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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B+
Peru is a town in Illinois with a population of 9,947. Peru is in LaSalle County. Living in Peru offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Peru there are a lot of restaurants and parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in Peru and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Peru are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$117,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$700
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    29%
  • Own
    71%
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Peru 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
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    81.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    61
    40.7
  • Robbery
    50.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    274.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,281.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    30.5
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    7%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    9%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    25%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    16%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    35%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in Peru

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$46,284
National
$55,322
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Peru Reviews

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Peru is certainly a unique town. It has great local food and shops, along with great people! Another perk is that it is only 20 minutes away from the iconic Starved Rock State Park.
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I've lived here for most of my life. I loved the public school education growing up; however, I seemed to get the last round of really good teachers. Most of them were either at the beginnings of their careers (and left to raise their families) or the ends of their careers and retired. I would love to see teachers who are passionate about students and not paychecks back in the school systems. Currently, I tutor children with dyslexia as a part-time job, and I find that though the teachers are rather good with educating the neurotypical kids, the ones with learning disabilities are pawned off the aides, who, though well-meaning, don't have the expertise to actually teach them. I would like to see more educators and administrators compassionate about their students' struggles. Perhaps, schools could offer free LD training for those who need it. Another option is creating discounts for large groups to go to workshops and learn about working with these diverse conditions.
Peru is a great town to live in. They have great restaurants and tourists activities. the community puts on many festivals and outreach programs. the have lovely clean parks and a fantastic YMCA. They offer many sports and arts related activities for children and adults and there is always something to do. We are also within an hours drive to bigger cities and only 15 minutes away from state parks with great hiking and beautiful scenery. Peru has various places to fish and canoe also. Peru truly has something for everyone and I enjoy living here.