Livability Score

73
/100
i The AreaVibes Livability Score evaluates 9 different categories and creates an overall score out of 100. The higher the score, the better the area.

amenities B

There are some amenities close to this location.
Coffee (8) F
Thirty-Thirty Coffee
Coffee Shop
Thyme Kitchen + Craft Beer
Coffee Shop
Unknown Name
Coffee Shop
Starbucks
Coffee Shop
One World Cafe
Coffee Shop
Starbucks
Coffee Shop
Entertainment (28) A+
Apollo Theatre
Theatre Arts
Madison Theater
Theatre Arts
The Doug Oberhelman Caterpillar Visitors Center
Attraction
Lava
Nightclub
The Landing
Theatre Arts
Giant Screen Theater
Cinema
Contemporary Art Center of Peoria
Theatre Arts
Unknown Name
Water Park
Dozer Park
Stadium
John C. Flanagan House Museum
Museum
Gwynn Family Aquatic Center
Water Park
Pettingill-Morron House
Museum
Heuser Hall
Theatre Arts
Dingeldine Hall
Theatre Arts
Hartmann Center
Theatre Arts
Glen Oak Amphitheatre
Theatre Arts
Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum
Museum
Peoria Zoo
Zoo
Luthy Botanical Gardens greenhouse
Attraction
Corn Stock Theatre Center
Theatre Arts
Corn Stock Theatre
Theatre Arts
Eastlight Theatre
Theatre Arts
Landmark Cinemas
Cinema
Peoria Public Schools Stadium
Stadium
Kartville
Theme Park
Food and Drink (53) A-
Subway
Fast Food
Cookies by Design
Sweets
Kenny's Westside Pub
Bar
Jimmy John's
Fast Food
Club Diesel
Bar
Ulrich's Rebellion Room
Bar
Emack & Bolio's
Sweets
Martinis on Water
Bar
Subway
Fast Food
Steak 'n Shake
Fast Food
Arby's
Fast Food
Qdoba
Fast Food
Culver's
Fast Food
Papa John's
Fast Food
Jimmy John's
Fast Food
Campustown Liquors
Alcohol
Bacci Pizza Express
Fast Food
Subway
Fast Food
Panda House
Fast Food
Panera Bread
Fast Food
Jimmy John's
Fast Food
McDonald's
Fast Food
Potbelly
Fast Food
Panda Express
Fast Food
Ice Cream Shack
Sweets
Fitness (9) F
RiverPlex
Gym
East Bluff Community Center
Community Centre
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Community Centre
William R. O'Neill Westminster Parish House
Community Centre
Richland Farms Community Center
Community Centre
Nannie M. Johnson Community Center
Community Centre
Fondulac Park Administrative Center
Community Centre
The Salvation Army Corps Community Center
Community Centre
Unknown Name
Gym
Saint Thomas Community Center
Community Centre
Creve Coeur Community Center
Community Centre
Country Club of Peoria
Community Centre
Groceries (8) F
Walmart Supercenter
Grocery Store
ALDI
Grocery Store
Target
Grocery Store
Kroger
Grocery Store
Walmart
Grocery Store
Schnucks
Grocery Store
Parks (138) A+
Courthouse Square Greenspace
Park
Unknown Name
Park
Fulton Street Plaza greenspace
Park
Salvation Army Child Care Outdoor Play Area
Playground
Eckwood Park
Park
James W. Baldwin RiverFront Festival Park
Park
Unknown Name
Playground
Liberty Park
Park
Globe Street greenspace
Park
Fayette Street greenspace
Park
Main Street greenspace
Park
Glen Oak Avenue greenspace
Park
Unknown Name
Park
Hamilton Boulevard greenspace
Park
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Park
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Park
Walnut Street greenery
Park
Peoria Police Headquarters greenery
Park
Unknown Name
Playground
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Playground
UnityPoint Methodist Hospital Employee break area
Park
Crescent Avenue greeenspace
Park
Morton Square Park
Park
Water Street greenery
Park
State Street greenery
Park
Shops (76) D-
Nailon Plumbing Supplies
Home Improvement
CityBlue Technologies
Electronics
Stop N' Save
Convenience Store
Family Dollar
Discount Store
Builder's Warehouse
Home Improvement
Peoria Bike Coop
Bicycle
PetSmart
Pets
Unknown Name
Convenience Store
Lowe's
Home Improvement
Shell Select
Convenience Store
Dollar Tree
Discount Store
A Sharp Effect Salon
Hairdresser
Supreme Nails
Beauty
Bard Optical
Optician
Reflections
Beauty
Bradley University Bookstore
Books
The Bins at UFS
Discount Store
AT&T
Electronics
T-Mobile
Electronics
Kohl's
Department Store
BP Shop
Convenience Store
Salon Alchemy
Beauty
Shell
Convenience Store
Family Dollar
Discount Store
Q Fashions & Beauty Supply
Beauty
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commute A+

