About the County
Peoria County Government
Peoria County Government has 1,000 employees serving under 9 Elected Officials and 10 senior managers, the latter reporting directly to the County Administrator. 18 County Board Members set policy for the organization and determine the County's annual work plan through an effective strategic planning process that reaffirms the County's vision and mission.
Known as the Heart of Illinois, Peoria County is at the center of a multiple county region along the Illinois River midway between Chicago and St. Louis. Peoria County, Illinois (population 182,495) combines big city assets with a small town lifestyle and is an attractive location for new businesses. The region's central location and moderate population encourage local economic growth and support a variety of recreational and cultural opportunities.
Naturally, residents and visitors alike equate Peoria with Caterpillar Inc., but the region also boasts the USDA's National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research Lab, a renowned medical community with the only Level 1 trauma center in Central Illinois, and many innovative high-tech firms. The region spends more than $100 million annually on research and development, and is experiencing over $1 billion in new construction. The region's transition from a manufacturing economy to an innovation economy is rooted in the Peoria Next Innovation Center, a technology business incubator.
Peoria County offers affordable housing, quality education, and unique cultural experiences. Housing in the area includes riverfront property, comfortable homes in cozy neighborhoods, and secluded country living with the average sale price in the region a reasonable $134, 853, in 2006. The County's 18 public school districts have a current enrollment of more than 28,000 and boasts a graduation rate of 87.8%, 18% higher than the national average. A number of private schools are also located in the County. The region is home to Bradley University, Illinois Central College, Robert Morris College, Midstate College and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Cultural enthusiasts can watch quality performing arts, visit fine art galleries and experience local and regional museums.
Location & Geography
Peoria County encompasses 629 square miles running 32 miles north/south and 28 miles east/west. This expansive community offers a variety of recreational opportunities for all ages. Outdoor enthusiasts can explore the Illinois River, which carries in excess of 39 million tons of freight through the County each year and offers boating, fishing, and water sports; Wildlife Prairie State Park, a 2000 acre zoological park with wolves, bison, cougar, elk and much more; Jubilee College State Park, 3500 acres with horse, bike and walking trails, a fishing pond, camping and more; and 9000 Peoria Park District acres that include five public golf courses and Glen Oak Zoo. Peoria is also home to two professional sports teams and hosts many youth sporting events and tournaments throughout the year.
- West Peoria
- West Peoria
- Hanna City
- Peoria Heights