Peoria is among the five most affordable metro areas. “Peoria has the highest house prices. But it also has the highest median household income among the five, boosting affordability.”- U.S. Census Bureau & NerdWallet 2018
With a 140-year history, Peoria-based OSF HealthCare is the largest member of the area’s medical community and one of the largest employers in the state. OSF HealthCare recently announced it’s ministry headquarters in Peoria will house 700+ employees.- CIProud 2018
Employment increased by 3,374 workers through 2017. At the end of January 2017 Greater Peoria’s total employment was 176,493 and by the end of the year increased to 179,867.- Greater Peoria EDC & Burea of Labor Statistic Dec 2017
Healthcare is Peoria’s largest and fastest-growing employment
sector with over 700 healthcare facilities and offices that employ over 32,000 Greater Peoria residents.
More than 46,000 students are within driving distance of the center including: Bradley University, Illinois Central College, Illinois State University, Heartland Community College, Illinois Wesleyan University- Colleges/Universities website 2018
#13 Best place for STEM Grads- NerdWallet 2016
The Peoria region spends $1B in research and development annually to continue being top in the fields of healthcare, technology, and innovation.- Greater Peoria Economic Development Council
Illinois remains amid top states for new and expanding facilities for the second year in a row.- Site Selection Magazine 2018
Consumer spending at retail outlets increased by an estimated 3.5 percent, to $1.389 billion- Bradley University 2016
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.
More than 3 million tons of cargo pass through local locks each year, providing access from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico and beyond.
40 million tons of freight pass through Peoria County each year
The Peoria Region has access to 6 interstate highways (I-74, I-474, I-55, I-39, I-155, I-80)
The Peoria Region has its own terminal and switching railroad, as well as 5 "Class 1" and 6 shortline railroads
65 interstate and local trucking and logistic companies are in the region.
General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport serves as the region's Port of Entry and offers 12 non-stop flight destinations including Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix and Charlotte. A record 672,594 passengers traveled through Peoria in 2019, up nearly 5 percent from the previous record of 641,671 set in 2015.