RESOURCES - Communities


Here is a list of some of our communities in Illinois and Iowa:

East Moline, Illinois

East Moline is the smallest of the metro Quad City towns with a population just over 22,000. The city is bordered on the north by the Mississippi River and the Island Marina is a river access point. The paved bike path along the river connects to Moline and smaller communities upstream.

The Rock Island County Fairgrounds are located in the city and the 18-hole golf course at Short Hills Country Club takes advantage of the city's rolling landscape.

Top Employers

  • John Deere Harvester Works
  • Illini Hospital
  • East Moline School District NO. 37
  • Standard Forwarding
  • East Moline Correctional Center


Galesburg is located in Knox County, about 50 miles south of the metro Quad City area. The town's 32,000 residents enjoy 25 parks and recreation areas.

Amtrak provides daily service to and from Chicago and cities west of Galesburg. Galesburg is home to Knox College, a private four-year liberal arts college, and Carl Sandburg College, a two-year community college.

Top Employers

  • BNSF Railroad
  • Galesburg Public Schools
  • Galesburg Cottage Hospital
  • OSF St. Mary's Medical Center
  • Dick Blick Company

Geneseo, Illinois

Geneseo is a charming small town, about 20 miles east of the Quad Cities in Henry County, with a population around 6,500.The town is known for its Victorian style homes and has a quaint downtown with stores participating in an annual Christmas Walk.

Old-fashioned festivals, parades, a local theatre group, and ice cream socials are a few of the reasons that generations of families choose to stay in Geneseo.

Top Employers

  • Ford and Sons
  • Geneseo Community School District No. 228
  • Hammond Henry Hospital

Kewanee, Illinois

Kewanee is ideally situated between the Quad Cities and Peoria, Illinois and has a population of about 13,000. Golf courses and parks provide opportunities to enjoy nature and the Henry County Fair and Hog Days Festival are summer events not to be missed.

Kewanee Hospital opened a state-of-the-art healthcare facility in 2008 and is designated by Medicare as a Critical Access Hospital.

Top Employers

  • Great Dane Limited
  • Kewanee Hospital
  • Kewanee Youth Center
  • Peterson Health Care
  • Walmart

Moline, Illinois

One of the four Quad Cities, Moline has a population over 43,000 and is home to John Deere's world headquarters. Shopping attractions and recreation along the Mississippi River are plentiful in Moline. The iWireless Center is the hub of the downtown and hosts sporting events, concerts, meetings, and family shows.

Black Hawk College serves nearly 20,000 credit and non-credit students in 56 associate's degrees and 48 occupational certificate programs. The Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Riverfront Campus opened for classes in January 2012. WIU is a public university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees and one doctorate degree program.

Top Employers

  • John Deere
  • Moline School District No. 40
  • Black Hawk College
  • United HealthCare
  • McLaughlin Body

Port Byron, Illinois

This river town has a population of about 1,675 residents. About a third of the population works in the manufacturing sector and commute time to work is about 20 minutes.

The city is best known for Tug Fest, a bi-state tug of war across the Mississippi River. Teams compete and pull on the 2,400 foot long rope and families gather to watch the tugs, participate in the 5K, watch stage shows, and marvel at the fireworks display.

Rock Island, Illinois

Just under 40,000 people call Rock Island home and have the option to live in the city's historic homes, downtown condos, new subdivisions or wooded retreats. Rock Island boasts a downtown entertainment district, a casino, botanical center, and marina.

In the heart of the city lies Black Hawk State Historic Site, featuring over 200 acres with trails, picnic areas, nature center and a museum of Native American life.

Top Employers

  • Rock Island Arsenal
  • Trinity Regional Health System
  • R.I. - Milan School District
  • Rock Island County
  • Augustana College
  • Jumers Casino & Hotel

Savanna, Illinois

Savanna is a small, on the river town with over 3,200 friendly residents. As home to the Mississippi Palisades State Park, you’ll find a 2,500 acre park with beautiful views, activities and opportunities to explore the river. Savanna offers a feeling of small town living, where you’ll find thriving businesses in the downtown area.

Savanna offers exceptional schools, churches, clubs and businesses. Savanna has affordable housing options for individuals and families of all sizes. Savanna’s housing offers more bang for your buck versus homes in major metro areas.

The top employers in Savanna are in the fields of education, healthcare and manufacturing. Commuting to work is a breeze in Savanna, and if you need to travel to a larger city on either side of the river, you can quickly reach Route 84 and be on your way.

