This small village is home to 3,744 people. The family-oriented community is located near larger cities, but far enough away that residents can enjoy a little less traffic, and quieter neighborhoods. The community offers a mix of rural and suburban. Located just 20 minutes from Peoria, Metamora is an easy commute for residents traveling to work or out for a night on the town.
Metamora is a younger community. A quarter of the population (25.1 percent) is aged between 5 and 17. Ages 45 to 64 make up 21 percent of the people and ages 30 to 44 make up almost 20 percent. Caucasians account for 95.1 percent of the population. The median household income in Metamora is $65,290, which is higher than the national median income of $55,322. The education level of Metamora is in line with the national average. Almost 32 percent of residents in Metamora have a college degree.
The median home price in Metamora is $172,582. Nearly half of the homes (48.9 percent) value between $99,937 and $199,718. An additional 26.4 percent value between $199,719 and $299,654. Homes are slightly older as most of the homes (40 percent) were built between 1970 and 1999. However, there has been an increase in new construction in the community, and an estimated 32 percent of the homes were built after 2000. Most residents (74.3 percent) own their home, and 73 percent of all homes in the community are single-family homes.
Current Real Estate Market for homes in Metamora High School District
The Metamora real estate market is typically one of the best-selling real estate markets in the Tri-County area. As of 11/11/2018, there are currently 101 homes on the market. The average asking price is $222,113 and the median asking price is $189,900. The average days on the market for active listings is 98 days and the median is 94 days. Over the past six months, 140 homes have sold with the average sold price of $190,146 and a median sale price of $180,000. The average days on the market for these sold homes was 70 days and the median days on the market was 44 days.
Average Asking Price$222,113
Median Asking Price$189,900
Average Sold Price$190,146
Median Sold Price$180,000
History of town
Founded as Hanover in 1836, the town changed their name in 1845 to meet postal guidelines which required towns to have unique names. The comes from a character in the play Metamora (The Last of the Wampanoags). Early settlers from New England moved to the region and chose the area for its farming potential. The village acted as a county seat between 1843 and 1896. President Abraham Lincoln and Adlai E. Stevenson (who served as vice president to Grover Cleveland both practiced law in Metamora.
Attractions and Traditions
The village may be small, but there is still plenty to do. A favorite summer event is Old Settler’s Days. The festival has been a community tradition since 1901 and includes live music, carnival rides, crafts, a petting zoo, performances and a race. You can get more information on the village website.
Metamora Pool: The outdoor pool is open from June through August each summer. The pool includes a water slide and splash area for little ones. There are picnic tables, a covered picnic area, and a playground on the grounds too.
Metamora Courthouse: Built, in 1845, the Metamora Court House is one of the few surviving courthouses visited by Abraham Lincoln. Residents and visitors can enjoy the stunning architecture as well as exhibit rooms which show off local history. Visitors can also check out courtrooms decorated to look like the space may have appeared when Lincoln visited. Visitors can tour the building on their own and watch a ten-minute history video.
Old Mill Vineyard: If you enjoy a glass of wine, check out the Old Mill Vineyard. Guests can sip on a drink in the cozy tasting room while enjoying the local wildlife. The site also hosts special adult-only events throughout the year.
Metamora Fields Golf Club: Whether you’re in the mood to hit the course, or grab a delicious meal, the Golf Club is the perfect spot. You can dine in the clubhouse or outdoors on the two-level deck. The clubhouse and the course are open to the public. The 18-hole course includes options for different skill levels including handicaps and bunkers.
The Metamora Farmers Market NFP (Not for Profit) is a local market that operates for growers/producers of agricultural related products and local artisans. The market is open seasonally on Saturday mornings on the Square in Metamora, (8AM-12PM) June through September.
Stay updated with the Metamora Farmer's Market Facebook page.
Parks and Activities
Black Partridge Park: Set on 450 acres, this massive park includes an extensive hiking and bike trail system, sports fields, playgrounds, and covered pavilions. This is the largest, park in the community.
Brighton Park: Formerly part of a subdivision, the community obtained the property in 2007. You’ll find a playground, gazebo and basketball court. In 2018 ADA-compliant equipment was added to make sure all children can enjoy the park.
Lincoln Douglas Park: Located at the spot where Abraham Lincoln and Stephan Douglas offered their presidential speeches during the 1860 election, the park includes a playground, shelter, baseball field, picnic area, and ice rink. Keep your eye out for the commemorative stove that marks the location of the famous speeches.
Dining, Shopping and Entertainment
If you’re looking for a place to snag a tasty meal, or have a little fun, there’s a few options to choose from:
If you’re in the mood for a deep dish, head over to Geo’s Pizza. This pizza buffet that features pizza, pasta, calzones, and dessert. You can also order a pizza online and pick it up when you’re ready to eat.
When you want a sweet treat, there’s a local Dairy Queen to meet your needs. You can also stop by the local McDonalds for a quick bite, when you’re in a hurry. Metamora is a 20-minute drive to Peoria where residents can access even more dining, shopping and entertainment options.
Metamora has two public schools, the elementary school, which services kindergarten through eighth grade and Metamora High School.