Of all people who commute, 1.9% take public transportation in Peoria.
Public Transit Stops (23)
Stops & Stations
A+
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Workers Taking Public Transit
1.9%
F
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cost of living A+

The cost of living in Peoria is 89/100 - which is 8% lower than Illinois.
Cost of Living
Goods & Services, Housing, etc.
A-
Tax Rates
Income & Sales Tax
D+
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crime F

Peoria crime rates are 4,327 per 100k, which is 120% higher than Illinois
Property Crime
3,138 crimes per 100k
F
Violent Crime
1,189 crimes per 100k
F
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employment D+

The median income in Peoria is $51,736 - which is 13% lower than Illinois.
Med. Household Income
$51,736
F
Unemployment Rate
5.9%
F
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health A+

There are some hospitals, police and fire stations.
Health & Safety (29)
Dentist, Doctor, Hospital, etc.
A+
Kidney Care Center. Saadur Rahman, DO, FASN
Doctor
Peoria Fire Central
Fire Station
Peoria Fire/Rescue Marine Station 1
Fire Station
UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine
Clinic
Hanger Clinic
Clinic
UnityPoint Health - Methodist
Hospital
Peoria Police Department
Police
OSF Saint Francis Medical Center
Hospital
Heartland Community Clinic
Clinic
Community Crisis Center
Clinic
CVS Pharmacy
Pharmacy
Bradley University Police
Police
Unknown Name
Clinic
Alwan Pharmacy & Compounding Center
Pharmacy
Walgreens
Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy
Pharmacy
Fire Station Number 2
Fire Station
Peoria Fire Station 4
Fire Station
West Peoria Fire Department
Fire Station
West Peoria Fire Department
Ambulance Station
Peoria Fire Department Station 12
Fire Station
Walgreens
Pharmacy
Limestone Fire Station Number Five
Fire Station
Dempsey Street Fire Station
Fire Station
Essential Wellness Pharmacy
Pharmacy
Air Quality
Median Air Quality
B+
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housing A+

Peoria home prices are $127,900 - which is 27% lower than Illinois
Home Price
$127,900
F
Home Appreciation Rate
1%
C+
Home Affordability
2.5x (home price to income ratio)
A+
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schools F

The Peoria graduation rate is 84% - which is equal to Illinois
School Test Scores
26%
F
High School Grad. Rates
84%
C
Elementary Schools (53) D-
Methodist Family Child Care
Franklin Primary School
St Mark School
Lincoln School
Glen Oak Comm Learning Cntr
Woodruff Career & Tech Center
Kiefer School
Whittier Primary School
Roosevelt Magnet School
Quest Charter School Academy
Aletheia School
Von Steuben Middle School
Central Jr High School
Online Learning Academy
Christ Lutheran School
Calvin Coolidge Middle School
Peoria Christian School
St Philomena School
P L Bolin Elem School
Thomas Jefferson Primary School
Sterling Middle School
Lincoln Elem School
Peoria Christian School - Monroe
Woodrow Wilson Primary School
Washington Gifted School
High Schools (19) F
Peoria High School
Woodruff Career & Tech Center
Kiefer School
Knoxville Safe School Program
Knoxville Cntr Student Success
Quest Charter School Academy
Online Learning Academy
East Peoria High School
Peoria Christian School
Manual Academy
Day Treatment
Christian Life Academy
New Life Christian Academy
Roe 53 Academy
Robert A Jamieson School
Peoria Heights High School
Peoria Notre Dame High School
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ratings F

Peoria has an overall rating of 48% from 31 reviews.
User Reviews (8)
From AreaVibes
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User Surveys (23)
From AreaVibes
D
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does not give law or criminal procedure to children or theft 1 rating By Anonymous ( Dec 05, 2019) Do not go near central illinois,this area does not respond to stolen state id or social security cards ,allows theft and forgery of custody paperwork from other county circuits and those who perform criminal procedure resort to using sexual intimidation ,humiliation and additiona ...Read More l actions of theft ,they shut off phone accounts and break into email accounts when actions like are reported instead of criminal procedure.Peoria and tazewell counties noticeably abuse an individuals right to criminal procedure for healthcare fraud for paid employer health insurance.Numerous businesses and professionals noticeably have left the area from failure of correcting theft of employer health insurance and fail to correct human resource department crimes.

