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Living Here

The Quad Cities is a bi-state region, and is made up of ClintonMuscatine and Scott Counties in Iowa and HenryMercer and Rock Island Counties in Illinois. The Quad Cities offers the amenities found in big cities, plus a low cost of living, high quality schools, short commute times, major retailers, niche restaurants, a diverse faith community and strong social services network.

Our communities have been recognized with accolades including a Top 10 Community for Raising a Family (Family Circle Magazine), 16th Most Affordable Housing (CNN Money) and 2nd Best Riverfront Along the Mississippi (Mississippi River Traveler).

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Living Here


Here’s a snapshot of the quality of life the Quad Cities has to offer:

  • Location on the Mississippi River provides miles of riverfront trails, entertainment and dining options along the river and plentiful beaches and fishing
  • World-class art museum, ballet and symphony, as well as a thriving arts community centered through Bucktown Center for the Arts, MidCoast Fine Arts and Quad City Arts
  • Big-name concerts at the iWireless Center including recent tours with Sheryl Crow, Zac Brown Band, Carrie Underwood, Maroon 5, Brad Paisley, Justin Bieber and Keith Urban
  • Home to the John Deere Classic, a PGA Tour golf tournament
  • Extensive network of social services including a nationally-recognized United Way, all supporting a culture of volunteerism and strong sense of community
  • Active and diverse faith community
  • Selection of award-winning K-12 school districts
  • Variety of housing options, including downtown loft living, mansions overlooking the bluffs of the Mississippi River, tight-knit suburban neighborhoods and acres of rolling farmland for country living
  • A long list of community festivals including the River Roots Live music festival, Red, White & Boom, Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, Quad Cities Kite Festival, Beaux Arts Festival and more
  • Community-wide sporting events including the Quad Cities Marathon, Quad Cities Criterium, Bix 7,and the Quad Cities Classic Regatta
  • Plentiful farmers markets

Arts & Culture: In the Q

The Quad Cities has a rich diversity of cultural amenities, from Broadway plays, the Symphony, museums, festivals and cultural districts. 

 Music & Theater

Museums & Galleries 


i wireless Center
Quad City Symphony Orchestra
Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse
Adler Theatre
River Music Experience/Redstone Room
Quad City Music Guild
Playcrafters Barn Theatre
Bix Jazz Society
Ballet Quad Cities
Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
Daytrotter 


Augustana College Art Museum
Bucktown Center for the Arts
Buffalo Bill Museum
Colonel Davenport House
Family Museum
Figge Art Museum
German American Heritage Center
MidCoast Fine Arts
Putnam Museum and Theatre
Quad City Arts
The District Theatre
The Genesius Guild

Festivals & Community Events

Aledo Rhubarb Festival Milan Indian Summer Festival
Annual Eagle Watch Mississippi Valley Blues Fest
Bald Eagle Days Mississippi Valley Fair
Beaux Arts Fair Muddy Waters Motorcycle Fun Run
Bix Biederbecke Memorial Jazz Festival Muscatine County Fair
Blue Grass Days Pioneer Village Christmas Walk
Boo at the Zoo, Niabi Zoo QC Pride Fest
Brew Ha Ha Quad Cities Kite & Family Fun Festival
Camanche Days Quad City Air Show
Christmas in the Village Quad City Greek Festival
Clinton Community College B-rrry Scurry Quad City Irish Festival
Coal Valley Days Red, White & Boom
Dutch Days River Roots Live
Festival of Trees Riverssance
Gumbo Ya Ya New Orleans Festival Rod & Custom Car Show
Jewish Feast-ival St. Patrick’s Day Parade
John Deere Classic – PGA Golf Tournament Street Fest
Juneteenth Family Festival Sturgis on the River
Labor Day Weekend Pow Wow Symphony of Lights
Lighting on the Commons Tug Fest
Melon City Criterium Unity Fest
Mercer County Fair Viva Quad Cities
Midwest Soccer Classic Ya Maka My Weekend

Sports & Recreation: In the Q

The Quad Cities has the #2 Coolest Minor League Ballpark in the country, Modern Woodmen Park, according to Complex City Guide. USA Today ranked the park, home to the Quad City River Bandits, as one of the top 10 places in the country to take a baseball pilgrimage to.

In the heart of America, organized sports are a way of life. Kids and adults alike enjoy baseball, softball, volleyball, bowling, running, cycling and rowing leagues, to name a few. Some of the highlights in the region include our 160 parks and recreation areas, public and private golf courses, a wealth of sporting venues and 131 miles of existing recreational trails, including the longest river trail in the nation that runs along the Mississippi River.

Minor League Sports Teams


Quad City Mallards Hockey
Quad City River Bandits
QC Raiders Minor League Football
Quad City Rollers, Roller Derby Team

Golf Courses


Pinnacle Country Club Hidden Hills Golf Course
Byron Hills Golf Course Muscatine Municipal
Golfmohr Golf Club Palmer Hills Golf Course
Hawthorn Ridge Golf Club Spirit Hollow Golf Course
Highland Springs Golf Course Valley Oaks Golf Club
Indian Bluff Golf Course Country View Golf Course
Maple Bluff Golf Club Cross Creek
Prairie Ridge Golf Course Green River
Arsenal Island Golf Course Hillcrest Resort
Saukie Golf Course Lake Erie
TPC @ Deere Run Olathea
Valley View Club Pebble Creek Golf Course
Blue Top Ridge at Riverside Red Hawk Golf & Learning Center
Duck Creek Rustic Ridge
Emesis Sunrise
Glynn’s Creek Whispering Pines


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