Located midway between Chicago and St. Louis along the Illinois River, the greater Peoria metropolitan area has a population of over 375,000 and nearly 1 million people living within a 60-mile radius.
Named an All-American City in 2013, Peoria is home to the Fortune 50 company, Caterpillar, Inc. The Greater Peoria area ranked 11th among medium-sized cities for “Best Cities for Job Growth” in 2012 and Forbes Magazine ranked Peoria No. 67 among the top 200 cities nationwide in job growth and 71st among “best places for business and careers.” Central Illinois also enjoys a low cost of living, more than 12 percent below the national average.
Just some of what Peoria has to offer …
Peoria has its own civic ballet, two symphony orchestras, an NCAA Division I basketball team, minor league baseball and hockey teams, a world-class zoo, a vibrant arts community, and the Peoria Civic Center routinely hosts touring live Broadway shows and concerts. Peoria has one of the largest park districts in Illinois with numerous public golf courses, an indoor skating rink and access to dozens of miles of walking/biking paths.