Bettendorf is home to excellent schools, a thriving job market, and friendly people.
One of the “Quad Cities” (which is actually a misnomer, as there are 5 in the statistical area and many more who lay claim), Bettendorf, Iowa, is a growing community right on the Mississippi River neighboring Davenport and the Illinois cities of Moline, East Moline, and Rock Island. It’s also close to Chicago, St. Louis, Iowa City, and Des Moines. With so many beautiful parks and easily accessible bike paths, this area is fun for the whole family, no matter their age.
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Named America’s 95th Best Town by CNNMoney, Bettendorf is located in Scotts County and is the 15th largest city in Iowa and the 4th largest city in the Quad Cities. Part of the Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL Metropolitan Area, it’s consistently voted as one of the best places to live in Iowa (don’t take it from us, take it from the people living here!).
Bettendorf offers residents a dense suburban feel with lots of bars, restaurants, and parks. Although it holds the title of 4th largest city in the Quad Cities area, Bettendorf, IA, still holds on to a small-town charm and is the perfect place to buy a home. Bettendorf real estate is surrounded by family-friendly activities, awesome outdoor spaces, and delicious local cuisine.
From growing families and singles to empty nesters and young professionals, the combination of the urban and suburban life in Bettendorf is hard to beat. Residents enjoy easy access to bike trails, unmatched walkability, and convenient access to the I-74, US 67, and I-80. The Bettendorf interactive downtown map will give visitors and residents alike the opportunity to explore this electric area from businesses and bars to events and delectable places to grab a bite—kids or sans kids.
With five elementary schools, a robust middle school, and two excellent high schools in the neighborhood or in very close proximity, the community is not just supportive but very proud of the teachers and students here and works hard to ensure every student’s success.
Another community that offers the Downtown Bettendorf area feel is the Deerbrook Estates, which is nestled in the heart of Bettendorf. Smaller communities (close to downtown but not in the “thick of it” so to speak) include The Suites of Bettendorf, WyndGate at Crow Valley, ValleyWynds at Crow Valley, and Highland Green which are situated next to beautiful golf courses, walking trails, and more.
Folks will find a great selection of things to do and places to go along the Mississippi River. Whether you want to take in the majesty of the I-74 Bridge, try your luck at the casino, find a million and one places to watch the big game with friends, or grab some grub after work with coworkers, having a good time with your friends and family is pretty much guaranteed here.
There’s no season like the fall season, especially in Bettendorf. Picture farmer’s markets, cider sipping, apple picking, picnics at McManus and Middle Park, and for your furry friends, Crow Creek Dog Park. There are many events along the Mississippi River including food pairings, parades, and so much more.
Sure Iowa winters can get cold! But, contrary to popular belief, winter in Iowa doesn’t have to be spent indoors. Residents can enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and fat-tire biking during the snowy season or explore beautiful hiking trails throughout many of the local parks like Illiniwek Park, Scott County Park, Black Hawk State Historic Site, and Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. These parks are also another great place for cross-country skiing enthusiasts to explore both easy and challenging trails. Don’t forget to check out the TBK Sports Center for indoor sports, arcades, and more either.
From fun and exciting educational experiences at the Family Museum of Arts and Science to bowling at High 5 Lanes & Games and excursions with Scuba Adventures QCA, Inc., there is something to do for everyone in every season here in Bettendorf, especially when the sun begins to shine. Kids’ sports are also really big here, too! There’s deck hockey, tons of soccer fields, baseball fields, and more.
You’ll be sure to find most people in the area on the Mississippi River during the summertime enjoying the beach, playing on pontoons, or cruising on yachts! The classic charm of the American rural city paired with low buildings and quiet neighborhoods dominates the open spaces. Restaurants, sports, and parks are some of the highlights here during the summertime, and all of them are worth a visit.
Fondly known as the “Heart of the Midwest,” the Quad Cities (or The QC) are connected by one of the most famous rivers in the world, the beloved Mississippi. Of the five major cities make up the Quad Cities metro, there are also additional communities in the six-county bi-state region which include Clinton, Muscatine, and Scott Counties in Iowa & Henry, Mercer, and Rock Island Counties in Illinois. The Quad Cities are located within a 300-mile radius of roughly 37 million people with close access to major job markets in Chicago, Minneapolis-St. Paul, St. Louis, Des Moines, Omaha, Kansas City, and Indianapolis.
Home to over 30,000 existing companies, there are five major industries in the region: Advanced Metals & Materials, Agricultural Innovation, Corporate Operations, Defense, and Logistics. The community is open-minded, supportive, genuine, authentic, and quirky. It’s a hub for starting something new or expanding upon your own business endeavors.
Top employers include John Deere (Agricultural, Construction & Forestry Manufacturing); Rock Island Arsenal (Defense Manufacturing); UnityPoint Health – Trinity (Healthcare); Genesis Health System (Healthcare); Hy-Vee (Retail Grocery); Walmart (Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters); HNI Corp./The HON Company/Allsteel (Office Furniture Manufacturing); Tyson Fresh Meats (Food Manufacturing); Arconic (Aerospace and Defense Aluminum Manufacturing); and Kraft Heinz (Food Manufacturing).
If you want to take a step back from the stresses of the city without giving up all the comforts, Bettendorf, Iowa, is your next destination. Continue browsing this page to see all current Bettendorf, IA, homes for sale, and learn more about Bettendorf, Iowa real estate.
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Bettendorf is rich in history. The founders originally named the town Lillienthal, after a tavern and dance hall, but merged with an adjacent village name Gilbert in 1858. Around 1900, the Bettendorf brothers took over Gilbert with their ironworks.
Their business evolved into the Bettendorf Axel and Wagon Company, which subsequently became the largest railroad car shop west of the Mississippi River. In recognition of their importance, the town was incorporated as Bettendorf in 1903.
Bettendorf is now home to Arconic, a world-wide manufacturer of lightweight metals. In 1940, Alcoa built the largest aluminum rolling mill in the world.
Bettendorf is located on the banks of the Mississippi River in Scott County just east of Davenport and directly across the river from Moline. The city covers an area of 22.4 square miles. It has the lowest population density (1,528 people/square mile) and the highest median household income of any of the Quad Cities.
Bettendorf offers a variety of cultural and entertainment opportunities. The river, with its waterfront parks, walkways, and Isle of Capri Casino, attracts many people. The Family Museum of Arts and Sciences offers a variety of hands-on exhibits that will keep kids fascinated for hours.
The city is home to three public golf courses, with many others located around the Quad Cities area. Marinas and boat launch facilities foster boating while numerous trails are available for walking, jogging or bicycling. Attractions and entertainment opportunities for other Quad Cities communities are readily accessible to Bettendorf residents. Start your search of Bettendorf homes for sale.