Peoria Business Signs
The city of Peoria is located in the southern portion of the U.S. state of Arizona. Peoria, Arizona is considered a major suburb of Phoenix, the capital of Arizona and the most populous city in the state. Prior to United States intervention, this area was inhabited by the Hohokam peoples. The Hohokam lived here for roughly 2,000 years before mostly abandoning it around 1450. It wouldn’t be until the late 1880s, though, that United States settlers would arrive in what would become the Peoria, Arizona area. These settlers were led by William John Murphy, who previously had had a hand in the building of the Arizona Canal. The settlers originated from Peoria, Illinois, hence the name. (According to the Peoria Historical Society, ‘Peoria’ is a corruption of the Illini word for ‘prairie fire.’) By 1888, the Territory of Peoria, Arizona had a population of 27 citizens. In August of that year, the territory was granted its first post office. On May 24th, 1897, the settlers filed the city’s plot map with the Maricopa County recorder.
As estimated by a 2015 report by the U.S. Census Bureau, Peoria, Arizona has a total population of 171,237 people. This makes it the ninth most populous city in the state (by land area it is the sixth largest) and the 146th most populous city in the country. Peoria, Arizona, as stated above, is considered part of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. The Phoenix Metropolitan Area, according to that same 2015 estimate, has a total population of 4,574,531 people. This makes it the 12th most populous metropolitan area in the United States.
Peoria, Arizona holds the august distinction of being listed as one of the Top 100 Places to Live in 2008 by Money Magazine. This may, in fact, be in part due to the many buildings in the city listed on the National Register of Historic Places. These buildings include the Peoria Central School, which was a two-room school built in 1906. Today, the Peoria Central School serves as the site of the Peoria, Arizona Historical Society Museum. Peoria Presbyterian Church is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Peoria Presbyterian Church, which was built in 1899, also has the distinction of being the oldest building in the original Peoria Townsite.
Peoria, Arizona is also the home of the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts. The Peoria Center for the Performing Arts seats 250 people and was designed by Westlake Reed Leskosky. This performing arts center opened in late 2006. It is operated by the acting company “Theater Works.”
As for sports, Peoria, Arizona is home to no professional franchises of note. The city does, however, boast the Peoria Sports Complex. The Peoria Sports Complex, which opened in 1994, cost $7.7 million and was designed by Populous, a global architectural firm. The Peoria Sports Complex consists of a main baseball stadium (Peoria Stadium) and 12 practice fields. It is one of six facilities to host Arizona Fall League games. Peoria Stadium has a capacity for 12,000 spectators. During spring training, the Peoria Sports Complex has the honor of hosting MLB’s San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners. In fact, both these teams play in the spring training Cactus League and are leased to hold spring training in the city of Peoria, Arizona through 2034.
Do you, by any chance, own a small business in the Peoria, Arizona area? Are you thinking about embarking upon such an adventure? These resources could prove beneficial – should you choose to accept such a quest:
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