Washington is a vibrant community and one that has seen a growth rate of 40 percent over the past decade. As the name suggests, Washington is a community named after the country’s first president. First called “Holland’s Grove” in 1825 after William Holland, who built the area’s first log cabin, the city was defined in 1834. The area was a well-known blacksmith trade area and pioneers were attracted to settle here early on. By 1900, Washington was a known commercial center in the midst of a vast agricultural area.
Today this Tazewell County community has a population of 15,134, showing a 40 percent growth over the last 10 years, and is located just a stone’s throw from Peoria on the east side of Peoria Lake. Its proximity to Peoria allows residents access to many amenities, including the Peoria Civic Center and the Lakeview Museum of Arts & Science. In 2010, the city celebrated its 185th anniversary.
The coveted Governor's Award was presented to Washington five times for its development of Washington Helps Its People (WHIP), the Tough Love program, Washington Community Leadership Challenge, Washington Senior Center's Meals on Wheels program and the Veterans Memorial, and with easy access to several healthcare institutions, superior education and a charming downtown equipped with historic architecture and quaint specialty shops, it’s easy to see why Washington is so appealing