Peoria, Illinois

county seat of Peoria County, Illinois, United States

Peoria is a city on the Illinois River in the U.S. state of Illinois. In the 2020 census, Peoria had more than 110,000 people living in it. It is the home of the Peoria Rivermen ice hockey team. One of Peoria's largest businesses is Caterpillar, a company that makes bulldozers, mining trucks, and other kinds of machinery.

Peoria, Illinois
Peoria City Hall
Peoria City Hall
Flag of Peoria, Illinois
Location of Peoria in Peoria County, Illinois.
Location of Peoria in Peoria County, Illinois.
Peoria is located in Illinois
Peoria is located in the United States
Coordinates: 40°41′37″N 89°35′20″W / 40.69365°N 89.58899°W / 40.69365; -89.58899
Country United States
State Illinois
Incorporated Town1835
Incorporated City1845
Named forPeoria people
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • City50.55 sq mi (130.93 km2)
 • Land47.97 sq mi (124.24 km2)
 • Water2.58 sq mi (6.69 km2)
502 ft (153 m)
 • City113,150
 • Density2,358.72/sq mi (910.71/km2)
 • Urban
259,781 (US: 156th)[2]
 • Urban density1,781.9/sq mi (688.0/km2)
 • Metro
402,391 (US: 138th)
Time zoneUTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP Codes
29 total ZIP Codes:
  • 61601-61607, 61612-61615, 61625, 61629, 61630, 61633, 61634, 61636-61639, 61641, 61643, 61650-61656[3]
Area code309
FIPS code17-59000

Roads change

Many people drive in and out of Peoria on Interstate 74. People also drive around Peoria on Interstate 474. Peoria is 157 miles (257 kilometers) southwest of Chicago, Illinois.

Culture change

Peoria has become famous as a representation of the average American city because of its demographics and its perceived mainstream Midwestern culture. On the Vaudeville circuit, it was said that if an act would succeed in Peoria, it would work anywhere. The question "Will it play in Peoria?" has now become a metaphor for whether something appeals to the American mainstream public.

References change

  1. "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  2. "List of 2020 Census Urban Areas". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 7, 2023.
  3. "29 ZIP Code Results for listing Peoria, IL a "Primary city"". Archived from the original on June 7, 2015. Retrieved June 29, 2015.