stay away from this part of illinois. Read Less
NOT ANY MORE.... 1.5 rating By Anonymous ( Aug 07, 2019) Peoria used to be a vibrant city with friendly people and safe neighborhoods. Sadly, very sadly, not any more. Peoria feels "stuck" and doesn't seem to know how to get out of a bad situation. The crime is off the charts now; the shopping fair, but all feels kinda dead; the foo ...Read More d is pretty much basic and average; and the vibe of the city is just off. This happened over a period of years and I don't see it getting any better any time soon mainly because the leaders don't have a plan. Wish it was different, but this is no longer a place I enjoy....not any more. Read Less
Love living here 5 rating By Rebecca D ( Jun 16, 2016) I have lived here for 1 year now away from the east bluff in which I lived there x 17 years. This neighborhood is extremely quite compared to where I lived before. The landlords are great, nice people that fix any problem right away. I absolutely LOVE my apartment. ...Read More Read Less
If You Are White, Then Do NOT Come To Peoria Unarmed 0.5 rating By The__Illusive__Man ( Mar 19, 2015) Peoria has a montage of great stores, restaurants, OSF Saint Francais Hospital-probably the best Hospital in the state, but is dangerous. Even the nicest, most expensive stores are full of people just waiting to rob and kill anybody who looks at them funny. The worst place with c ...Read More rime is the Northwoods Mall-never go there without a gun! It is absolutely terrifying in there.

It is sad that Peoria has been going down hill so much. Peoria was a great town just a few years ago. With all of the jobs leaving, all of their workers leave, also, leaving houses readily open to scum! If you need something that is only available in bigger areas, then go to the Quad Cities. The Quad Cities is not much better, but their malls are not overflowing with criminals who want to rob and kill you! Read Less
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Love living here 5 rating By Rebecca D ( Jun 16, 2016) I have lived here for 1 year now away from the east bluff in which I lived there x 17 years. This neighborhood is extremely quite compared to where I lived before. The landlords are great, nice people that fix any problem right away. I absolutely LOVE my apartment. ...Read More Read Less
If You Are White, Then Do NOT Come To Peoria Unarmed 0.5 rating By The__Illusive__Man ( Mar 19, 2015) Peoria has a montage of great stores, restaurants, OSF Saint Francais Hospital-probably the best Hospital in the state, but is dangerous. Even the nicest, most expensive stores are full of people just waiting to rob and kill anybody who looks at them funny. The worst place with c ...Read More rime is the Northwoods Mall-never go there without a gun! It is absolutely terrifying in there.

It is sad that Peoria has been going down hill so much. Peoria was a great town just a few years ago. With all of the jobs leaving, all of their workers leave, also, leaving houses readily open to scum! If you need something that is only available in bigger areas, then go to the Quad Cities. The Quad Cities is not much better, but their malls are not overflowing with criminals who want to rob and kill you! Read Less
Truth of Living in Peoria, Illinois 4 rating By Anonymous ( Jan 13, 2015) I moved with my family to Peoria, Illinois when I was a teenager with my family and ended up living in the city for about 10 years. Being the largest city in Illinois, there definitely is a lot to do but it can be pretty boring at times. The best food places are on the Rivermont ...Read More but they can be kind of pricey. The only other real forms of entertainment would be the museums which are good but highly unlikely you will actually visit it every time you are bored because it gets old after a while. The best part would probably be the Civic Center because a few big names do come to play at the venue every couple of months are so. The shows are great and a lot of fun. Even the night scene is only really live on the weekends. As for physical activity, Forest Park is a great place to do some nature activities such as biking, hiking, and so forth. The view is beautiful and not flat so you get a great workout while also getting a good view. It is not overly crowded either which can make your workout more fun.

Other than fun, however, the quality of living in the city is not too expensive. The taxes are moderate and price of living is relatively low. As for places to live, anything north of War Memorial Drive was considered to be nice; the community, people, crime, and so on. It is smart to invest in a car but for short-term things you can walk around pretty easily. Read Less
Worse Landlord 0.5 rating By jmd6745 ( Jul 23, 2014) I have lived in Peoria for over 11 years now in three different places. By far the Bobbitt Historical Quarter are the worse landlord I have ever dealt with. Throughout the three years I have lived here they have shut my air off three times (I pay my own cilco/air), very rude phon ...Read More e calls when I need something fixed, would come into my apartment without notice and when I decided to move out, which i gave over 30 day notice, they were so rude and disrespectful! I had actually locked myself out that same evening that I gave my notice and went to a build next to me and asked if they could call the landlord to let me in. We were on speaker phone, which landlord did not know, and she says " after the message she left that she was leaving I am not doing anything for her". I have never had a older person be so rude to someone who had done nothing but keep to themselves and pays rent on time.
Their build stands empty and I can only image why. Read Less
a ok city if you're a good old boy! 1.5 rating By fortheloveof ( May 11, 2014) if you're rich white and don't make waves this place is for you. just be careful because the constitution means jack here and will make up false accusations to get to you. recently the mayor and police have went on a spree of home invasions and accusing a man of child pornography ...Read More and heroin distribution because they didn't like him making fun of him on twitter. In my opinion this is corruption and abuse of the system at its best. I have been to peoria a few times and its a shame to know that you cant trust the police force to help you. my suggestion is to keep on driving. Read Less
Playing in Peoria, Illinois 4 rating By Anonymous ( Jun 04, 2010) I grew up just outside Peoria, Illinois. Although my hometown was actually considered East Peoria, Peoria was the place in which we traveled to shop, eat, and have fun. I think the thing that surprises people the most about the city of Peoria, Illinois is that many expect it to b ...Read More e a small city in the middle of cornfields. Although when traveling to Peoria you will pass many cornfields, Peoria is actually a nice size, booming town, right on the Illinois River. In fact, the downtown area is quite nice with many fantastic restaurants and areas on the riverfront.