The Savanna office is fully staffed with agents from the former Mills Realty, now part of Mel Foster Co. By building bridges between buyer and seller, we are making it happen in Savanna!

Top Employers

  • West Carroll School District
  • Sullivans Corporation
  • Elkay Manufacturing 
  • Metform LLC.

Silvis, Illinois

Silvis is a growing area of over 7,000 residents with adjacent access to the larger metro area of East Moline. Featuring a       world-renowned championship golf course, TPC Deere Run, diverse and authentic dining options, Silvis offers endless possibilities.

Luxury and market rate apartments, lofts and homes are available. New housing developments are starting throughout the city. 

Thomson, Illinois


The Village of Thomson is rurally located in Carroll County, Illinois, about 45 miles from the metro Quad Cities. The population is just under 600 and the village has been known for its export of melons and other produce and exceptional hunting, fishing and recreational sports.

Birdwatchers can see pelicans, sand hill cranes, orioles and other water and songbirds. The Great River Trail Bike Path runs through Thomson and covers 60 miles from Rock Island to Savanna, Illinois.


West Carroll Community School District #314

Bettendorf, Iowa

Bettendorf is home to over 33,000 people. The city has great public amenities including a library, Family Museum of Arts, and Sciences and Palmer Hills Golf Course.

Bettendorf is one of a few cities in the world to have a city-wide fiber optic network available for business use. Much land development is being done in Bettendorf and there is room for more new housing growth. MONEY Magazine included Bettendorf in its list of 100 best small towns in 2009.

Top Employers

  • Alcoa
  • Isle of Capri
  • Bettendorf - Pleasant Valley School District
  • Clinton - Muscatine - Scott County Community Colleges

Clinton, Iowa

Over 25,000 people live in Clinton, Iowa, upriver from the Quad Cities about 40 miles. Clinton is a small town with big amenities including a Class 1A baseball team, aquatic center, symphony, and professional theater company.

In 2006, a Vision Iowa Grant allowed the city of Clinton to beautify its riverfront, which has become a hub of activity for local residents and visitors.

Davenport, Iowa

Davenport is the third largest city in Iowa, with a population around 100,000. City has bountiful choices for shopping, dining and entertainment. The vibrant downtown area has an art museum, riverfront band shell and park and baseball stadium with stunning river views.

Luxury, market-rate apartment and lofts are available downtown and historic homes dot the bluffs along the river. New housing developments are popping up along the city's north and west borders.

De Witt, Iowa

De Witt, Iowa, is a small town of 5,500 just 20 miles north of Davenport. It is a quintessential small town with a renovated main street and plenty of activities for families. The aquatic center and extensive walking/biking trails provide outdoor summer fun.

The central Community School District serves approximately 1,600 students from De Witt and the communities of Grand Mound, Low Moor and Welton. The Central Performing Arts Center is a new state-of-the-art venue for student and community performances and is a joint venture between the school district and the city.

Top Employers

  • Car-Freshener Corporation
  • Custom-Pak
  • Guardian Industries Corp.


Eldridge is a rural community of fewer than 6,000 people and is located just north of the Quad Cities. It offers the advantages of small town living, yet is a quick drive into the Quad Cities. The North Scott area is made up of several communities: Eldridge, Park View, Long Grove, McCausland, Donahue, and Princeton, Iowa.

Several newer subdivisions are located in Eldridge. Lots are larger in the country and Eldridge has plenty of room to grow.

Top Employers

  • Petco
  • Pilot/Flying J
  • Younkers
  • Advance Auto
  • Great Clips

Le Claire, Iowa

Le Claire is a small town of under 4,000 residents with a charming downtown that is a favorite destination of locals and visitors. The shops and restaurants along Cody Road are very popular and this section of town along the river is a hot spot for festivals and events.

Single-family homes and condos are available in new developments and Le Claire also boasts a wide assortment of charming older homes. Le Claire is one of the fastest growing communities in the Quad Cities.

Muscatine, Iowa

Muscatine is a river town of almost 23,000 south and west of the Quad Cities. Discovery Park is Muscatine County's newest recreation area and is home to the Environmental Learning Center, the Muscatine Arboretum, and a beautiful pond with trails.

Muscatine is primarily located on a series of bluffs and hills at a major west-south bend in the Mississippi River. The riverbend gives the city roughly 260 degrees of riverfront. This view is coveted by homeowners along the city's bluffs.

Top Employers

  • HON
  • Bandag
  • H.J. Heinz
  • Bridgestone Tire
  • Monsanto