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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$127,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$740
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    44%
  • Own
    56%

Peoria Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    426
    283
  • Murder
    9
    6
  • Rape
    55
    41
  • Robbery
    265
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    946
    500
  • Theft
    2,707
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    195
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$46,547
National
$55,322
Children
21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%

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Peoria Reviews

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Peoria is a lovely river town that always has something to do if you know where to look. There is a thriving local music scene that has taken off over the last few years and includes free concerts, local music festivals, and much more. There is also festivals along the riverfront that celebrate the diversity of the local area. Peoria is also a lovely city to run in. There are many races that take place all year all over the city! The Steamboat race is a famous four mile race that draws talent from all over the world! In the months leading up to it, participants can participate in Building Steam which helps runners build the strength to run the race. Another great part about the race is that literally ANYONE can do it. Access Steam makes the course accessible to people with mental or physical disabilities and there are many different groups for people to train in for Building Steam.
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I have lived in Peoria my entire life, with the exception of 3 years in Chicago for college. I love it here! I always say Peoria is like a big little city, because there is downtown and all the excitement of a bigger city but Peoria also has the small town feeling sometimes.
The people who are rating Peoria highly likely grew up here. The truth is that if you have grown up here and have family, it may be fine. If you haven't, people tend towards being pretty judgmental and unfriendly. As my hairdresser told me, everyone is fine with him once he says he was born in Peoria (he's from a town nearby), but people aren't terribly open if you are not from here. It's one of those places where people have their family and friends and new friends are not really needed. Lots people know each other, if you say the wrong thing, you can easily get blackballed. I did not get fired, but I have never seen more people get fired, esp due to petty reasons, in my life.
I have lived all over the country, so I speak from experience.