Peoria, Illinois

Peoria Business Signs

Peoria is a city located in the central region of the present-day U.S. state of Illinois.  Prior to meddling by Europeans, this area was, predictably, inhabited by the Illinois people.  In fact, the Peoria tribe, which the city was eventually named after, was a member of the Illinois Confederation.  The name ‘Peoria’ isn’t exactly known, but experts such as Edward Callary, in his Place Names of Illinois, posit it originated from a derivation of a Proto-Algonquian word meaning ‘to dream with the help of a manitou.’  (The spiritual and fundamental life force among Algonquian groups in Native American mythology.)”

Peoria, Illinois is considered one of the oldest settlements in Illinois.  French explorers discovered the area in 1680 and settled there, but it wouldn’t be until all the way in 1835 when Peoria, Illinois would be officially incorporated into a town.  Peoria, Illinois was then subsequently incorporated into a city in 1845.

According to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Peoria, Illinois has a total population of 114,265 people.  This makes it the largest city on the Illinois River and the seventh most populous city in the state of Illinois.  According to that same 2016 estimate, the Peoria Metropolitan Statistical Area has a total population of 373,590 people.

Peoria, Illinois’s economy is known for being the current home of the global and national headquarters for Caterpillar Inc.  Caterpillar Inc. is one of the 30 companies which comprise the DOW Jones Industrial Average and is also listed on the Fortune 100.  Unfortunately, this company plans to relocate to Deerfield, Illinois soon.  For now, however, according to Peoria, Illinois’s 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, Caterpillar Inc. is responsible for more than 15,000 local jobs.  The second largest employer in the city, Advanced Technology Services, doesn’t even come close, employing merely more than 1,500 people.

Peoria, Illinois is also home to a large number of landmarks listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.  These buildings and sites include, but are certainly not limited to, the Central National Bank Building, Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall, the International Harvester Building, Judge Flanagan Residence, Madison Theatre, North Side Historic District, Peoria City Hall, Peoria Mineral Springs, Peoria Waterworks, Springdale Cemetery, and the West Bluff Historic District.

As for professional sporting franchises, Peoria, Illinois is chock full of them.  Baseball’s Midwest League’s Peoria Chiefs, who play their home games at Dozer Park, have one championship to their names.  Southern Professional Hockey League’s Peoria Rivermen play their home games in Carver Arena while Roller Derby’s WFTDA Apprentice League’s Peoria Push Roller Derby play their home games at Expo Gardens.  Rugby D4 Midwest League’s Peoria Rugby Football Club play their home matches at Catholic Charities.

Do you, by any chance, own a small business in and/or around the Peoria, Illinois area?  Have you ever considered the possibility of becoming one?  Should you choose to embark upon such an exhilarating quest, the resources listed below may help guide you:

Apply for a Business License in Peoria, Illinois:

Peoria Business Development Agency:

Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce:

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