Peoria also has a nice zoo, a minor league baseball team, the Peoria Chiefs, with a fantastic field, and two great malls, one being indoor and one being outdoor. There is a large Civic Center, which brings in many big named stars and concerts. Basketball is a big deal in Peoria, and March Madness is experienced at many levels, including the Illinois High School Tournament being held there. If you are a fan of Caterpillar, the world headquarters are also in Peoria, and a Caterpillar museum is in the process of being built. There is an old saying that goes "It'll play in Peoria." I've found that is still true today! Read Less

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Peoria, IL

Peoria exemplifies a classic all-American city and is the third-largest city in Illinois. Settlers began arriving here in the 17th century, but the city wasn’t incorporated until 1845. Peoria is now home to roughly 115,000 residents, and many of these residents include families, working professionals, retirees and college students.

It’s possible to find a home in Peoria that’s in excellent quality and below the U.S. average home price. The overall cost of living is also considerably less than in other parts of the country, which makes living here especially desirable for people who want to live in a great environment without having to spend a fortune.

If you like experiencing all four seasons each year, Peoria will be the perfect place to call home. Winters are usually cold and snowy with daytime high temperatures that are often still below freezing. Hot, humid and sunny conditions make up much of the summer with highs sometimes surpassing the 100-degree mark. May is typically the rainiest month.

Peoria also features transportation options that make getting around the city and the neighboring communities easy. Multiple bus routes are operated by the Greater Peoria Mass Transit District and CityLink buses. If you have your own vehicle, you can drive along Interstates 74, 474 and 155 to reach many local destinations.

Families with children can rest assured that their kids will get a quality education while living in Peoria. Wilder-Waite Elementary and Ridgeview Elementary are among the city’s top primary schools. Washington Gifted School has consistently received high ratings for its excellent intermediate school programs and can help students achieve greater success. Richwood High School has adequately prepared many students for college studies.

Peoria also features plentiful activities and attractions that add even more enjoyment to living here. Visitors and residents can take a leisurely ride aboard the Spirit of Peoria paddle wheel riverboat along the Illinois River to see much of the local area by water. You can also go for a drive along Grandview Drive to see picturesque views of the Illinois River and bordering communities. Charming and intriguing wildlife creatures are viewable at the Peoria Zoo. Wildlife Prairie Park is another great place to go see some animals that are left to roam in their natural environment. The Scottish Rite Cathedral has been standing since the 19th century and is one of the city’s iconic landmarks. Art and Science exhibits can be explored at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. If you’re an avid golfer, you can head to Kellog Golf Course to play a round on the 18-hole course and grab a snack at the snack shop. Northwoods Mall is a large indoor shopping mall that includes top retailers along with other stores that sell clothing, electronics and other practical and luxury goods.

B Amenities

Are there many local amenities in Peoria? Yes, there are some amenities close to this location.

Parks

Courthouse Square Greenspace
Unknown Name
Fulton Street Plaza greenspace
Salvation Army Child Care Outdoor Play Area
Eckwood Park
James W. Baldwin RiverFront Festival Park
Unknown Name
Liberty Park

Entertainment

Apollo Theatre
Madison Theater
The Doug Oberhelman Caterpillar Visitors Center
Lava
The Landing
Giant Screen Theater
Contemporary Art Center of Peoria
Unknown Name

Food & Drink

Subway
Cookies by Design
Kenny's Westside Pub
Jimmy John's
Club Diesel
Ulrich's Rebellion Room
Emack & Bolio's
Martinis on Water

C+ Commute

Is public transit available in Peoria? Of all people who commute, 1.9% take public transportation in Peoria.
Drive to Work
81%

5% higher than the US average

Take Public Transit
2%

3% lower than the US average

Walk to Work
3%

equal to the US average

B Health & Safety

Is Peoria a healthy and safe place to live? Yes, there are some hospitals, police and fire stations.

Hospitals

OSF Saint Francis Medical Center
UnityPoint Health - Methodist
UnityPoint Health - Proctor

Pharmacies

CVS Pharmacy
Essential Wellness Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy

Doctors

Kidney Care Center. Saadur Rahman, DO, FASN
OSF Medical Group Big Hollow

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