Located just off the Mississippi River, Moline, IL, began as a town very well known for harnessing the mighty water power of the Mississippi to fuel local businesses. Being situated perfectly within the Quad Cities, buying a home in Moline, IL means living right in the heart of the Midwest with all the perks of having a close community while being surrounded by some of the largest cities in the state. With a growing, vibrant downtown and a rich history, Moline, IL offers residents a variety of attractions to explore and even more when it comes to entertainment.
Moline is located in Rock Island County, Illinois. With a population of around 43,000+, it neighbors East Moline, Davenport, and Bettendorf and is the second largest of the Quad Cities (all thanks to the Mississippi River’s role in helping to provide all that waterpower!).
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“Moline” is an adaptation of the French word for mill town. Today, this city is known as the Farm Implement Capital of America for that reason!
Moline straddles the Illinois-Iowa border on the Mississippi River. The Mississippi Valley is very scenic and the cities don’t fit the Midwestern stereotype of pancake-flat farmland, though you’ll experience that soon enough if you drive east or west from the cities.
Moline has tons of older and newer neighborhoods to choose from, but when it comes to pricing and the cost of living, this area is unmatched! If you’re looking for a more modern feel, Bettendorf is the place to be. If it’s the nightlife you’re looking for, Rock Island and Davenport have their fair share of entertainment and great places to eat, too, and for a taste of the big city? Chicago’s only about three hours away via the interstate!
Living in Moline is a dream. In fact, compared to the rest of the country, the cost of living in Moline is 22% lower! Job growth is positive, and when it comes to those who commute, the average commute time is less than 15 minutes (compared to the 25+ minute national average, that’s a lot of time back!). If you’re visiting the area, the weather is very pleasant from May to September. It does cool off quite a bit in the winter, but there’s plenty to do during every season, no matter when you decide to check out the city.
The beauty of Moline is that everything is easily walkable. The John Deere Pavilion, hotels, restaurants, microbreweries, shops, nightspots, and the TaxSlayer Center (the QC’s 10,000 seat arena that draws top national touring concerts, sporting events, Disney on Ice, Monster Truck shows, and serves as the home for the Quad City Storm professional hockey team and the Quad City Steamwheelers arena football team) are all within a short distance.
You’ll quickly see that no matter what type of activity you’re looking for, you’ll find it in Moline (or at least in close proximity to it!) When you’re exploring Downtown Moline, don’t forget that the area also serves as the entry point to the Rock Island Arsenal, a very popular point of interest!
You seriously can’t beat the riverfront access that Moline, IL offers residents and visitors alike. The Channel Cat Water Taxi makes stops in Moline seasonally and you can board the Celebration Belle riverboat for lunch, dinner, or for a sightseeing cruise in spring through fall. If you follow the paved Great River Trail—you’ll find tons of opportunities for walking, biking, or even skating! And the Ben Butterworth Parkway section is a loved and local favorite.
Enjoy live music and dancing during the free summer concert series at Stephens Square Park or head to Riverside Park for the Riverside Family Aquatic Center to cool off. Greenvalley Sports Complex has baseball and softball diamonds, soccer fields, and cricket fields as far as the eye can see (acres!) and fosters an exciting meeting place for both youth and adults.
Notable events in Moline include the TBK Bank Quad Cities Marathon, Bass Street Summer Concert Series, Mercado on Fifth, and the Lighting of the John Deere Commons in November, which officially kicks off the holidays in the Quad Cities (we told you Moline was where it’s at!)
In the cooler months, head to Lagomarcino’s for some old-fashioned soda fountain drinks, famous hot fudge sundaes, and homemade candy (made in-house for more than a century) or to The Syndicate, which is nestled in the Axis Hotel, for the contemporary feel and artisanal libations.
This vibrant area (as part of the Quad Cities) spans the Mississippi River and the Illinois-Iowa border. It’s been called the “Breadbasket of America,” as the region is a hub for agriculture, particularly because of John Deere’s headquarters located in the heart of Moline in the Corn Belt. The landscape is beautiful. And the slow pace and friendly people mixed with the entertainment and the lively nightly buzz from the surrounding cities make it a perfect place to experience the best of both of those worlds.
As Moline, Illinois has strong ties to John Deere and serves as the global headquarters for Deere & Company, it’s no surprise that John Deere himself has deep roots in the area. He even served as the mayor of Moline for two years! The Quad Cities as a whole offer a wide range of job opportunities spanning a dynamic handful of industries. Whether you are interested in working in agriculture, healthcare, manufacturing, technology, education, or entertainment, the market is thriving and the people will make it worthwhile.
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In 1837, David Sear and his associates built a stone-and-brush dam between the south shore of the Mississippi and Rock Island. This dam provided the water flow for a mill that powered a sawmill, a mill for grinding corn, and other uses. Other factories sprang up and, in 1842, a town was platted with the name Rock Island Mills. However, the name Moline was later adopted and incorporation in 1848, the same year John Deere relocated his plow company from Grand Detour to this growing mill town. John Deere has grown to be the dominant business in Moline.
Moline is located on a bluff on the south bank of the Mississippi River directly across from Bettendorf, IA. The city of Moline is also adjacent to Arsenal Island, originally known as Rock Island. The island was originally established as a government site in 1816, with the building of Fort Armstrong. It is now the largest government-owned weapons manufacturing arsenal in the United States. Moline is also home to Western University, which offers undergraduate and graduate programs to students of Illinois, across the nation and around the world.
Moline’s downtown area serves as one of the civic and recreational hubs of the Quad Cities; many events take place at the 12,000-seat TaxSlayer Center (formerly known as The MARK of the Quad Cities) and at John Deere Commons. Downtown Moline features hotels such as Radisson and Stoney Creek Inn and commercial areas such as Bass Street Landing and the historic 5th Avenue. The John Deere Company has been a major influence on Moline for over 100 years. In the late 1990s, John Deere Commons was built, a multi-million dollar entertainment and tourism complex containing a hotel, restaurants, offices, a John Deere Collector’s Center (located in a re-created 1950s John Deere dealership), the John Deere Store, and the John Deere Pavilion, a tourist center showcasing the history of agriculture in the Midwest.
The Moline Park & Recreation Department maintains 18 parks including Riverside Park, home to the Riverside Family Aquatic Center and to a busy baseball and tennis complex; Prospect Park, home to the Quad City Music Guild; and the Green Valley Sports Complex. Also visit the Ben Butterworth Parkway, a four-mile scenic trail along the Mississippi River running between downtown Moline to the west and East Moline to the east. The Channel Cat Water Taxi and the Celebration Belle, a non-gaming riverboat both dock along the Parkway.
If you are looking to catch a game, Moline is home to the Quad City Storm, a minor league professional hockey team. The Quad Cities are also home to the Quad City River Bandits, the Single A Midwest League affiliates of the Houston Astros. The River Bandits play their home games at Modern Woodmen Park (formerly John O’Donnell Stadium) in Davenport, Iowa.