Peoria is the largest city on the Illinois River and the county seat of Peoria County, Illinois. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 112,936. The city of Peoria is home to Bradley University and the world headquarters for Caterpillar Inc. It features a federal courthouse, several thousand acres of parks, and three hospitals.
Peoria has become famous as a representation of the average American city, because of its demographics and its preceived mainstream Midwestern culture. On the Vaudeville circuit, it was said that if an act would succeed in Peoria, it would work anywhere. The question "Will it play in Peoria?" has now become a metaphor for whether something appeals to the American mainstream public, and Peoria is often used as a test market for new products.
Web Sites and Links
CityLinkGuide to the city's public transportation services and programs. Information on air, rail, taxi/limo, horse carriage rides and trolley.