Discover the Greater Peoria Area

True Urban • Boundless Country

In the Greater Peoria Area, building the life you want to live is always within reach. From true urban environs to small-town charm to rural solitude, you’ll find that transitioning from one speed to the next comes as easily as driving over the Murray Baker Bridge. Learn more about what this diverse set of communities can offer you and start building the life you want in the Greater Peoria Area.

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Alexander Martin / Artemisia Van Ho

As an artist and performer, Alexander Martin longed for a place where they could spread out and have space to perfect and grow their craft, as well as a community that was open, inviting, and supportive. Alexander found it in the Greater Peoria Area.

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Outreach Coordinator at Central Illinois Friends/Drag Queen/Performer
 
 

 

Kayla Phillips

Kayla Phillips has always believed a solid sense of community to be the foundation of a good living experience — and that’s exactly what she found in the welcoming, tight-knit community of the Greater Peoria area.

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High Quality Living For Less

When you make your home in the Greater Peoria Area, you’ll find a high quality lifestyle doesn’t come at a premium. Don’t believe us? Check out the cost of living in Peoria and surrounding communities compared with the cost of living in Chicagoland.

Median Square Footage - Peoria > Chicago Median Listing Price - Peoria < Chicago Price Per Square Foot - Peoria < Chicago

Comparative Data Source: Homes.com

But the quality of life you build here goes far beyond dollars and cents. Pick the lifestyle that moves at your speed, from decades-old farmhouses in wide-open spaces to brand-new studio apartments in the heart of the city. And if you’re looking for things to do, the Greater Peoria Area is never at a shortage, from our breathtaking natural landscapes to our independently owned restaurants and boutiques.

More importantly, you’ll find a welcoming, affirming community with exceptional healthcare and ready accessibility to major markets. Best of all, you’ll spend way less time in your car inching through congested, concrete jungles, meaning more time to enjoy the things you love most.

 

 

Education & Training

Ready to start a new career here? The Greater Peoria Area is home to many institutions equipped to prepare you for whichever path you choose.

Bradley University

Bradley University, a top-ranked, private university with more than 185 undergraduate and graduate programs, is located just blocks away from downtown Peoria. With nearly 6,000 students and a celebrated NCAA basketball program, Bradley offers the major university experience in a close-knit setting.

Eureka College

Located about 18 miles east of Peoria, Eureka is home to Eureka College, a private liberal arts college with more than 30 majors and ranked one of the best colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report. Eureka College alum have been known to go on to incredible things — such as one Ronald Wilson Reagan.

Illinois Central College

Additionally, Illinois Central College is a public community college with campuses in both Peoria and East Peoria. With more than 170 programs in fields such as nursing, education, engineering, and more, ICC is an ideal choice for attaining your associate degree or setting you up with the knowledge needed for a brand-new career.

Spoon River College

Canton, located about 30 miles southwest of Peoria, is home to Spoon River College, a two-year, public community college serving 4,000 credit students per year and offering associate degree classes, career and technical courses, and business and industry training.

The University of Illinois - College of Medicine

The Greater Peoria Area is also a hub for medical education. Aspiring doctors will find a home at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria Campus, a four-year MD program offering clinical experience at nearby UnityPoint Methodist Hospital, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Illinois, Proctor Hospital, and UnityPoint Pekin Hospital.

Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing

In addition, the Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing offers both traditional and online BSN, MSN, and DNP programs with state-of-the-art simulation and skills laboratories located at the adjacent OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

Methodist College

Finally, Methodist College offers baccalaureate and master's programs for nursing students, as well as health science and social work bachelor’s programs and continued education opportunities for nurses and doctors.

Midwest Technical Institute

East Peoria is also home to Midwest Technical Institute, a vocational and technical school preparing students for careers in a wide range of fields including mechanical trades, cosmetology, medical and dental assisting, and more.

Of course, the local public and private K-12 schools you’ll find in the Greater Peoria Area will provide your children with the skills they need to succeed in life, no matter which path they choose.

 

Looking for a place to make a big difference? In Greater Peoria, your actions speak louder in a less crowded environment.

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Ready to put down roots in Greater Peoria? Check out these services for information on relocating to Central Illinois.

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New businesses in the Greater Peoria Area never have to go it alone. Connect with our area economic development council.

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Learn more about the Greater Peoria 2030 campaign.

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