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Peoria, Illinois - 5/4/2009
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Victoria
Edelstein, IL

Small town living is the truth here in Peoria. Not too quick to move forward, Peoria is a nice place to raise a family. The anchor here is Caterpillar, which employs a lot of locals, and brings in people from all over the world for temporary relocation, which brings welcome diversity. A very Christian area, others with different spiritual philosophies are not readily embraced, but progress is still being made. Many try to move Peoria forward, but it just moves a bit slower here. The best part about Peoria is there is rarely a traffic jam. People are nice, and for the most part, very friendly. The worst part is little or no shopping and only a hand-full of good restaurants. So, you stay home more which saves money! The weather is oddly cloudy a great deal of the time. Not necessarily rainy, but the clouds seem to be a norm for this area. I have no idea why! It just is! The season's are felt full on here: Spring is gorgeous, summer is hot, fall is stunning and winter is freakin' cold and snowy, so something for everyone.
Well, there's your overview!

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kr
Winter Park, CO

Single white woman relocating to SW Peoria - 12/22/2012

Okay--what race of folks live in the lower West side of Peoria--say near the Lutheran Cemetary area? Yes, properties are cheap and spacious lots--how bad can it be for a single, white woman?? It's affordable which where I am from--is non-existent (Colorado)?? Peoria crime is on par with Pueblo, CO and Sacramento, CA--and I wouldn't really hesitate to live in either of these locations. So, please...bar your soul and tell me what I am risking by buying one of the cute, cheap home near Trewyn Middle School!!!

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Nunnya
Peoria, IL

P-town - 4/25/2012

In the past we have had the highest violent crime rate per capita in the state of Illinois. Yes, even higher than Chicago's. The rate is declining, but it is still not a safe place to be; especially the south end.

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John
Peoria, IL

Peoria - 7/28/2010

Peoria is a very reasonable place to live all around.

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Pj
Peoria, IL

Peoria is... - 6/27/2010

The City of Peoria is a river town. It is located in the Illinois River Valley on the banks of the Illinois River - a deep channel commercial shipping lane this is also the longest river in the state. Historically, it is not uncommon for a river town to have a higher incidnece of crime than an inland community of the same size. Peoria has made great strides in this area in the last few years by renovating, changing traffic patterns and discouraging bad behavior. Old warehouses were converted to living space and artist lofts. The waterfront was updated with fountain, meeting place, state-of-art fitness center, galleries and other venues. When completed THE BLOCK will house museums, Peoria Art Guild, restaurant and a new planetarium. Peoria will complete or begin projects totalling $200M this year. Many local events are held at the Peoria river front or the newly expanded Civic Center. Peoria has talent as evidenced in the community band, symphony orchestra, community singers, ballet and opera companies, artist colony, Peoria Players Theater, Broadway Series, and Cornstock - the 4th oldest summer theater in America - Indie films and Indie music, and musicians of every type from modern Jazz to Chamber Music, and last but never least is our comedy clubs and commedians. . Peoria is historic from its meager beginning as a French Village to it 2010 Gold Medal winner Peoria Park District to its cbildren's hospital - "the only full service teriary hospital for kids in downstate." Peoria has 3x more physicians than the national average. There is also a large community of non-traditonal practioners as well as natural food stores and Vegan restaurants. Peoria has always been a sports town from bowling and golf to baseball, football, hockey, soccer, skeet, GPS mountain biking, cross country races, swimming, gymnastics, skating, skiing and TT Finals; there is more in nearby counties. Nearly every public event in Peoria is managed by tbe Peoria Park District. Despite it nearly 10,000 acres, and year round offerings, and despite its award winning Peoria Zoologial Park, the public light is rarely shined on this very valuable Peoria asset. Peoria shops. Offerings range from the small boutiques in Peoris Heights to two malls and seven independent shopping centers, plus six natioal grocers, health food stores, three meat markets, a fish market and several small independent specialty food stores in Peoria. . Peoria educates. Peorians have a wide choice when it comes to educating our children from Homeschool to public school, from gifted to magnet schools, and from religious to private schools. Peoria has one of the few schools dedicated to educating Autistic children. Within Peoria Metropolitan Statistial Area residents can access nine main libraries, a number of satellite libraries, Bradley University, Eureka College, ICC community college, Spoon River community college, medical college, several trade schools, plus in nearby McLean county there is Nomral State University. a private college and a community college. Peorians do not lack in educational opporunityl Peoria has several modes of transportation incuding 5 bridges, 2 Interstate routes. 2 US routes and 3 Illnois State Routes that move vehicles in and around Peoria, Additionally there is a regional airport with direct flights, national bus service, taxi, city bus and limo service. Peoria exports by air, rail, water and truck. "According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Peoria ranks 20th of all metropolitan cities exporting to Europe, putting it in league with New York, San Francisco and Chicago." Peoria has never been a gastronomic adventure, but there has always been four or five staple restaurants that offer casual dining, plus food fairs, seasonal Farmer's Market, fast food and specialty foods like Trefzger's Bakery that has served Peorians for over 100-years. Peoria does not offer Chicago style dining, but we do have some awfully good food and an excellent Peoria Health Department that protects the public. . Peoria, for its size has a very diverse culture and religious community that includes Federalist, Greek Orthodox, Catholic, Jewish, AME, Unitarian, mainstream Christian and others. Peoria is a city of many colors, many cultures, many talents, many philosophies, many political views and an ancient history that includes Native Americans and the City of Chicago. As a whole Peoria will meet or exceed the expectations of the majority of its residents and visitors. River cities being what they are will aways have less than desireable neighborhoods and business that fails. It should not be a criteria. Despite the downturn in the national economy Peoria's economy is stable because it knows how to reinvent itself. The economy of yesterday that was built on industry and Caterpillar, is today built on a medical, business, technolotical and financial model that will serve the city well into the future. Peoria, Illinois is a good place for family and business to call home.

