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Overview
Population:378,886
Pop. Change:3%
State: Illinois
Metro Area:Peoria Metro Area
County:Peoria, Tazewell, ... 5 total
City:Peoria, Peoria City township, ... 137 total
Zip Code:61554, 61604, ... 65 total
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Peoria's Real Estate Market
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 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
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Peoria Metro Area

Profile: Mid-sized city

Location: North-central Illinois, 135 miles southwest of Chicago

Elevation: 662

Time zone: Central Standard Time

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Peoria is a pleasant, small community that is one of the oldest cities in the state. It is a business, industrial, and agricultural center known as the headquarters for Caterpillar, Inc. and the heavy-equipment industry. It is also home to the United States Agricultural Research Laboratory. Consistent with its mainstream Midwestern stereotype, life in Peoria is generally quiet. Downtown is clean and unremarkable but has some new entertainment venues, including a new museum center, civic center and high-rise residential units. The Illinois River waterfront is nice, and attractive older residential areas surround the city in the nearby hills.

Cost of living and home prices are attractive, especially on a national scale. The nature of Caterpillar and the equipment business suggests economic cycles. There have been periods of extended economic malaise, but the industrial/commercial base is growing and diversifying. Peoria is home to the 6,000-student Bradley University, and educational attainment is high for a small town. The city is also home to a strong healthcare sector, including three hospitals and the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

Peoria is situated next to the Illinois River in a shallow river valley, surrounded by gently rolling terrain. The climate is continental with typically changeable weather and a wide range of temperatures. Summer is generally pleasant, with some humid periods mid-season. Most precipitation falls in summer, mainly as thunderstorms. Falls are pleasant, with frequent periods of long, warm, dry days. Winter brings a mix of rain and snow. First freeze is late October, last is late April.

Interesting Facts about the Peoria, Illinois Metro Area

As of 2014, Peoria Metro Area's population is 378,886 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 3.27 percent.

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The median home cost in Peoria Metro Area is $106,200. Home appreciation the last year has been 0.20 percent.

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Compared to the rest of the country, Peoria Metro Area's cost of living is 10.60% Lower than the U.S. average.

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Peoria Metro Area public schools spend $11,895 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 16.9 students per teacher in Peoria Metro Area.

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The unemployment rate in Peoria Metro Area is 7.00 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Peoria Metro Area jobs have Increased by 1.27 percent.


Ranked #36 America's Best and Worst Cities for Crime (Mid-Size Metro Areas)
Ranked #51 2005 Best Places to Live
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Average Commute time is 20 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

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Peoria Metro Area's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)

 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes


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