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Life in Peoria, Illinois
Peoria loves to surprise people. It’s a community that features big-city advantages with a small-town vibe (goodbye, traffic!). Peoria has rich cultural amenities, low cost of living, family-friendly activities, multiple colleges and a variety of job opportunities. A best-kept secret along the Illinois River, discover what Peoria has to offer.
Nationally Ranked for Quality of Life
Peoria, a four-time recipient of the All-American City Award by the National Civic League, and its surrounding communities have earned national attention for affordability, health and safety, education, family recreation and more. Two great resources to help uncover the many eclectic reasons that make Peoria worthy of this honor can be found at the Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and Peoria Life.
The Peoria area offers career opportunities, not only in medicine, but in technology, education and industry as well. Companies, both established and new, provide our area with a diverse, thriving economy.
A Hub for Healthcare
Peoria has job opportunities for residents after program completion. The Greater Peoria area has 708 health care establishments that employ 29,731 people, 25% above the national average. In addition to UnityPoint, OSF HealthCare is based here, including the world-class medical innovation space at Jump and the award-winning OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois.
The Middle of Everywhere
Peoria isn’t just the heart of Illinois. It’s the heart of the country. We’re roughly three hours to Chicago, three hours to Indianapolis and three hours to St. Louis. Our international airport (with free parking!) makes it easy to get where you need to go.
Peoria blends time-honored traditions with fresh, new fun. Our annual Santa Claus parade, first held in 1888, is the longest-running parade in the country. We’re reviving our whiskey city roots with a revitalized and updated warehouse district. We’ve even broken ground on a beautiful new park spanning our waterfront. With a strong foundation and bold exciting plans, we here in Peoria look to a bright future, which we invite you to be a part of.