Snapshot - Peoria County
Peoria County offers big city assets without the attendant congestion and hectic pace. Home to the region’s metropolitan center, Peoria, the county is the largest in the region with 186,494 in population. Naturally, residents and visitors alike equate Peoria with Caterpillar Inc., but the region also boasts the USDA’s National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research Lab, a renowned medical community with the only Level 1 trauma center in Central Illinois, and many innovative high-tech firms. The Peoria Next Innovation Center, a technology business incubator, is leading the region’s growth in its manufacturing economy through innovation and improving the manufacturing process. The county is home to Bradley University, Illinois Central College’s Downtown and North campuses, Robert Morris College, Midstate College, and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Peoria County offers a variety of recreational opportunities for all ages.
Snapshot - Tazewell County
Tazewell County, located on the Illinois River across from Peoria County, has a population of 135,394 and is the largest county by area in the region. Agriculture is an important component of Tazewell County’s history and economy and it is ingrained with the County’s identity and way of life. Seventy-eight percent of the County’s land area consists of farmland, and agriculture is poised to remain one of the County’s defining industries. The flat fertile fields, wooded slopes, ravines and forested riparian areas contribute to a diverse landscape that provides many benefits to residents of the county. The county is home to Illinois Central College’s main campus in East Peoria, as well as their south campus in Pekin. Larger communities in Tazewell County include East Peoria, Pekin, Morton, and Washington. East Peoria has become a regional retail hub, offering a wide selection of nationally recognized retailers and restaurants. Pekin, Morton, and Washington are communities of choice for family living.
Snapshot - Woodford County
Woodford County borders the Illinois River and the City of Peoria to the west and the cities of Bloomington/Normal to the southeast. This convenient location allows its nearly 39,000 residents to enjoy the quiet, rural setting of the county while taking advantage of quick commutes to either Peoria or Bloomington. The county offers a wide range of recreational activities and amenities, which include the Woodford County Conservation Area, the Metamora Fields Golf Course, and Eureka Lake, with its 240 acre park. The area is home to Eureka College, the college home of President Ronald Reagan, and the historic Metamora Courthouse.
Snapshot - Mason County
Bordered by the Sangamon and Illinois Rivers, Mason County is well situated for industrial and agricultural growth. With its fertile soil, the county has been recognized as one of the leading agricultural areas in Illinois. Since the advent of irrigation, farmers have diversified into many specialty crops such as popcorn, melons, green beans, peas, and pumpkins–earning the county title: “The Imperial Valley of the Midwest.” Mason County is home to the Jake Wolf Memorial Fish hatchery, the Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge, the Sand Ridge State Forest, the Mason State Tree nursery, and the Sanganois Conservation Area. Mason County, home to 14,327 people and the smallest county in the region, has a rich historical heritage which is to a large degree still preserved in the architecture, the landscape, and even the lifestyle and the memories of its citizens.
Snapshot - Logan County
Located to south of Tazewell and Mason County, Logan County’s 30,013 residents occupy about 620 square miles of prime farmland. Accordingly, Logan County boasts a robust agricultural economy. Interstate and rail transportation infrastructure provide connections between Chicago and St. Louis. Lincoln, the county seat, is home to Lincoln College and Lincoln Christian College and Seminary. Current wind resource and electrical transmission capacity provides a foundation for new green energy technology business development in the region. Logan County is also home to several communities on historic Route 66.