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Huts
Peoria, IL

Run Away! - 2/22/2010

Cost of living in the entire state is high. Real Estate taxes are high especially since they pay for a mismanaged school system. Taxes in general are constantly rising and we get less in return. Only 1 major employer in this town and if they fold or leave, so will the town.

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Mike
Peoria, IL

Cost Of Living - 1/23/2010

Cost of living is good for city this size.

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Jim
Peoria, IL

Crime Rate - 8/23/2009

Trending downward they seem to have their arms around it

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Victoria
Edelstein, IL

Peoria, Illinois - 5/4/2009

Small town living is the truth here in Peoria. Not too quick to move forward, Peoria is a nice place to raise a family. The anchor here is Caterpillar, which employs a lot of locals, and brings in people from all over the world for temporary relocation, which brings welcome diversity. A very Christian area, others with different spiritual philosophies are not readily embraced, but progress is still being made. Many try to move Peoria forward, but it just moves a bit slower here. The best part about Peoria is there is rarely a traffic jam. People are nice, and for the most part, very friendly. The worst part is little or no shopping and only a hand-full of good restaurants. So, you stay home more which saves money! The weather is oddly cloudy a great deal of the time. Not necessarily rainy, but the clouds seem to be a norm for this area. I have no idea why! It just is! The season's are felt full on here: Spring is gorgeous, summer is hot, fall is stunning and winter is freakin' cold and snowy, so something for everyone. Well, there's your overview!

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Rick
Peoria, IL

Engineering City - 2/11/2008

Good midwestern city with formitable downtown and layout. Plenty to do including minor league sports, arts, and other entertainment.

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Clint
Barry, IL

Peoria - Pros/Cons - 2/10/2008

Pros: 1. Low cost of living and housing 2. Affordable place to live 3. Diverse economy 4. Good school system 5. Home to Bradley University and Caterpillar Corporation Cons: 1. High crime rate 2. Not much to do 3. I think there have been some lay-offs at Caterpillar

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Kate
Dunlap, IL

Never going to leave - 2/9/2008

Peoria is a great place to grow up, stay, and make a family of your own. There are plenty of things to do both indoors and out, but with an intimate feel. If you feel like being a big city Chicago or St. Louis are only a quick 2 hour ride away.

