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Greater Peoria Region

Why Peoria?

As an anchor to the 30-county region with 1.7 million people, the Peoria area boasts a big city lifestyle with a small town feel, having world class healthcare and educational opportunities with numerous leading hospitals and universities.

1.7 Million
Total Area Population
$78 Thousand
Average Household Income
61 Percent
College Educated
$125 Million
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Demographics

With a dynamic market that continues to defy the economic trends that persist in so many other areas, demographics show that population for the area is trending as stable and household incomes are rising.

Primary Area
Total Area
Population
737,730
1,760,779
Total Households
308,282
744,896
Average Household Income
$82,843
$78,978
Daytime Population
630,386
1,560,702
College Educated
61.6%
61.1%
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Employers

Unemployment rates are continuing to trend in a positive direction and the community is one of the top two in the state for adding payroll jobs. Peoria alone, led the state in job creation—behind only the Chicago area—with 4,000 jobs added over the past twelve months (June 2018 – 2019). The regional unemployment rate now sits at 4.2% as of June 2019, dropping from 5.3% in January 2018.

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Draw

Key factors that help set the Peoria area apart from other cities within a 100-mile-radius include the Peoria Civic Center, the Peoria medical community and General Wayne A. Downing International Airport, the largest airport between Chicago and St. Louis.

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Annual Visitors

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Living

Factors like affordability, world class healthcare, rising employment rates and a wealth of college and universities in the area make Peoria the ideal place to live with the perfect balance of big city amenities and a small-town feel.

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Transportation

The Peoria Region is a hub for transportation to the nation’s population and is accessible to the world via road, rover, rail and air. The region is ranked among the top 20% of the logistics metros by Expansion Management.

Globally Connected

The Peoria region is globally connected, being served by the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport, and airports in Bloomington, Springfield and Moline; and interstate highways connecting major cities within the region. Besides being a recreational resource, the Illinois River is used heavily by barges to transport bulk goods.