The Quad Cities is one of Iowa and Illinois’ largest Metropolitan areas. It has a total population of nearly 400,000 people in the greater Quad City area, but don’t be fooled by this seemingly large number. Although it is a big area, living here always feels like home.
Whether you enjoy city life or country life, there is something for you here. During the warmer months, catch a River Bandits game at iconic Modern Woodman Field or take a stroll down the beautiful river walks. The Quad Cities boasts over 100 miles of hiking/biking trails along the river and through beautiful nature reserves. In the later part of the year hit the slopes at SnowStar Ski Park or stop by the TaxSlayer Center for a minor league hockey game.
In 1832, General Winfield Scott and Sauk Chief, Keokuk, signed a treaty in Davenport that effectively ended the Black Hawk War. More and more settlers arrived in what would become the Quad Cities because of the reliability and efficiency of the riverboat. As the Industrial Revolution exploded on the East Coast, many wealthy developers saw the Quad Cities as a viable option to put factories because of the raging Mississippi. In 1848, John Deere moved his operations to Moline, which later would be the main economic driving force. To cater to the westward expansion, the Rock Island Railroad company built the first bridge over the Mississippi in 1856.
The Quad Cities is also a cultural hub for arts, music, and more. Located in downtown Davenport, the Figge Art Museum is an architectural gem that features exhibits from all over the world. The River Music Experience is a fun way to spend the weekend while supporting local talent. For the kids, try visiting the Bettendorf Family Museum where you can play and learn together.
Locals are extremely proud of their food and drink traditions. The “Quad City Pizza” has gained national recognition for using local ingredients in a unique way. Cool off with one of Whitey’s Ice Cream’s famous malts or hand-dipped cones.
The Quad Cities is also home to John Deere Headquarters and the Rock Island Arsenal, both keystones in global manufacturing. Deere has been an industry leader in farming and agricultural equipment for over 100 years. The Arsenal was the Army’s first headquarters established in 1816, and it continues to be a leader in weapons manufacturing.
Thousands of people come to the Quad Cities every year for some of the best festivals and events in the Midwest. There is something to do every weekend.
The Quad Cities is a great place to start a family or settle down for retirement. The communities take great pride in their “small” big city and everything it has to offer, and hope you will too!