Peoria is best place to live in Illinois, says national publication

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Published: May. 21, 2022 at 1:31 AM CDT
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PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - Peoria is the best place to live in Illinois and 50th best in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The publication said it analyzed the 150 most populated areas in the U.S., using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the FBI, the U.S. Department of Labor, and other resources.

“To make the top of the list, a place had to have good value, be a desirable place to live, have a strong job market and a high quality of life,” U.S. News said.

Huntsville, Alabama ranked tops in the U.S., achieving an overall score of 7.0 out of 10.

Peoria was ranked 50th nationwide, Illinois’ best, and was rated as the 92nd best place to retire. The River City’s overall score was 6.3 out of 10.

U.S. News said of Peoria, “This brawling, bruising, sometimes bawdy and always big-hearted river town gave the world Caterpillar equipment, the comic Richard Pryor, the feminist Betty Friedan, the first televangelist Fulton Sheen, life-saving penicillin in abundance and pizza-sized pork tenderloin sandwiches. Its economy survived Prohibition and the Rust Belt, and it now turns its attention to health care, autonomous vehicles, ag-tech and ecotourism.”

“You can buy a lot of house for relatively little money in this metro area’s gentrified urban neighborhoods, along its river-view bluff and in its family-filled suburban subdivisions. Gritty old warehouses are becoming entertainment districts where foodies congregate, live music flourishes and loft apartments multiply. Stage theater is returning to architectural-jewel venues,” the report said.

“Summer and fall bring a festival most weekends. Bradley Braves basketball is beloved. An extensive trail network, park system and other outdoor offerings beckon bikers and boaters, hikers and hunters.”

Other metro areas ranked in the survey included the Quad Cities, which came in at 53. St. Louis was ranked 72nd, while Chicago was at 79. Rockford was ranked 127th on the list.

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