U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Illinois
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 11-05-2006, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Midwest
1,903 posts, read 7,166,266 times
Reputation: 454

Advertisements

I'm in Urbana-Champaign for grad school. The Bloomington-Normal area is nice, plenty of restaurants and shopping. Peoria isn't really all that big [same size as BN or UC] and while the river is nice, it did not feel safe, and it was also somewhat difficult to navigate around the city and its environs.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 11-11-2006, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Arlington Heights, IL
4 posts, read 17,286 times
Reputation: 10
Peoria is actually quite a bit bigger than Bloomington-Normal or Champaign-Urbana when you factor in the metro area. The city itself is about 120,000 I believe, but the whole area is pushing maybe 200k. There are suburbs and a real skyline. It's not as "dirty" as it used to be due to heavy renovations around the river, although there definitely are some not-so-great parts. The best place to visit for views is Peoria Heights...unexpectantly beautiful scenes over the Illinois River if you find the right spots. They also have a very well-regarded golf course (Weaver Ridge) and a nice new open-air mall (Shoppes at Grand Prairie).

Sounds like an advertisement, but I recently lived in Normal and traveled there pretty regularly with my wife. I think that we'd actually consider moving there over the twin cities.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-12-2006, 11:04 AM
 
3 posts, read 7,872 times
Reputation: 10
Peoria, while larger than b-n or c-u is somewhat more limited in cultural opportunities and more isolated than b-n or c-u. Here in Champaign, the job market is good, cultural opportunities abound b/c of the U of I, and the downtown area has a great feel. And, if you get bored, Chicago's only two hours away-quite a bit shorter than Peoria!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-18-2006, 03:41 AM
 
260 posts, read 1,021,666 times
Reputation: 76
Normal is a good place to live, with all kinds of stuff to do, and a fair amount of cultural activity. Tornadoes happen in the area every once in a while, but not enough to lose sleep over. As for jobs, anyone who can't find work in Normal needs to be checked by the coroner.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-19-2006, 10:13 AM
 
98 posts, read 307,651 times
Reputation: 30
Good Answer.....
Thank you all for all your interesting comments.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Options
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2016 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Illinois
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top