Some Facts and Notes about Washington:
- Established in 1825 and features a vintage downtown square included as a part of the Original Town in 1839. The square features distinctive shops and cafes that surround a one-third acre park and water fountain at the center of the square.
- Located just 8 miles east of Peoria, Washington lies on U.S. Route 24 and is within close proximity to Interstates I-74, I-155, and I-39.
- Has a rapidly growing population of 15,134 persons with an estimated local trade area population of more than 100,000 within a 15-minute drive time. The trade area median age is 35.3 years and average household size is 2.5 persons.
- The median household income in Washington is $61,583.
- In the last ten years, Washington saw more new residential development than any other community in Tazewell County with more than 1,500 units under construction.
- Offers a choice of established, older neighborhoods and new, modern subdivisions throughout the city. The average sale price of a new or existing home in Washington is $152,000, and the average construction value of a new home is $259,000.
- Prides itself on a high quality of life due to excellent schools, quality public services, self-supporting amenities, safe and friendly atmosphere, and small-town charm.
- Offers City-owned public water and sewer systems, 24-hour police, fire, and emergency response (911), and other local amenities, such as the library and park districts.
- Enjoys many active local organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Commission, Rotary International, Kiwanis, Lions Club, multiple business and neighborhood associations, and more.
Why Choose Washington?
- A Downtown Square tax increment financing (TIF) district offers renovation and improvement subsidies.
- A citywide Enterprise Zone offering 100% property tax abatement through 2016, plus sales tax waivers, tax credits, and other incentives.
- Existing retail and business spaces are available in multiple shopping centers and plazas throughout town. Dozens of acres of developable commercial property with full public utilities are also available.
- A 50% reduction of all building and zoning fees, and utility connection fees, for properties in the Enterprise Zone.
- No public site plan review process – most development plans for new commercial construction is reviewed internally by City staff with a quick turnaround time.
- School District 50 – Beverly Manor/John Hensey
- School District 51 – Central
- School District 52 – Lincoln/Washington Middle
- School District 308 – High School
- School – St. Patrick’s Grade School
- 2018 – 4th Best Place in Illinois to Raise a Family (WalletHub)
- 2017 – Bicycle Friendly Community (The League of American Bicyclists)
- 2017 – One of the Safest Cities in Illinois (National Council for Home Safety and Security)
- 2017 – Best Average Credit Scores in Central Illinois (LendEDU)
- 2017 – Top 3% of Cities with the Least Student Debt (WalletHub)
- 2017 – Public Works Project of the Year – U.S. Business 24 Recreational Trail (APWA)
- 2017 – Best Social Media Presence – Washington Police Department (Peoria Magazine)