About Greater Peoria
Learn more about the counties and communities that make up Greater Peoria by visiting these websites:
Greater Peoria's 5 Major Communities:
Just like in the old vaudevillian days, quality of life MUST BE GOOD to play in Peoria. The oldest community in Illinois with a population of approximately 113,000, Peoria is equal distance from Chicago and St. Louis. We have an enviable standard of living, exciting venues within a 15-20 minute drive from our homes, safe streets, quality and quantity shopping, our own symphony, our own ballet, Broadway Theater League, museums, art guilds, first-class medical facilities that are a regional draw, the Nation’s oldest community theater and the Nation’s oldest Santa Claus parade. Learn more about Peoria by visiting the city's website.
East Peoria: http://www.cityofeastpeoria.com
East Peoria sits just across the Illinois River from Peoria and is situated in Tazewell County. East Peoria has a population of 23,402 and an award-winning athletic complex hosting national softball tournaments, amazing Festival of Lights nighttime holiday festival, construction of an exciting new downtown, fine hotels and dining, excellent city services, healthy business climate - the City of East Peoria offers a wealth of opportunities. Learn more by visiting the city's website.
Morton is a village in Tazewell County known for its pumpkins and annual Pumpkin Festival. The population is approximately 15,000. Morton is home to a Caterpillar distribution facility, a Libby's pumpkin cannery, corporate headquarters of Morton Buildings Inc and the annual Morton Pumpkin Festival. It is claimed that 85 percent of the world's canned pumpkin is produced in Morton, earning it the designation "Pumpkin Capital of the World." Lwarn more about Morton by visiting hte city's website.
Over the past decade, Washington has been among the fastest growing communities in central Illinois: 1,500 new housing starts, new commercial construction totaling about 900,000 square feet, and a 40% growth in population. The addition of Five Points Washington is among our community’s most notable accomplishments. It features a performing arts auditorium; a public library; an aquatics center; a banquet center; and a state of the art recreation, wellness and fitness area. Learn more about Washington by visiting the city's website.
Pekin is a vibrant community of over 33,000 people and the perfect mix of business and pleasure. We’re conveniently located just 10 miles south of Peoria. As the county seat for Tazewell County, Pekin enjoys a solid economic base and is home to many professional, industrial and manufacturing jobs – including Pekin Insurance and one of the largest ethanol facilities in the nation! We also support a very successful, city-owned Business Park with a highly skilled labor force to draw on as businesses continue to move in and thrive. Learn more about Pekin by visiting the city's website.
Greater Peoria's 5 Major counties:
Peoria County has four cities (Peoria, West Peoria, Chillicothe and Elmwood), eleven villages (Bartonville, Bellevue, Brimfield, Dunlap, Glasford, Hanna City, Kingston Mines, Mapleton, Norwood, Princeville and Peoria Heights) and twenty townships (Akron, Brimfield, Chillicothe, Elmwood, Hallock, Hollis, Jubilee, Kickapoo, Limestone, Logan, Medina, Millbrook, Princeville, Radnor, Richwoods, Rosefield, Timber, Trivoli, West Peoria and Peoria).
The largest community in Tazewell County is Pekin, the County seat, with a population of more than 34,000. Tazewell County also contains 15 other incorporated communities, with populations ranging from a few hundred to more than 23,000.
Woodford County is comprised of 3 cities (Minonk, El Paso & Eureka) and 11 villages (Bayview Gardens, Metamora, Benson, Congerville, Panola, Roanoke, Secor, Germantown Hills, Spring Bay, Goodfield and Washburn).
Marshall County is comprised of 8 communities (Henry, Hopewell, Lacon, LaRose, Sparland, Toluca, Varna, Washburn and Wenona) and a dozen townships.
Stark County is comprised of four municipalities (Bradford, LaFayette, Toulon and Wyoming) and six smaller communities (West Jersey, Castleton, Elmira, Stark, Speer and Osceola).