Peoria is a city located in Maricopa County, Arizona, USA, with a small portion in Yavapai County. It is considered a major suburb of Phoenix.
The city of Peoria got its name in the late 1880's from early settlers who moved from Peoria, Illinois to this area of Arizona in order to farm the land.
Incorporated in 1954, Peoria has steadily grown from a farming community into what is now the 9th largest city in the state of Arizona.
By 2005 the population had grown to 138,200 according to the mid-decade Census survey estimates.
Peoria is currently the fourth largest city in the state of Arizona in terms of land area, and the ninth largest city in the state in terms of population.
Peoria is centrally located, only 13 miles from the city of Phoenix.
Other nearby cities include Glendale (approximately 4 miles southeast), Surprise (approximately 9 miles to the northwest), Tempe (approximately 22 miles to the southeast), Scottsdale (approximately 25 miles to the east), and Mesa (approximately 30 miles to the east).
Peoria has now annexed over 170 square miles and is in two counties Maricopa County and Yavapai County.
It is technically the largest incorporated city in Yavapai County even though almost all of Peoria's current population resides on the Maricopa side.
The Agua Fria River and New River are the only rivers that flow through Peoria.
The Agua Fria River is usually dry due to the New Waddell Dam that hold back Lake Pleasant in the northern end of the city.
The New River is usually dry due to flood control measures.
There are multiple washes and creeks that flow through the city as well, one of the most significant is the Skunk Creek due to its trails and connectivity with nearby Glendale.
Peoria has many smaller mountains and hills in the northern end. Some include Sunrise Mountain, West Wing Mountain, East Wing Mountain,Calderwood Butte, Cholla Mountain, White Peak, Hieroglyphic Moutains, and Twin Buttes.
Recreation & Attractions
Peoria is home to Lake Pleasant Regional Park
, a large water recreation area housing campgrounds and offering a variety of fishing and boating activities.
Peoria is also home to the Challenger Space Center
, a facility over 20,000 square feet in size, which offers simulated space missions and other educational experiences for school students, families, and interested individuals.
A comprehensive list of golf courses in the Peoria, AZ area, together with other nearby golf courses in Arizona.
Additional attractions in and around Peoria include:
For a list of all Sports Teams in Arizona click here
Peoria has 4 high schools within the city limits, including:
Peoria High School (PUSD) 1922
Centennial High School (PUSD) 1990
Sunrise Mountain High School (PUSD) 1996
Liberty High School (PUSD) 2006
Some residents are districted to Peoria Unified School District that are built within Glendale city limits such as Cactus High School, Ironwood High School, and Raymond S. Kellis.
Other schools that residents feed into are in the Deer Valley School District and currently effect few residents.
PUSD elementary schools within the city limits are Alta Loma, Apache, Cheyenne, Cotton Boll, Country Meadows, Coyote Hills, Desert Harbor, Frontier, Ira Murphy, Oakwood, Oasis, Parkridge, Paseo Verde, Peoria, Santa Fe, Sky View, Sun Valley, Sundance, Vistancia and Zuni Hills.
Though the city of Peoria has 20 PUSD schools some students are in the boundaries of one other 10 other schools which fall within Glendale city limits.
DVSD elementary schools within the city limits are Terramar and West Wing.
The transportation hubs located in downtown Peoria service two routes.
Our fixed route service is also known as the Park & Ride Program. It's as simple as driving your vehicle to the east lot or west lot, then park your vehicle and board the Metro Valley
bus to travel via the Grand Avenue Limited or Route 106. (note: buses do not enter the Park & Ride lots)
Fixed Routes :
Route 106 - The line travels along the Peoria Avenue Corridor.
Grand Avenue Limited - The Grand Avenue Limited travels via Grand Avenue to the downtown Phoenix bus transfer station.
Route 67 - This line travels along the 67th Avenue corridor between Bell Road and Buckeye Road.
Route 170 - This line travels along the Bell Road corridor between Arrowhead Towne Center, 75th Avenue and Bell Rd., to Scottsdale.
Information from Wikipedia,CityTownInfo and Visit Peoria.