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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    A-
Peoria County is located in Illinois with a population of 186,145. Living in Peoria County offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Peoria County there are a lot of bars, restaurants, and coffee shops. Many families and young professionals live in Peoria County and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Peoria County are above average.
Population
186,145

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$128,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$756
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    35%
  • Own
    65%
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Peoria County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    407.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    9.6
    6.1
  • Rape
    58.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    211.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    885.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,763.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    274.2
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%

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Peoria County Reviews

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I love Peoria because it's just the right size! To start they have a decent airport, several colleges, private and public education, a few hospitals, couple malls, sports teams, casino, buyer's market and more.
On the other hand, you will see very cold winters with snow and some very hot summers. Our schools don't rate the highest. The pay isn't that good for most. Our taxes are being increased annually.
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Peoria has a lot of different activities that allow the community to come together have a good time. They also have plenty of different opportunities for colleges such as Methodist College, OSF College of Nursing, Bradley University, Illinois Central College, and others!
There isn’t much entertainment here in Peoria, I would say from the ages 12-21 there is not much for one to do. It’s too young for drinking and too old for Chuck E. Cheese. The indoor shopping mall is sad, Half the stores are gone. The outdoor mall is small but gets a lot of action in the warmer.The school systems aren’t the best and this district doesn’t have a lot of money to work with. Some of The high schools don’t have air conditioning so the student are on heat schedule for the warmer months.
The night life is bigger here, they have plenty of bars and clubs to go to. The Real Estate market is slow,I have seen first hand how long things stay on the market .I will add that Peoria is very diverse. I believe that is partly due to the fact that Caterpillar employees and Bradley University getting so many diverse students.Lastly the commute time in Peoria isn’t bad t all. The traffic is pretty mild during the week.