Peoria is a major suburb of Phoenix and currently the sixth largest city in Arizona for land area, and the ninth largest for population. It is the spring training home of the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners who share the Peoria Sports Complex.
Peoria continues to grow successfully. In 1999 most of the land around Lake Pleasant Regional Park was annexed into the city. Peoria has gained a world-class educational and cultural destination, the Challenger Space Center of Arizona. Also in 2007 the city completed the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts. Peoria's identity is more related to resort and leisure living than the past, as that type of lifestyle migrates from the northeast Valley to Peoria. Peoria’s economic plan focuses on establishing the new Loop 303 freeway corridor as an industrial, commercial, mixed development use and less on traditional residential development.
Located on the northern end of Peoria and about 45 minutes from downtown Phoenix, Lake Pleasant covers 10,000 acres. Lake Pleasant Regional Park is thought of as the jewel of the Maricopa County Parks system. The park offers camping, picnicking, boat launch and pick up areas, hiking, fishing, swimming and bird and wildlife viewing.
Interesting Facts to Know About Peoria:
- Population 154,065 according to 2010 Census
- July 2008, Money magazine listed Peoria in its "Top 100 Places to Live."
A - Peoria, Arizona | B- Sonoran Mountain Ranch | C- West Wing Mountain|
D- Fletcher Heights | E- Desert Harbor.
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