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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    A
Peoria is a city in Illinois with a population of 115,424. Peoria is in Peoria County. Living in Peoria offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Peoria there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Peoria and residents tend to have moderate political views.
About Peoria...
Population
115,424

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$124,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$756
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    44%
  • Own
    56%
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Peoria Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    445.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    10.5
    6.1
  • Rape
    56.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    246.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    980.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,940.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    292.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

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This place is downright scary and dirty! Whenever we go (usually not a lot) we’re always living in constant fear that we’re going to get robbed. Depending on what side of Peoria you go to, meals can be cheap and good or expensive and horrible. When you visit this city we suggest you stay away from the South side and North side. Peoria isn’t all that bad places like Landmark bowling have very friendly and nice people you can make friends with! Also for kids they have Monkey Joes and Round One. There isn’t a lot to see they do have then river that flows through Peoria and they also have the museum which is pretty good if you ask me. Now there are really good parts of Peoria but just always be careful and watch your back because you never know who’s behind you! Thanks
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Peoria is a poor, dirty, and dangerous little city.The Peoria school system is terrible.Parts of the city are safe, but vast swaths of it are downright dangerous with roving bands of uncontrollable teens, thugs, drugs, you name it. There aren't enough police to investigate all the shootings and many murders go unsolved.Be careful going to Northwoods mall, any recreational centers, Chuck E Cheese, and definitely anything south of Highway 150; even going to the Golden Corral can be frequently dangerous.

If you are moving to this area, it's best to try to stay outside of Peoria itself. Instead, look to areas like Washington, Morton, Germantown Hills, or maybe Dunlap. 70% of the MSA population lives outside of Peoria and there are plenty of reasons why. High property taxes, crime, & corruption; just like a little Chicago without the nightlife.
It's a friendly place. It has lots of activities and places for kids and family fun. The people are kind. It has a great children's hospital that's a part of St. Jude. In the summer there are a lot of out door activities for the whole family that takes place right off the river. You can listen to live bands and enjoy some great food from many different ethnicities. You can enjoy a ride on the river boat or take the family go-kart riding. It have some very nice neighborhoods. All year long you can see the beautiful deer as they roam the city. You might find a family in your yard. In the fall you can find a flock of Turkey's crossing the road.it's an amazing sight! Overall Peoria is a good place to live.