Peru Lifestyle and Economy
Diversified employers engaged in the production of pre-finished metals, bakery product manufacturing, fertilizers, steel decks and trusses, chemicals, industrial vibrators, automobile trim, plastics, cabinets, countertops, fiber cement siding, belt buckles, corrugated boxes, specialty nails, protective coatings, biodegradable polymers, processed metals, plastic bottles, and industrial fasteners to name a few.
Peru's real estate taxes are some of the lowest in LaSalle County thanks to our unique shopping centers. Peru generates 1 out of every 3 retail sales and retail sales tax dollars in LaSalle County. The City of Peru makes it a priority to keep its property taxes to one of the lowest in North Central Illinois.
Peru Cost of Living
Careful planning by generations of community leaders has produced high quality neighborhoods with proximity to open spaces, schools, medical care, places of work, recreation and riverfront entertainment.
Peru is home to two excellent high schools and a stellar grade school system, with a new state-of-the-art Parkside Middle School and a newly renovated and equally modern Northview Elementary School. The Peru area encompasses 2 high schools both teaching the necessary educational skills needed for immediate placement into the workforce after graduation and/or prepare individuals for further education. Illinois Valley Community College is a comprehensive two-year institution with a reputation for producing graduates who excel academically and on the job.
Parkside Middle School
Northview Elementary School
Peru has many fine parks for recreation including Baker Lake with a one-mile paved walking path and Veterans Park with multiple baseball and softball fields. Peru is also home to the Illinois Valley YMCA, one of the finest of its size in the country. The YMCA includes an outstanding health and fitness facility as well as three indoor swimming pools and a water park.
Peru Public Safety
The federal government tracks certain crimes throughout every law enforcement agency in the United States. They track crimes of: Criminal Homicide, Forcible Rape, Robbery, Aggravated Assault/Battery, Burglary, Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Arson.
|From 2005 through 2014, while Peru enjoyed significant growth in population and in the arrival of new retail and commercial businesses, Peru had a remarkable 52.86% reduction in crime over this ten year period.
Peru Spiritual Life
Religious faith is an important part of our lives. We boast many houses of worship that serve most denominations and stand as architectural symbols of past and present spiritual values.
Whatever your entertainment needs, you will find them either in Peru or within 5 to 10 miles of Peru: three golf courses within 5 miles; boating, fishing and watercraft sports on the Illinois River; and nearby; Starved Rock State Park, if it were a national Park, it would be the 11th most visited park in the country, behind glacier national Park in Montana. Last year starved rock drew 2.3 million visitors which is higher than 49 national parks. We have something for every member of your family.
Peru Medical Care
Access to quality health care is one of our community’s strongest assets, as we have two hospitals in the area. Illinois Valley Community Hospital (IVCH) is located in Peru, and also has two walk-in clinics — one next to the Illinois Valley YMCA, and the other at the Walmart Supercenter. IVCH recently added 22,000 square feet to the Obstetrics and Intensive Care Units, and its emergency department treats 15,000 patients each year. Meanwhile, St. Margaret’s Hospital is located in neighboring Spring Valley, IL, and just opened a new 14,500 square foot medical facility in northern Peru.
The emergency department at Illinois Valley Community Hospital treats 15,000 patients each year.