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A+ Peoria Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D Peoria Cost of Living Cost of living is 4% higher than Arizona
1033% more expensive than the US average
991% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Peoria cost of living
B Peoria Crime Total crime is 32% lower than Arizona
Total crime
2,13217% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 4717% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-8%Year over year crime is down
Peoria crime
C Peoria Employment Household income is 29% higher than Arizona
Median household income
$66,16320% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$29,968equal to the US average
Unemployment rate
4%12% lower than the US average
Peoria employment
B Peoria Housing Home value is 18% higher than Arizona
Median home value
$208,20013% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,13720% higher than the US average
Home ownership
70%11% higher than the US average
Peoria real estate or Peoria rentals
C Peoria Schools HS graduation rate is 7% higher than Arizona
High school grad. rates
88%6% higher than the US average
School test scores
50%1% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
19:120% higher than the US average
Peoria K-12 schools or Peoria colleges

Living in Peoria, AZ

Peoria is a moderately-sized city located in the state of Arizona. The city has a population of 158,677 residents. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (85% White). Given that fact, Peoria could be considered less diverse than other cities. Peoria is known to be family friendly as more than 75% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 59% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

Living in Peoria can be a great experience for anyone relocating to the town. Having said that, in the state of Arizona, there are many desirable places to live, so choose wisely! To help you find the best places to live in and around Peoria, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, crime, cost of living, employment, housing and more.

With a livability score of 80/100, Peoria is ranked #1,701 in the United States and #8 in Arizona. This is a phenomenal score, as Peoria ranks well in multiple categories! Another exciting tidbit, is that Peoria ranks better than 90% of all US cities! Based on the grades for each individual category, Peoria has been rewarded with high marks for amenities (A+), crime (B+), weather (B) and housing (B). Peoria does not rank well for the following: cost of living (D). It might be a smart idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Peoria on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Peoria: Turf Soaring School, Arizona Broadway Theatre, and Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia.

Based on multiple factors including: median home and rental prices, appreciation rates and home affordability, Peoria has received high marks in the housing category. Based on these calculations, the apartment rental and real estate market appears to be very healthy.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Peoria. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Peoria are affordable. Median real estate prices in Peoria come in at $208,200, which is 17.7% higher than the Arizona average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Peoria, the home price to income ratio is 3.2, which is 8.6% lower than the Arizona average. Real estate appreciation rates in Peoria are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Peoria homes comes in at 6.7%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 8.1%.

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One of the better options in the Phoenix area

I've lived in and around Peoria for 15 years. 10-15 years ago, It was my favorite suburb of Phoenix. It's still one of my faves in the area, but the entire Phoenix metro area has drastically changed, and not for the better. Peoria use to be full of middle to middle upper class laid back people. People with money but didn't flaunt it. The ones that flaunt it were mostly in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and Cave Creek. Now, the most northern portion of the city is flooded with people that think they are better than everyone else and just overall difficult to be around. The most southern portion of the city has the most crime and people are a little more rough around the edges. Then there's the middle part of Peoria around the Arrowhead area. Although there's some crime, it's minimal compared to the southern part of Peoria and far better than most cities around Phoenix. The school district is one of the best in the Phoenix metro area. My son's school has had a grade A rating all 4 years he's been there and the staff is truly the best in the city. There's plenty of shopping, dining and sports events. Peoria sports complex is around the Arrowhead area where there's a mall,several additional stores and more restaurants than i can name. About 10-15 minutes south is Westgate which is where the AZ Cardinals play, the Coyotes play, and more shopping and dining. There's several movie theaters, bowling alleys, places for kids to play laser tag and indoor trampoline parks. There's 2 zoos around the Phoenix area. Neither one is in Peoria but the wildlife zoo is only 15-30 minutes away depending on what part of the city you're in. Overall, I'd say central Peoria is still one of the best places to live in AZ.
  • 6 -1
No thank you

I have lived in Glendale/Peoria for over two years now. If you enjoy 120 degree summers, 100% republican views and every one treating you like they're better than you; then this is the place to be. The same stores are on EVERY corner, few vegan/vegetarian options when dining out. Everyone here just gets drunk and watches the Cardinals. If I had known what I know now, trust I would not be writing this from my office in AZ. Please, unless you're a 55 year old republican, take my advice and move elsewhere.
  • 3 -17
Euphoria in Peoria, Arizona

I had the opportunity of visiting the city of Peoria in January of last year. I was traveling to California to visit my daughter. I was running ahead of schedule and pulled off my regular route to see Phoenix. While having breakfast the server told me about the Pleasant Valley RV Park and suggested I see if they had an opening. On the drive over I was impressed with the scenery and cleanliness Peoria. To see the views of Lake Pleasant every morning when I awoke was worth a kings fortune.

Dining out was an experience of great pleasure as there were many great restaurants in Peoria. On my first evening I dined at Abuelo's. Upon entering and being greeted by statues of regal Mexicans was an eye opener. I could not truly enjoy the wonderful appetizer because I was to busy gazing at the ceiling. It is awesome. It is truly like being outside on a courtyard in Mexico City. That mellow yellow of the walls is so calming and soothing that you want to stay forever. Of course the food is tantalizing. I allowed the server to choose for me and I was impressed. Shrimp Enchiladas with Sherry Sauce.

There is a real sense of safety in Peoria, as a woman traveling alone this was important. The friendly, helpful people were a delight and I had many memorable converstations with the Peoria locals. I truly wish to come again, and I will!
  • 5 0
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Source: The Peoria, AZ data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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