Peoria, Arizona is a dynamic community northwest of Phoenix with more than 154,000 residents. The city was founded in 1886 by settlers from Illinois. During the recent gowth boom, this one time farming community became one of the nations’ fastes growing cities. Peoria was officially incorporated in 1954.
The city is home to Lake Pleasant – the state’s second largest lake and the Peoria Sports Complex – spring training facility and home of the San diego Padres and Seattle Mariners.
Peoria is a dedicated supporter of the arts community and proud of the award-winning facilities incluuding the Peorica Center for the Performing Arts and Rio Vista Community Park and Recreation Center. Peoria is also home to such non profit organizations such as the Challenger Space Center, West Valley Art Museum and Arizona Broadway Theatre. Coupled with the miles and miles of hiking trails, endless shopping and dining and entertainment options, Peoria was listed among the 100 “Best Places to Live” in 2008 , according to Money magazine.