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A+ Peru Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B- Peru Cost of Living Cost of living is 8% lower than Illinois
919% less expensive than the US average
991% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Peru cost of living
A- Peru Crime Total crime is 27% lower than Illinois
Total crime
1,78035% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5735% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-17%Year over year crime is down
Peru crime
D+ Peru Employment Household income is 22% lower than Illinois
Median household income
$46,29516% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$27,0329% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%16% lower than the US average
Peru employment
F Peru Housing Home value is 33% lower than Illinois
Median home value
$116,50037% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$67829% lower than the US average
Home ownership
73%15% higher than the US average
Peru real estate or Peru rentals
F Peru Schools HS graduation rate is 3% higher than Illinois
High school grad. rates
87%5% higher than the US average
School test scores
30%39% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:113% lower than the US average
Peru K-12 schools

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The immediate area of Peru has 28,000 people. Peru has the stores and restaurants/fast food places of an area of 40,000 people, plus is very near-to Starved Rock state park, Illinois Valley Community College, and of course-the Illinois River. He has never been to far into the residential area, and it all looked so-so. That was along the main roads, so do not take his word on it. Then again, there is a Liberty Village retirement home right along IL-251, which had well-taken care of homes and apartments for retired people.

Just a side note to two fast food restaurants: The Wendy's (right across the street from the mall) is very high-quality and has good service, and has the ultimate soda machine (the one with hundreds of soda options). The Culver's, which is very near-to the Liberty Village retirement area, is the most beautiful Culver's that he has ever seen. That was said because of the great layout of window's, the stone entrance wall, and the very clean tables-which is hard to come by these days.

All in all, Peru is a great place to visit, and is a great place to retire. The non-retirement home living in Peru is probably pretty good, but he had not been far enough into Peru to give an honest evaluation on the housing. Thank you for reading his whole review-he probably went on for too long.
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Source: The Peru, IL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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