Fast Facts of Peoria Illinois

It is one of the largest cities on the Illinois River and has been awarded the All-America city awarded three times. It is part of metropolitan area. It is the home to Bradley University, a federal court house; the civic center and the world headquarter for Caterpillar Inc.


  • Total Population: In 2010 the total population is 115,007, estimated population for 2011 is 186,834
  • Dominant: Whites are more in Peoria
  • Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, Polish, Chinese, German etc.


  • Total area coverage: land area: 44.4 square miles
  • The flooding and storms has happened on September 13 through October 5, 2008
  • It is near to the Peoria lake


  • It has a humid continental climate, with cold, snowy winters, and hot humid summers.
  • The best time to visit the Peoria city is in-between May and October, when it is a tourist mecca of weekenders.

History & Culture

  • In 1673 Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet explored the shores of Peoria. 1680 Robert Cavalier Sieur de LaSalle and Henri de Tonti constructed Fort Crevecoeur on the east bank of the Illinois River. 1691 Old Peorias Fort and Village. It was incorporated as a town in 1835 and the construction began on courthouse and jail. In 1845 the Peoria is incorporated as city. And now it is the largest city on the Illinois River and the county seat of Peoria CountyGR6, Illinois, in the United States
  • The well-known event in Peoria is the Heart of Illinois Fair, the celebration of Independence day goes on 4th of July, the fireworks displayed on the riverfront. The October fest is held in September, it is a festival that relishes German culture and food. And the century old Santa Claus parade, which is the country’s longest running event, etc.


  • Estimated median house hold income in 2009 was: $44,893
  • Cost of living index in 2012 (March): 85.0
  • Employment rate: 92.4%
  • Most common Industries/occupation: It is well known for businesses. The most common occupations are management, professional, and related occupations. 76% workers work for companies, 9% for Govt. and 6% are self-employed.

Famous For

  • It is famous for Educational services, health care, and social assistance, etc.
  • Tourist Places: Peoria Civic Center, Giant Oak Park, Peoria zoo, Spirit of Peoria- Mississippi riverboat cruise, Wheels O’ Time Museum.

Few quick facts you need to know when you are traveling to this city:

  • Common mode of transportation: Airlines, buses, carpool, taxicab, motorcycle, public transportation, etc.
  • Nearest Airport: General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport (6miles) and Central Illinois Regional Airport (38 miles).
  • Nearest Railway station: Amtrak
  • Major cities: Pekin, West Peoria, East Peoria, Peoria Heights, Creve Coeur, etc.
  • Hotels, motels and lodging: Mark Twain Hotel, Four points by Sheraton Peoria downtown etc.
  • Visitor guidelines: It is the city that provides a full range of services for visitors. When you visit the city, the staff can help you in plan conventions and also create overnight motor-coach itineraries, which include Festival of lights, car shows, and East-side central athletic tournaments.