Peoria and its surrounding communities may well be best known of its Midwest values and culture. The Peoria Metropolitan Statistical Area had a population of 369,161 in 2005, making it the third largest metropolitan area in the state after Chicago land and the Metro-East portion of the St. Louis metropolitan area. Flanked by the bluffs of the Illinois River and miles of rich agricultural farmland, the Peoria metro area is ideally located midway between Chicago and St. Louis.
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Distinct Midwestern seasons allow Central Illinois to host a variety of festivals, attractions and other fun in our communities. Whether you like to play sports, attend festivals or just enjoy the scenery, Peoria offers an array of activities to keep you and your family engaged.
From public to private to higher education, Peoria has something that will fit your family's needs. Central Illinois educators are continually revitalizing their curriculum to stay ahead of the curve.
Peoria has a diverse palate for any budget. Whether you are looking for All-American fare, sushi or a seafood and steak dinner, we have exactly what your tastebuds are looking for.
Peoria prides itself for having 3 major hospitals, OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Methodist Medical Center of Illinois and Proctor Hospital. All three work closely with the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria to appeal to the most dedicated physicians, researchers and educators from around the world. Peoria is also blessed to be able to offer the Children's Hospital Of Illinois and the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate and well as many others.