A national publication has ranked Peoria as the best place to live in Illinois.
Peoria, which was rated as the 50th best place to live in the U.S., beat out the Quad Cities (ranked at 53rd), Chicago (79th) and Rockford (127th).
The report by U.S. News & World Report focused on 150 cities, providing separate rankings for the best place to live, the best place to retire, and the cheapest place to live. Peoria was rated 9th for the cheapest place to live, but only 97th for the best place to retire. Warm weather apparently puts cities higher in the ranking for retirement – the report’s best-rated retirement cities were in Florida.
Rankings were determined through an analysis of public data and user opinions, and take into account the job market, the housing market, and other factors that relate to resident satisfaction like crime, the educational level of residents and air quality.
The report on Peoria, which was written by former Journal Star opinion editor Mike Bailey, gives detailed information about the community, from housing to entertainment.