Peoria, located in the northwest corner of the Valley, is the sixth-largest city in Arizona, housing about 163,000 over 180 square miles of desert. Though it may not have the reputation of other Valley settlements, Peoria holds its own as far as living standards and certainly is not short on entertainment, dining, or other city options. Within the boundaries of the city lie many hiking and biking trails, as well as the 7500 acre Lake Pleasant, a Valley oasis for boating, fishing, and other marine activities. The New River Trail provides a scenic walk for nature lovers, and kayaking and canoeing options are open with the luxury of the large desert lake. For those looking to relax, Peoria is home to dozens of great golf courses, country clubs, and spas. Those seeking a nightlife experience will enjoy the many fine dining and bar scenes littered throughout the city. In March, the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners share the Peoria Sports Complex for MLB spring training. The Challenger Space Center museum and many libraries within the city will surely spark the curiosity of residents, and the city also houses the Maricopa Solar power plant. The city focused on a sense of leisure and resort, but looks to expand to a more industrial and commercial look to the future. With a recent addition to the list of the ‘Top 100 Places to Live’, Peoria is a happening city with future potential for families and individuals to call home.
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