Pekin (pronounced ‘peek-in’) is a community of over 33,000 centrally located in the western-central portion of the state, half way between Chicago and St. Louis (being about 165 miles / 264 km. from each) and is the county seat for Tazewell County. Situated just 10 miles to the south of Peoria, the Pekin-Peoria metro area has a population of over 350,000.
Pekin enjoys a solid economic base, home to many industrial and manufacturing jobs and the corporate office for one the largest ethanol facilities in the nation. Thanks in part to a very successful city-owned business park and a highly skilled labor force; Pekin is ideally situated, as it has ready access to all forms of transportation: highway, rail, air, motor freight and water.
Nestled along the banks of the Illinois River, Pekin’s topography is marked by river bluffs, gently rolling terrain, and mature wooded areas. Our community is blessed with state-of-the-art medical facilities and hospitals, an expansive 2,500 acre park system, and an unequaled educational system featuring public elementary schools, public middle schools, one public high school and private schools. Higher education opportunities await with Illinois Central College, Bradley University, Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University, University of Illinois and University of Illinois School of Medicine all being within a 90-minute drive.