Rating 3.2 out of 5 228 reviews
Music and art scene is vibrant and diverse! Started a community Drum Circle with art and unique vendors and it has taken off like wild fire, proving to me just how many creative and eclectic people live here. Lots of people working hard to rejuvenate certain areas that were affected by shifting tides in the 80's. Many digging in to do the hard work of creating equality for all residents, there really is an enormous opportunity to make a difference toward that here, if that is something you care about like me. I enjoy the many parks and my husband appreciates the many disc golf courses. There is something for everyone. The beauty of the river and Grand View Drive. Big music festivals of every kind! Hiking clubs, Poetry clubs, quality choirs and theaters, symphony... the list goes on.
Covid changed the lives of many .Overall Peoria is a good place to live.I would recommend living here clean environment,.
Crime, snow, bad leadership. When I moved here for a job in 2007, it wasn't too bad. It's steadily gone downhill. Peoria gets voted as a bad city to live in on a number of sites and YouTube videos. Gangsters have been moving south from Chicago into Peoria and brought with them violence and drugs; worse yet, they've weakened the educational system. We've had a series of governors in Illinois who haven't just been recalled, but imprisoned for corruption. Although you can get an affordable house that is pretty safe if you avoid certain neighborhoods, property taxes are as high as those in California. As soon as I get a retirement offer, I'm out of here. The reason? It's not just that we only have 6 weeks of good weather here a year, but it's also because the city itself is awful.
I would like to see more street lights in the more country parts of the neighborhood for example Charter Oak Road is a very busy road but it's very difficult to drive on the road at night. The schools in Peoria are friendly and have been generous since the struggle with COVID-19. Overall, Peoria is a great place to be.
I love Peoria because its big but not to big. I love the friendliness of people around and they are all so welcoming.
Downtown Peoria serves the city with many things to do. Sadly, safety is not the main concern in Peoria. Living in Peoria I do not always feel safe.
Peoria is an average size city, with the surrounding towns increasing it's size and diversity. For it's size, it does have a good amount of local restaurants and parks. One thing to note is that the newer areas tend to be filled by higher income families, leaving lower income household in the much older, less visually appealing part of town.
It's a boring and horrible place. Alot people pretend to know GOD even though that's what they mostly represent. It's kinda creepy. It seems like people traded in paded Walls for very dark tented vehicle windows.
Peoria has a very high crime rate and doesn't have much to do in it. The streets need major work, and the drivers are awful. Depending on where you live depends on if you get one of the best-ranked educations in central Illinois, or if you get stuck in a district that is not the best and has a lower education. There are many different places to go but not many that look amazing and that is safe. Peoria is not the ideal place to live in my opinion.
Odd mixture of some very poor and some very rich. There probably is middle class somewhere but they must hide well.
I’m from Saint Louis. My husband got a job here. We have a condo in the Warehouse district & I love, love the area! Same vibe as a few neighborhoods in STL. Went to a few events before COVID, but with COVID a lot has been canceled for the Summer. I feel like there is a lot to do here under normal cirumstances. I can’t speak on schools...as my kids are grown & in college in Missouri. Taxes are higher here for sure! Crime is like STL you just have to be aware of certain areas. Some areas a difference of a few blocks...like STL. No matter where you are always should do research & be aware of your surroundings. The locals are friendly enough. I like it here.
Large variety in shopping, dining, and other businesses without feeling overwhelmed by people and traffic, but crime rate makes it less desirable.
There are many things about Peoria that are good, but there are an overwhelming parts about Peoria that are bad. The areas of Peoria that provide entertainment are in bad areas of town. Night life is almost non-existent. There are multiple things for the family to do, but only a few things that are unique to the area.
I have lived in Peoria for two years. The experience is very new to me considering that I have never lived in an apartment environment before. I like how diverse this city is. From my experience, it is more diverse than most places where I have lived. I would like to see more control in terms of safety. There are times when you always have a feeling of unease in certain areas because you don't feel safe.
It's a very populous yet respectful, quiet, and dare I say, normal town. There are plenty of restaurants and gyms, the neighborhoods and parks are very diverse, and it is a great place to live.
I grew up in Peoria, I generally like it here for the most part. I would like to see Peoria bring back jobs and opportunities for the younger generations to have things to do ... Such as after school programs, activities andWeekend recreational facilities.
I liked that it was relatively safe. I fit in pretty quickly, which came as a surprise. However, there is a problem with segregation that I can not ignore. Those who live in the lower income neighborhoods go to the schools that don't have good academics. At my school, there was an obvious majority black and Hispanic population.