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Pekin is a township in Tazewell County, in the Peoria metro area. [NOTE: This is not the only community in Illinois named Pekin. For links to other places called Pekin, IL, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Pekin is 40.590N. The longitude is -89.63W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 492 feet.
The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 30,600.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Pekin demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Tazewell County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 61610 ZIP code.
30% of Pekin residents report German ancestry, and 13% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Pekin ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Pekin was $18,718, compared with $21,587 nationally.
12% of Pekin residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Pekin, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $338. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $735.
Tazewell County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Pekin political report.
The average commute time for Pekin workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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