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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
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B
Peru is a town in Illinois with a population of 9,864. Peru is in LaSalle County. Living in Peru offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Peru there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, 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
$120,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$721
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    30%
  • Own
    70%
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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
    40.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    51.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    10.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    122.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,361.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    40.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    9%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    25%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    16%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    37%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    33%
    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
$49,018
National
$55,322
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There was a lot to do here last 5 or 6 years ago there is nothing any more. The mall so empty there is not lot to do here anymore. Mostly every single week I drive up to Aurora cause they have more stuff but here everything is dying here u sad to see it go! Its good to live here but if u want to go shopping here no. There's stores to go but not a lot. :(
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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.
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.