south Side Mission
1127 S Laramie St
ZIP: 61605
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
New Life Christian Academy
3510 W Malone St
ZIP: 61605
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 19
St Mark School
711 N Underhill St
ZIP: 61606
Elementary
Total Enrollment 162
Aletheia School
7229 N Knoxville Ave
ZIP: 61614
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 28
Concordia Lutheran School
2000 W Glen Ave
ZIP: 61614
Elementary
Total Enrollment 194
Peoria Academy
2711 W Willow Knolls Dr
ZIP: 61614
Elementary
Total Enrollment 282
Peoria Hebrew Day School
5614 N University St
ZIP: 61614
Elementary
Total Enrollment 11
Peoria Notre Dame High School
5105 N Sheridan Rd
ZIP: 61614
Secondary
Total Enrollment 790
St Vincent De Paul School
6001 N University St
ZIP: 61614
Elementary
Total Enrollment 448
123 You N Me Preschool
809 W Detweiller Dr Ste A
ZIP: 61615
Elementary
Total Enrollment 30
Daarul Uloom
4125 W Charter Oak Rd
ZIP: 61615
Elementary
Total Enrollment 83
El Vista Baptist Academy
6301 N Syler St
ZIP: 61615
Elementary
Total Enrollment 24
Holy Family Parish School
2329 W Reservoir Blvd
ZIP: 61615
Elementary
Total Enrollment 183
Montessori Childrens House Of Peoria
3601 N North St
ZIP: 61615
Elementary
Total Enrollment 38
St Jude Catholic School
10811 N Knoxville Ave
ZIP: 61615
Elementary
Total Enrollment 74
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