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Chance
Peoria, IL

The Caterpillar mining town - 5/27/2007

Well for some, Peoria is a great large town (It is not quite a city) to live in. I have lived here off and on for 18 years and I have seen it decline rapidly. The town is getting more slum-like as time goes on. Now it looks like the South Side has expanded all the way out to the Northwoods Mall area. Businesses are closing and nothing is coming in to replace them. Nothing says decline of civilization like vacant boarded up buildings. Also the only real employment in this area is Caterpillar. If you work in any of the plants (or if you plan to) expect 10-12 hour days 6-7 days a week. Caterpillar knows it is the only job in town so it tends to exploit their employees. There is no real art and culture here. Sure there is a big new art museum coming, but guess who is sponsoring it... Yep! Caterpillar. Nothing says fine art than tractors and truck engines!!! Really the only thing to do around here is stay boozed up. The 4 o' clock bars are great and really fun IF YOU ARE 21... After 25, the "bar scene" is overkill. Yes there are sporting events (Baseball, hockey)... Peoria could stand to get a professional basketball team here, that might increase some tourism dollars to come in and that Peoria's city council might think about working on its future entertainment visions. They fought the gambling boat and they fought Hooters from coming in. The city council here must all be 75 year old conservative right-wing religious fanatics... They are worried about what kind of image Hooters sends out... Old out dated values, declining city care and upkeep (sure the interstate looks great, but have you seen the inner-city streets?). It is no wonder that the only increasing commodity in this area is methamphetamine. When meth/crank is becoming the drug of choice for entertainment, means the city is dying or already dead... I would compare Peoria Illinois to Marysville/Yuba City California. If you plan on moving here, I would consider somewhere else. I have tried this town and stuck it out as long as I could stand (combined total of 18 years) and I have seen this town in its highs and lows (Remember; "Last one out, turn out the lights" era of the early 80's... Peoria was a nicer city to live in then! There is a reason the housing costs are cheap here... And it is NOT for positive reasons. To those that love it here, good luck to you... I am turning out the lights where I am at because I am out of here...

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Prakah
Peoria, IL

Not Chicago - 3/8/2007

Basic small town. Nothing special. In Illinois, there's Chicago and the rest. Peoria is part of the "rest".

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pauline

Info - 7/3/2006

Looking at relocation to this area. Could somebody take the time to tell me about this place?

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Tim
Peoria, IL

Suprisingly good mountain biking - 6/10/2006

For a city that 800 miles from the nearest mountain, Peoria has a surprising amount of quality single-track mountain bike trails. No drastic elevation changes for long downhills or plank bridges through tree canopies but all around enjoyable and challenging rides.

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joseph
Peoria, IL

It plays in Peoria - 12/7/2005

Good lifestyle with excellent medical facilities. Easy commute around town. Property taxes have actually been lowered over the past five years. In center of city access to five major shopping centers within ten minutes. City is turning around the schools. Good colleges and junior colleges in town and within 50 miles (Bradley U, Illinois State, Illinois Central Community College, Eureka College, Western Illinois University). Downtown revitalization campaign with new Caterpillar museum being built and RecPlex facility. Most decent housing will cost at least $160K, but market runs from $60K to $4M. Three hour drive from big cities of Chicago and Saint Louis. Has minor league baseball, hockey, arena football teams. Above average public and private golf courses. Very active neighborhood associations. Slower pace than big cities and farmland properties just outside of city limits. Has good cultural and arts available with Symphony orchestra, ballet company, Civic center for rock bands, etc, The people are very friendly and courteous in person, but don't be a pedestrian downtown as some drivers do not yield. A very comfortable place to live and raise a family.

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Elaine
Peoria, IL

Peoria is GREAT! - 11/4/2005

We just moved to Peoria from Minnesota. The people here are very friendly, the town is easy to navigate, there are alot of great restaurants to eat at, the housing is cheap and there is adequate shopping with the new mall in town and a great 18 plex movie theatre. I think the countryside is pretty around the river and it's neat to live in a new house and see cow farms out your back window, kind of like having city amenities with country views! EB

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joe
Peoria, IL

Not much to do - 8/14/2005

Peoria has been looking better these last few years with the riverfront development, new shopping mall and new housing on the north end of town. However, as far as jobs, the only way you'll make good money in this town is to be hired on by Caterpillar or one of the hospitals in the medical profession. The Illinois river runs through downtown - too bad it's been so polluted for years that most people fear even swimming in it and forget about fishing. Most employment in Peoria will be lower paying jobs in the retail/food service industry. Peoria has several festivals during the year at the riverfront which usually draw a small crowd. Haven't seen many really good ones however. Land around this part of illinois is pretty flat and lacking scenery. Very little fishing around Peoria except in some power plant lakes that are stocked - not fun in my opinion. Takes away from the whole 'getting in touch with nature' thing. Good hiking and bike trails at near by Jubilee State Park but other than that, not much 'wilderness' to get in touch with. Housing can be cheap but you have to consider the neighborhood that those houses are in. This shows Peoria with very cheap housing - well it can be but you'd be living in a less than desirable location. All the new development is much higher priced and above national avg. I'd say avg being around $200k.

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