City of Pekin, IL


About Pekin

DalonaontrailPekin is a vibrant community of 32,000 people and the perfect mix of business and pleasure. As the county seat for Tazewell County, Pekin enjoys a solid economic base and is home to many corporate and industrial anchors including Pekin Insurance and Alto Ingredients, one of the largest ethanol facilities in the nation. We also support a very successful, city-owned Business Park with a highly skilled labor force to draw on as businesses continue to move in and thrive.

Scenic views… quaint neighborhoods… small town charm with big city amenities... and one of the lowest property tax rates in the Peoria area... these are just a few of the many reasons you should set up business here. Additionally, Pekin is conveniently located halfway between Chicago and St. Louis, a few hours from Indianapolis, and just 10 miles south of Peoria. We are nestled along the banks of the Illinois River, making Pekin an idyllic location to call home. Below are some additional highlights about all Pekin has to offer.

  • Neighborhoods. Modest starter homes and new construction, wooded views and lake views, stately mansions and historic charm… whatever your style, you can probably find it in Pekin. Our homes are also priced to meet a variety of budgets!
  • Healthcare. In addition to Pekin Hospital and Methodist at Pekin, there is a wide selection of specialty physicians with offices in Pekin. We also have several short-term and long-term care nursing homes available.
  • Education. From grade school to high school, Pekin schools offer a diverse academic curriculum as well as an opportunity to explore the arts. We have also been recognized for our academic accomplishments and innovative teaching initiatives. Several parochial and private schools are also available to parents who want an alternative to public education.
  • Recreation. Swimming, horseback riding, tennis, golf… you’re sure to be impressed with our expansive list of recreational activities and one-of-a-kind park system.
  • Shopping. Clothes, antiques, crafts, collectibles, home improvements, furniture or a new vehicle, chances are you’ll find exactly what you need in Pekin. Our shopping district includes both unique shops as well as well-known markets and stores.
  • Dining. Enjoy a romantic evening, a night out with friends or sipping coffee with an old friend, Pekin has it all. From Mexican and Italian to Asian and Greek, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the great tastes Pekin offers.

Want to Learn More about Pekin?
Here’s a quick look at Pekin by the numbers, giving you statistical support for making Pekin, Illinois the location of choice for your business. The following information is based on the Pekin-Peoria Area Demographics. 

Distance to Major Markets
St. Louis, MO - 165 miles
Chicago, IL - 167 miles
Indianapolis, IN - 214 miles
Milwaukee, WI - 255 miles
Louisville, KY - 327 miles
Cincinnati, OH - 327 miles
Kansas City, MO - 346 miles
Detroit, MI - 425 miles

Average Annual Individual Pay
Pekin/Peoria - $35,490
Bloomington/Normal - $38,960
Champaign/Urbana - $35,690
Quad Cities - $34,610
Decatur - $34,660
Kankakee - $34,070
Rockford - $36,690
Springfield - $38,260

Population (Pekin)
Total population - 32,000
25 years and over - 22,848
15 years and over - 27,344
Median Age - 37.1

Major  Employers  in Pekin Area         
Caterpillar - 12,000 
WITCO - 350 
Keystone Steel & Wire - 1,600 
Midwest Generation - 325 
Unity Point Health- Pekin Hospital - 725 
Pacific Ethanol - 280 
Pekin Insurance - 600 
Podiatry Arts Lab - 190 
Ameren CILCO - 510 
MGP Ingredients - 135

Peoria-Pekin MSA Workforce   
Technical, Sales & Support - 32% 
Managerial & Professional - 25% 
Operators, Fabricators, Laborers - 16% 
Service - 14% 
Skilled Labor - 11% 
Farming - 2%

Educational Attainment (Pekin)
High school graduates - 81.6%
Bachelor’s degree - 13.4