Ten fun facts about Peoria
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It is largest city on the Illinois River.
Established in 1691 by the French explorer Henri de Tonti, Peoria is the oldest European settlement in Illinois, and is named after the Peoria tribe.
Peoria is the headquarters for Caterpillar Inc., one of the 30 companies composing the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
Peoria has been awarded the All-America City Award four times (1953, 1966, 1989 and 2013).Fact 5
In 2007, Forbes ranked Peoria #47 out of the largest 150 metropolitan areas in its annual “Best Places for Business and Careers.”Fact 6
In 2005, Bert Sperling and Peter Sanders' "Best Places to Live Rankings" among 331 metropolitan areas placed Peoria #51.Fact 7
Peoria consistently ranks in the Top 10 Best Mannered Cities in America as compiled by etiquette expert Marjabelle Young Stewart.Fact 8
Peoria was ranked as one of the "50 Next Great Adventure Towns" in the US in the September 2008 issue of National Geographic Adventure magazine.Fact 9
In 2009, Peoria was ranked #5 best mid-sized city to launch a small business by CNN Money and Fortune Small Business.Fact 10
Milken Institute released its Best Performing Metropolitan Areas listing for 2008 and the Peoria Area ranked #33 among the top 200 largest metropolitan areas in the country. It was the highest ranking area in Illinois with Chicago coming in next at #148. Click here for more u.s. city facts ❯
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