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A+ Peoria Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C+ Peoria Cost of Living Cost of living is 6% lower than Illinois
Peoria
937% less expensive than the US average
Illinois
991% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Peoria cost of living
F Peoria Crime Total crime is 103% higher than Illinois
Total crime
4,97380% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2180% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
11%Year over year crime is up
Peoria crime
D- Peoria Employment Household income is 21% lower than Illinois
Median household income
$46,54716% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$28,3165% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%33% higher than the US average
Peoria employment
F Peoria Housing Home value is 27% lower than Illinois
Median home value
$127,20031% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$74022% lower than the US average
Home ownership
56%12% lower than the US average
Peoria real estate or Peoria rentals
F Peoria Schools HS graduation rate is equal to Illinois
High school grad. rates
84%2% higher than the US average
School test scores
24%52% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:111% lower than the US average
Peoria K-12 schools or Peoria colleges

Living in Peoria, IL

Located in the state of Illinois, Peoria is a moderately-sized city with a population of 115,990 residents. Not a fan of sitting in traffic? One big advantage of living in Peoria is the reasonable commute times to work. With an average one way commute time of 17 minutes, getting to work is faster than the national average of 26 minutes.

If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very discouraging task. However, it could also be a fulfilling experience if you are willing to get to know the city before actually living in Peoria, Illinois. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like crime, education, employment, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Peoria and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Peoria to Illinois and the national average.

The livability score in Peoria is 57 out of 100 and the city is ranked in the 11th percentile of all cities across America. This is a poor rating when compared to the average of other places in the country. For each of the livability categories, we see that Peoria ranks very well for amenities (A+). The bad news for Peoria, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: crime (F), weather (D), education (F), employment (D-) and housing (F).

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Peoria has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Peoria Zoo, Peoria Civic Center, and O'Brien Field.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Peoria is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Peoria come in at $127,200, which is 27.2% lower than the Illinois 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 2.7, which is 10% lower than the Illinois average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Peoria area were 9.1% and 5 year appreciation rates were -1.2%.

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NOT ANY MORE....

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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 food 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.
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Love living here

Attractions9/10
Community9/10
Nightlife9/10
Dining9/10
Shopping9/10
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.
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If You Are White, Then Do NOT Come To Peoria Unarmed

Attractions10/10
Community3/10
Nightlife9/10
Dining9/10
Shopping10/10
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 crime 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!
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Truth of Living in Peoria, Illinois

Attractions4/10
Community8/10
Nightlife5/10
Dining5/10
Shopping9/10
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 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.
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Worse Landlord

Attractions7/10
Community7/10
Nightlife7/10
Dining7/10
Shopping7/10
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 phone 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.
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a ok city if you're a good old boy!

Attractions6/10
Community4/10
Nightlife7/10
Dining7/10
Shopping6/10
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 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.
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Playing in Peoria, Illinois

Attractions7/10
Community8/10
Nightlife7/10
Dining7/10
Shopping7/10
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 be 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!
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Source: The Peoria, IL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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