Live Greater

Centrally located in the heart of the Midwest, Greater Peoria offers an abundance of opportunities to live life the way you want. Why choose to put down roots here? Low cost of living. Neighborhoods to suit every lifestyle. World-class healthcare and education close at hand. And easy access to travel across the country and around the world.

A Greater Career is Waiting

Anchoring the Region

Greater Peoria is the hub of a 30-county region that’s home to more than 1.7 million people, hundreds of major employers and a globally connected workforce. We boast the best of both worlds: a big-city lifestyle with a small-town feel, the perfect mix of rural and urban. We’re family-friendly, inclusive and welcoming to all, with opportunities for everyone to get involved, find their place and make a difference.
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Work Greater

Greater Peoria offers a diverse network of world-class employers across industries, from insurance to healthcare to manufacturing and beyond. Are you ready to take the next great step in your career?

Your Dollar Goes Further

From housing and child care to groceries and utilities, the cost of living is increasing everywhere. But in Greater Peoria, your dollar goes further! An annual salary of $100,000 here has the same purchasing power as the following salaries in these cities:

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Places To Call Home​

Where do you feel most at home? In the heart of the city, out in the country or somewhere in between? Whether you choose a downtown loft, a stately mansion, a renovated farmhouse or a suburban home, you’ll always be close to our region’s many amenities.
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Luxury Homes

Gourmet kitchens. Master suites. Home theaters. In-ground pools. Whatever you desire in a high-end home, you can find it — or build it — in Greater Peoria.

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Historic Homes

Peoria boasts many beautiful homes dating back to the 1800s. Explore the heart of the city, particularly Moss Avenue and High Street, for these architectural gems.
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Golf Communities

Go from laptop to teebox with ease in one of Greater Peoria’s many golf communities. Options range from private clubs to public championship courses.
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Suburban Homes

Looking for a great place to raise a family away from the hustle and bustle of the city? You can’t go wrong in Chillicothe, Dunlap, Germantown Hills, Morton, Washington and other suburban outposts.
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Downtown Lofts

Downtown living options include historic buildings with river views and high-rise apartments — all walkable to work, restaurants, shops and nightlife.
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Rural Living

Escape to the countryside, knowing you’re just a short drive away from city amenities. Choose from charming farmhouses to new developments tucked away in the woods.

Getting Around

Short commutes and public transportation make getting around Greater Peoria a breeze. It’s an easy drive to cities like Chicago, Indianapolis and St. Louis. And with 13 nonstop destinations connecting you to the world, our international airport can take you virtually anywhere.
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Ready for a road trip? Six highways link Greater Peoria to the rest of the nation. Get to Chicago, Indianapolis or St. Louis in less than three hours.

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Sit back and enjoy the journey — it’s a short drive to connect via Amtrak to destinations around the country.
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No car? No problem. CityLink bus routes take you to work, school and other destinations across eight communities.

Health & Wellness

Nothing is more important to quality of life than maintaining your health and wellness. From farm-fresh foods to indoor and outdoor activities, there is no shortage of ways to live healthy — while our medical community offers top-notch patient care close to home.
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Not only is our region home to two world-class healthcare systems, you’ll discover ample opportunities to stay active and eat healthy here.

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World-Class Care

As downstate Illinois’ healthcare hub, Greater Peoria boasts everything from a state-of-the-art cancer center to robust mental health services. Find cutting-edge technology and specialty care close to home.
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Fitness Your Way

Are you a runner, swimmer, cyclist or weight lifter? We have options for every style — from full-service rec centers to yoga studios to CrossFit gyms.

Opportunities in Education

Greater Peoria is an ideal place to continue your education, and finding the right fit for your child is just a matter of exploring your options. From preschool to PhD, we’re home to highly respected schools, colleges and universities, rich with opportunities for learning and growth.
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Public Schools​

Our public school systems include National Blue Ribbon honoree grade schools, a gifted academy for middle schoolers, an award-winning high school International Baccalaureate program and much more.
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Private Schools​

Greater Peoria is home to a diverse range of private education options, from faith-based schools like Peoria Notre Dame to independent institutions like Peoria Academy and the Montessori School of Peoria.
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Higher Education​

From distinguished colleges and universities — including Bradley University, Eureka College and Illinois Central College — to outstanding nursing and medical schools, Greater Peoria offers a multitude of options.

Make a Difference

The people of Greater Peoria are known for being generous and working collaboratively for the greater good. If you’re in search of a community that prioritizes philanthropy, you’re in the right place. Here are just a few ways you can make a difference here.
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Get to know our United Way, one of the highest performing in the country based on per capita giving.
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Giving back is a way of life in Greater Peoria. Connect to area nonprofits and their volunteer needs.
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Here in the City of Gratitude, we believe our success is connected to our thankfulness for others.

Get Connected in Greater Peoria

In our mid-sized metro, you’ll find a diverse and welcoming community that provides resources to help you connect and find your place.