East Peoria has a population of 22,939 people. It’s a medium-sized city, compared to the surrounding communities. The community is a diverse mix of both blue and white-collar workers and is close to most major freeways and just across the bridge from downtown Peoria.
East Peoria Demographics
The education level of East Peoria is higher than the national average with 92.3 percent of the residents having earned their high school diploma. Roughly 21.8 percent have earned a college degree and another 5 percent are still attending college. The median household income is slightly lower than the national average at $50,751. The national median income is $55,322. Roughly 8.5 percent of the population is below poverty level. The population in East Peoria is primarily white, with Caucasians making up 91.9 percent of the population. African Americans make up another 2 percent and Hispanics account for an additional 2 percent.
The population here is a bit older with 25.9 percent of residents aging at 35 to 54 and 19 percent aged at 65 or older.
The average home value in East Peoria is $116, 546. Half of the homes in East Peoria (50.2 percent) are valued between $99,001 and $197,960. More than a quarter (26.9 percent) of homes are valued at $49,481 to $99,000. Approximately 72 percent of residents own their homes and the clear majority (80.6 percent) are single family homes. The age of homes in this city is slightly older. Forty-two percent of homes were built between 1940 and 1969 and 32.5 percent of homes were built between 1970 and 1999. Only 8.3 percent of the houses were built after 2000.
Since 2000, homes have appreciated 18.71 percent, for an average of .94 percent each year.
Current Real Estate Market for homes in East Peoria High School District
As of 01/13/2019, there are currently 127 homes on the market. The average asking price is $159,588 and the median asking price is $139,900. The average days on the market for active listings is 96 days and the median is 75 days. Over the past six months, 204 homes have sold with the average sold price of $121,866 and a median sale price of $114,750. The average days on the market for these sold homes was 59 days and the median days on the market was 42 days.
Average Asking Price$159,588
Median Asking Price$139,900
Average Sold Price$121,866
Median Sold Price$114,750
East Peoria was once a swampland. The swampland-town prospered and grew into the first incorporated village (known then as Hilton). The City of East Peoria was officially formed in April of 1919. This area was a thriving coal county thanks to a rich vein located near the surface. Several coal companies even set up shop in the community. East Peoria was also a transportation hub in the early 1900s, hosting 12 different railroad connections.
The city’s early roots, shaped its current condition even further when a heavy rain season (combined with Peoria’s natural terrain) caused creeks to overflow, flooding the city in 1927. Seasonal floods were a regular occurrence until 1948 with the inception of a flood control program. The program resulted in the construction of the Fondulac and Farmdale Dams, and adjustments to the width and dept of area lakebeds.
Notable people from East Peoria include Joe Girardi (major league baseball player and manager), Gary Richrath (songwriter and guitarist with REO Speedwagon), Sam Kinison (comedian), and Roger Phegley (former NBA shooting guard).
Attractions and Traditions
Festival of Lights: If you love the holidays, you don’t want to miss the annual Festival of Lights which features a night-time parade (showcasing colorful holiday floats) and the Winter Wonderland drive-thru display. This show is celebrating 34 years of lighting up the holiday season this winter. If you enjoy fresh fruits and veggies, don’t forget to check out the seasonal Farmer’s Market held downtown. The market is open every Friday from June through September.
Parks and Activities
East Peoria has something for everyone, especially those who love to get outside and play. Boaters from across the country, can dock at the EastPort Marina. The 280-slip marina welcomes travelers from April through October. Visitors can also enjoy swimming, hot tubs, and entertainment on site.
Families of all ages will enjoy Fon du Lac Farm Park. The property includes a large red barn, three ponds, live animals, playgrounds and a silo slide. For some traditional park fun, head to Neuman Park. Located at Neumann Drive, the large outdoor area includes a sand volleyball court, playground, covered picnic area, and large open area for flying kites, kicking a ball or relaxing with a book.
Straddling East Peoria and Washington, the Quail Meadows Golf Course is a 72-par course with panoramic views of some of Illinois’s most beautiful land. This facility also includes an indoor golf center and golf simulators.
