From the band shell of LeClaire Park on the Mississippi to the corn fields stretching to I-80 and north, Davenport is a city rich in history of the river, industry, and jazz. Davenport is the largest of the Quad Cities – an area comprised of four cities and their surrounding communities in Illinois and Iowa where the Mississippi runs west.
Over the past few years, a renewed interest in the downtown and riverfront areas has led to wonderful development and construction. The recently opened Figge Arts Museum is an impressive addition to the city. A new sky bridge provides a safe and beautiful walk-way from downtown to The Rhythm City Casino. The newly renovated John O’Donnell stadium, host to the Quad Cities baseball team The Swing, sits at the base of the Centennial Bridge right along the riverfront. Paths right along the riverfront allow for an enjoyable walk or bike ride.
Northpark Mall, Kimberly Road, and the new commercial development along 53rd Street are shopping destinations for the entire Quad Cities area. With a great variety of clothing, furniture, technology, and specialty stores there is something for everyone.
There are many parks and recreation facilities throughout Davenport. Vander Veer Park, right in the middle of the city, has a small pond for skating in the winter and a botanical center to enjoy year round.
The Davenport School district has 3 public high schools, 6 intermediate, and numerous grade schools. There are many alternative private and parochial schools in Davenport available. The Palmer School of Chiropractics, St. Ambrose University, and Scott Community College provide higher education opportunities for local, national, and international students.
The grand homes of McClellan Heights, Vander Veer Park, and the “Gold Coast” are part of the historic housing available in Davenport. Many wonderful older residential areas exist in price ranges from $75,000 – to $500,000. Affordable and premier new construction subdivisions are being built on the western and northern areas of the city ranging from $200,000 - $750,000.
Bettendorf is the youngest city within the region of Illinois and Iowa where the Mississippi runs west known as the Quad Cities. Beautiful residential neighborhoods, parks, golf courses, and recreational facilities are the hallmarks of this gem along the river.
Bettendorf has grown consistently over the past 50 years. When the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA) opened its plant in Riverdale (adjacent to Bettendorf) in the late 1940’s, the city’s growth started exploding. Eighty percent of Bettendorf was developed after World War II. Today, Bettendorf is one of Iowa’s fastest growing communities with incomes and education levels above the national average.
Two highly regarded public school systems serve the area – Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley Community School Districts. Rivermont Collegiate, a private, college preparatory school of K-12, is available to students in Bettendorf and throughout the Quad Cities. The Bettendorf Public Library and the Family Museum of Arts and Sciences are two wonderful educational facilities open to any resident of the Quad Cities.
Many fine restaurants, shopping centers, specialty stores, and grocery stores are located throughout Bettendorf. New development along the riverfront includes a new hotel adjacent to The Isle of Capri Riverboat and Convention Center. Commercial and residential development to the east and north keep Bettendorf growing strong.
Bettendorf has many new construction neighborhoods with homes ranging in price from around $250,000 and up. Housing of almost any type is available from condos to villas to residential. Affordable existing residential homes start around $100,000. Commute times of 10 – 20 minutes to almost anywhere in the Quad Cities makes Bettendorf an easy choice for those wanting to live in a growing, vital community.
The home of Deere and Company’s international headquarters, Moline is one of the “Quad Cities” – an area comprised of four cities and their surrounding communities of Illinois and Iowa where the Mississippi runs west.
The riverfront and downtown areas have seen a recent surge in development. Gift shops, museums, and businesses border the river. You may casually or elegantly dine along the many restaurants up and down the Mississippi. The MARK of the Quad Cities in Moline is an arena that accommodates ice hockey and arena football in the winter, and the circus, the Ice Capades and world class entertainers throughout the year.
Bike paths and jogging trails along the banks of the Mississippi on Moline’s northern border are a center of activity for walkers, joggers, bicyclists, and families and individuals out for a stroll along the river. The Rock River on Moline’s south border offers water recreation opportunities. The bridges across the Rock take travelers to the Quad City International Airport, offering non-stop flights to 8 U.S. hub cities.
Moline’s school district has 13 Elementary, 2 Middle, and 1 High School serving over 7,500 students. The district is constantly evolving as it tries to meet the educational needs of its diverse population. Higher educational opportunities are found at Black Hawk College and the Quad City Campus of Western Illinois University.
Moline offers exceptional schools, parks and a vibrant downtown, making it a great city for families! Housing that includes elegant older homes, luxury condominiums and new construction makes Moline a destination for young professionals, families and active seniors. Affordable housing welcomes first-time buyers. Prices can range from $70,000 - $700,000 with most homes within a $100,000 - $350,000 range.
Moline offers the charm of a smaller community with the excitement and features of a big city.
Rock Island is a proud community with a rich and fascinating history. As one of the Quad Cities – that unique area of Illinois and Iowa where the Mississippi River runs west, Rock Island looks to the future with innovative housing and development programs modeled by other cities in the U.S.
Rock Island’s downtown, “The District”, is vibrant and active with businesses, shops, restaurants, a nationally recognized dinner theatre, comedy club, and riverboat casino. Culture and diversity are celebrated in the many Festivals and Fairs hosted by “The District” throughout the year. The Quad City Criterium Bike Race and The Rock Island Grand Prix are two international sporting events held right on the city streets.
The Rock Island Arsenal is an active U.S. Army facility with the 2nd oldest U.S. Army museum. Augustana College, a well-respected liberal arts college, makes its home in Rock Island drawing local and international students and professors to its campus. Trinity Health Systems, one of the area’s largest with 3 hospitals and numerous clinics, makes its home in Rock Island as well.
The school district’s Rock Island High School produces a record number of National Merit Scholars. Alternative private schooling can be found in Jordan Catholic School, Horace Mann, and Alleman High School.
Recreational opportunities can be found throughout the city. One can enjoy the waterfront on the Rock or Mississippi Rivers, or hike, swim, play tennis, or picnic at one of Rock Island’s many parks including wooded Blackhawk State, Lincoln, or Longview. Golfing can be enjoyed at the Saukie or Highland Springs courses.
Rock Island is noted for its lovely, wooded residential neighborhoods. New construction subdivisions of homes and condominiums have been recently developed within the city and in the more suburban Southwest Rock Island area. Affordable housing is readily available as well as homes in more prestigious areas such as Watch Hill and Wildwood.
Rock Island is a city embracing its heritage while progressively looking toward the future.