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Peoria is a city in Peoria County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named after an Indian tribe.

The latitude of Peoria is 40.693N. The longitude is -89.588W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 502 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 112,907.


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Median household income
Local
$36,397
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Peoria demographic reports
Peoria is on the Illinois River.
Abraham Lincoln delivered a speech here in 1854, believed to be the first in which he denounced slavery.

Headquarters of Caterpillar, the heavy-equipment manufacturer.

"But will it play in Peoria?" is an American idiom, meaning, "Will it be acceptable to the average Joe?"
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 7. The violent crime rate was per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Betty Friedan, feminist
· Richard Pryor, comedian, actor
· Dan Fogelberg, musician
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Gloria Jean's, Panera Bread, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Steamboat Festival - June 14-16, 2007
  • Heart of Illinois Fair - July 13-21, 2007
  • Oktoberfest - Sept. 21-23, 2007
  • Maifest - May 26, 2007
  • Fine Art Fair - Sept. 29-30, 2007
  • River City Soul Fest - Aug. 10-12, 2007
Dates often change. Check Peoria web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Peoria Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation: Wildlife Prairie Park, Forest Park Nature Preserve
Sports teams: Chiefs (minor league baseball), Rivermen (AHL)
Historic sites and museums: African American Museum Hall of Fame, American Historical Water Museum, Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences, Wheels O' Time Museum
Colleges and universities: Bradley University, Midstate College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 74

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Peoria demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Peoria County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Peoria-Pekin area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 61606 ZIP code.

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21% of Peoria residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Peoria ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Peoria was $20,512, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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28% of Peoria residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Peoria, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $406.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $870.


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Libraries in Peoria include Lakeview Library, Lincoln Library, McClure Library, Peoria Public Library, South Side Library, Taft Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Peoria include Peoria Journal Star

TV stations in Peoria include WAOE, WEEK, WHOI, WMBD, WTVP.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WCBU.

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Peoria County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Peoria political report.

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The average commute time for Peoria workers is 17 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 15 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Peoria between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.3 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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