Also located at Fon Du Lac Park is access to the River Trail of Illinois. The scenic trail is open year-round and spans 9 miles along the Illinois River. The trail is open for walking, biking, skating, and cross-country skiing. It’s also wheelchair accessible.
Sports lovers will want to take in the Eastside Centre. The massive athletic facility hosts national, regional, and local tournaments in baseball, softball, track, volleyball and soccer. The facility also includes a football field and fitness center.
Dining, Shopping and Entertainment
Levee District: The Levee District is East Peoria’s newest shopping district. You’ll find major retailers like Target, Costco, Ross, and Gordmans. There are a few dining options here as well like Red Robin, Chipotle and Panda Express.
Located just a half-mile from the Levee District is Bass Pro Shops. This store is 150,000 square feet of outdoor goods. This store attracts millions of visitors every year and features an indoor aquarium with fish feedings, a waterfall, and giant animal statues. The shop also includes a restaurant (which features a massive saltwater aquarium), a bowling alley and workshops.
Looking for something fun to do? There is plenty of entertainment options in East Peoria. Check out local favorite is the Par-A-Dice Hotel and Casino. The casino is on a mega-yacht and has more than 900 slot machines and table games.
If you want to try something completely a little different, head to Roc Ice Cream Golf. The 18-hole mini golf course also features a large ice cream parlor. Another fun option is Sail Peoria which offers sailing lessons and cruises.
There is a slew of tasty options for your next meal throughout East Peoria. Here are a few:
Granite City Brewery: Well-known for their fresh-brewed beer, the establishment also serves some popular German dishes like Spätzle Mac and Cheese, a Chicken Schnitzel Sandwich and a Bavarian Reuben. They are open as a restaurant most days of the week and continue serving drinks after the restaurant closes on Friday and Saturday.
Jonah’s Seafood House and Oyster Bar: Jonah’s has served East Peoria for more than 30 years. Their menu includes various fresh fish dishes, shrimp, and steak. They also have a special menu featuring Oyster dishes like a raw oyster sampler.
Avanti’s Ristorante: This restaurant has five locations in Illinois, including one in East Peoria. You can grab an order of garlic bread or fill up on a specialty pizza or lasagna dinner. The restaurant offers catering and take-out orders.
Davis Brothers Pizza: This family-owned business has been serving East Peoria since 1948. The restaurant also sells their frozen pizza. Unique pizza offerings include TexMex and the Pickle ad Olive Pizza.
Burger Barge: Despite its name, this beach-themed restaurant serves more than just burgers. You can grab everything from shrimp skewers to chicken wings. The restaurant also has a margarita and cocktail menu.
East Port Basta Bistro and Grille: This cozy restaurant offers authentic Italian cuisine with dishes like baked mostoccoli, pasta con fungo and veal corvano. The restaurant also has a family-style service that serves a group of four to six.
Firehouse Pizza: The décor in this restaurant is as much fun as the food. Menu items include a variety of wings (including hot wings, boneless wings, and Backdraft wings), calzones, sandwiches, salad, and pizza.
Mickie’s Pizzeria: Voted one of the best places to eat on Thrillist, pizza lovers will want to make a stop here. Aside from their pizza, they also serve wings and sandwiches. They also serve “Cincinnati Chile,” a nod to the city’s famous dish.
Twistee Treat: This seasonal ice cream restaurant offers a variety of ice cream flavors as well as some lunch options (burgers, sandwiches and chicken strips). The ice cream place is open from late spring through early fall.
Popular chain restaurants in East Peoria include Logan’s Roadhouse, Texas Roadhouse and Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse.
Illinois Central College: Illinois Central College is a two-year college that offers students a chance to earn an associate of art, associates of science, associates of applied science, or an occupational certificate in various programs. There are 9,266 students enrolled on the campus. The college also has a campus in Peoria and Pekin.
East Peoria is a mix of blue and white-collar jobs. Healthcare is the most highly represented industry in the community (17.9 percent of residents are employed in healthcare), followed by manufacturing )16.4 percent), and retail (12.8 percent.) Just over 7 percent of the residents work in the education sector, which makes sense, since East Peoria is home to the main campus of Illinois Central College. Just a five-ten minute commute to Peoria, residents enjoy access to plenty of work opportunities outside the community as well.