Top 10 Best Cities in Illinois for Families

Greater Peoria’s Village of Morton and City of Washington ranked in the top 10 of 2016’s Best Cities for Illinois Families by WalletHub. The Village of Morton ranked #1 and the City of Washington ranked #3 in the state for factors like ‘Family Life & Fun,’ ‘Education, Health & Safety,’ ‘Affordability,’ and ‘Socioeconomic Environment.’


Top 25 Cities for Global Trade

Peoria was ranked as the 12th Best Exporter by Global Trade Magazine in 2013. The city’s exports reached a new record in 2012 with more than $17 billion shipped.

All American City

Peoria is a four-time All-America City winner as selected by the National Civic League.  Our most recent recognition was in 2013. To win, a community must demonstrate innovation, inclusiveness, civic engagement, and cross sector collaboration by describing successful efforts to address pressing local challenges.

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Top 10 Best Towns for Families

Greater Peoria’s Village of Morton was recognized as a Top 10 Best Town For Families by Family Circle Magazine in 2013. High ranking schools, affordability, recreation and festivals, and community good deeds were cited in the recognition.

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25 Ultimate Fall Drives

The Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway was recognized as one of the nation’s 25 Ultimate Fall Drives by Midwest Living.

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Best Art Fairs

The Peoria Art Guild’s Fine Art Fair was named #10 in the Top 10 Best Art Fairs in America for 2014 by ArtFairCalendar.com. The event is held in September on Peoria’s beautiful riverfront and features 150 global artists from 30 states and four countries.

Best Children’s Hospitals

U.S.. News & World Report has ranked our Children’s Hospital of Illinois Pediatric Urology in the new 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. Children’s Hospital Pediatric Urology, led by Dr. Churphena Reid and Dr. Benjamin Rhee, was ranked 41st nationally with highest marks coming for use of infection-preventing measures, nursing intensity, prevention of surgical complications, advanced clinical services, and patient and family services.

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Best Doctors In America

Dr. Charles Egley, a physician with Peoria-based Methodist Medical Group Perinatology, was named one of the Best Doctors in American for 2013-2014. This is the fourth time he has received this honor. Dr. Egley is Board Certified in Obstetrics-Gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He completed his education at the University of Illinois with a residency at Harvard Medical School.

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Best High Schools in Illinois

Two Greater Peoria high schools made U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of the best high schools in the state. Dunlap Community High School in Dunlap was ranked 62nd of Illinois’ 677 high schools. Richwoods High School in Peoria came in at 75th. The magazine reviewed more than 29,000 public high schools to create the rankings. Only 177 Illinois schools made the list. Nationally, Dunlap ranked 1,520 and Richwoods ranked 1,831, which puts them in the top 13 percent of the rankings.

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Best City In Illinois for Young Families

Greater Peoria’s Village of Morton ranked #8 in NerdWallet’s list of best cities in Illinois for young families in 2015. Morton had the largest median income growth, 58%, in their top 10, a GreatSchools rating of 9, and with only 20% of residents’ median monthly income going toward housing costs, it had the most affordable housing as well.

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Best Places For Food and Drink in Illinois

Greater Peoria ranked #5 in Thrillist’s best places for food and drink in Illinois in 2015. Trendy restaurants, such as Biaggi’s Ristorante, Noir Bar, Salt, and Jonah’s Seafood House were noted along with Peoria‘s Riverfront Farmer’s Market, East Peoria’s Burger Barge, and one of the state’s best bars (Richard’s on Main), best restos (One World Café), and best diners (The 50’s Diner).

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Top Performing Healthcare Systems

OSF Healthcare System ranked as one of the top performing healthcare systems in the country by Truven, an independent health care analytics research company. Ranking is based on publicly reported data. Rankings are updated yearly, with the most recent data from 2013. Hospital systems are categorized by financial size so comparison is fair. Truven reviewed 114 large systems.

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Regional Universities in the Midwest

Bradley University secured the 7th spot in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest in 2018. Over 1,600 schools were ranked based on over 500,000 data points.

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Peoria ranked #10 in Forbes Top 10 Best Cities for Starting a Business in 2015.

Factors considered included average revenue of businesses ($1,698,149), percentage of businesses with paid employees (27.2%), number of businesses per 100 people (7.1), and unemployment rate (5.3%).

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