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Peoria, IL

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First settled by the French explorer Henri de Tonti in 1691, Peoria is the oldest European settlement in Illinois and is the largest city on the Illinois River. With a population of more than 300,000 people, it is the state’s seventh most populated metropolitan area. Peoria is the home of Caterpillar Inc. and has a long history as a dominant manufacturing hub for companies such as Keystone Steel and Wire and Acme Harvester Co. In 1893, the first commercially available gasoline powered automobile was developed there.

Apartments in Peoria IL


Leman Property Management
Beds: 1-4
Baths: 1-1.5


Civic Center Plaza
Beds: Studio-2
Baths: 1-2


Hollow Creek
Beds: Studio-3
Baths: 1-2


Glen Willows
Beds: 2
Baths: 1-1.5


Versailles Hamlet
Beds: Studio-2
Baths: 1-2


The Grove
Beds: 1-3
Baths: 1-2

Key City Stats

The average age of Peoria, IL is
25 to 29
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  • Age Demographic of Renters
  • 25 to 29 years
  • 30 to 34 years
  • 35 to 39 years
  • Male
  • 7.77%
  • 7.04%
  • 6.52%
  • Female
  • 7.92%
  • 6.4%
  • 6.07%
is average rent in Peoria, IL
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  • Rent Range
  • $650 to $699
  • $700 to $749
  • $750 to $799
  • Percentage of household units
  • 8.95%
  • 9.0%
  • 7.12%
of units are available for rent in Peoria
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  • Vacancy Status
  • For Rent
  • Rented, not occupied
  • Other vacant
  • Housing Units
  • 2075
  • 121
  • 2306
Getting Around in Peoria, IL

Peoria is served by three interstate highways; I-74 which runs through the downtown area, I-474 which runs through some local suburbs and I-55 which connects to Springfield and St. Louis. The Greater Peoria Mass Transit District operates 21 busses under the name CityLink that serve the city as well as East Peoria and points in between Peoria and Pekin. For passenger flights, General Wayne Downing Peoria International Airport is served by United, American, Delta and Allegiant Airlines.

Walk Score®
"Somewhat Walkable"
Transit Score®
The average commuter time in Peoria is:
15 to 19 minutes
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  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 4.8%
  • 5.3%
  • 0.3%

Caterpillar Visitors Center

<p>Caterpillar is easily the top employer in the Peoria area and is a part of the city's culture. The company is now a big part of the Downtown Peoria renaissance. Near the Peoria Riverfront, the Caterpillar Visitors Center is a 37 million dollar facility featuring exhibits such as equipment visitors can climb on, to the Caterpillar NASCAR exhibit that brings a new Stock Car to the center at the end of each season. For those looking for a more immersive experience, the visitor can take a seat in meant to look like the bed of a Cat 797 truck and take a virtual ride into a mine site.</p>

Spirit of Peoria Riverboat

<p>The Spirit of Peoria one of the few paddleboats in existence today that actually uses its paddle for propulsion, most modern paddle wheels are merely decorative. She was the first paddleboat built in the Walker Boat Yard in Paducah, Kentucky. The boat is 160 feet long, has an average speed of 7-10 miles per hour. Owner and Captain Alex Greaves invites those interested on board for anything from a dinner and mystery performance to 1 to 5 day sightseeing cruises from Peoria and the Illinois River to St. Louis and the Mississippi.</p>