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Peru is a township in La Salle County, in the Ottawa-Streator metro area. [NOTE: This is not the only community in Illinois named Peru. For links to other places called Peru, IL, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Peru is 41.324N. The longitude is -89.135W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 571 feet.
The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 10,272.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Peru demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the La Salle 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 61348 ZIP code.
25% of Peru residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Peru ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Peru was $20,948, compared with $21,587 nationally.
17% of Peru residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Peru, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $412. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $788.
La Salle County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Peru political report.
The average commute time for Peru workers is 18 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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