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Living in Peru

Peru 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 Taxes

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.

The City of Peru’s new state-of-the-art Public Safety Complex opened in 2021.

Access to quality health care is one of our community’s strongest assets. Peru is home to St. Margaret’s Health-Peru and its emergency department that treats 15,000 patients each year.

Peru is home to two excellent high schools and grade school system, with a new state-of-the-art Parkside Middle School and a newly renovated 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.

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 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.

One of Peru’s newest editions at Washington Park is the baseball-themed splash pad with approximately 12,000 square feet of fun. 

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