PEORIA (WEEK) – Peoria is the best place to live in Illinois and the 50th best in the country, according to US News & World Report.
“To make it to the top of the list, a place had to have good value for money, be a good place to live, have a strong job market and a high quality of life,” US News said.
Huntsville, Alabama ranked first in the United States, earning an overall rating of 7.0 out of 10.
Peoria was ranked 50th nationally, the best in Illinois, and was ranked the 92nd best place to retire. River City’s overall score was 6.3 out of 10.
US News said of Peoria: “This brawling, murderous, sometimes bawdy and always kind-hearted river town has given the world Caterpillar gear, comedian Richard Pryor, feminist Betty Friedan, first televangelist Fulton Sheen, life-saving penicillin galore and pizza-sized pork tenderloin sandwiches. Its economy survived Prohibition and the Rust Belt, and it’s now turning its attention to healthcare, self-driving vehicles, ag-tech and ecotourism.
“You can buy lots of homes for relatively little money in this metro area’s gentrified urban neighborhoods, along its river-view bluff and in its family-friendly suburban subdivisions. Gritty old warehouses become entertainment districts where foodies congregate, live music flourishes and lofts spring up. Stage theater is returning to venues of architectural gems,” the report states.
“Summer and fall bring a festival most weekends. Bradley Braves basketball is loved. An extensive network of trails, a network of parks and other outdoor offerings attract cyclists and boaters, hikers and hunters.
Other metropolitan areas ranked in the survey included the Quad Cities, which came in at 53rd. St. Louis was ranked 72nd, while Chicago was 79th. Rockford was ranked 127th on the list.
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