Illinois, otherwise known as the Land of Lincoln, is the most demographically diverse Midwestern state and the fifth most populous state in the nation. It is home to large cities like Chicago, small industrial cities and great agricultural productivity.
The Quad Cities is the name given to a group of communities on the banks of the Mississippi River – where the states of Iowa and Illinois are joined. The area is located 165 miles west of Chicago and is the largest urban area along the Mississippi River between Minneapolis and St. Louis. The Cities are comprised of the Illinois communities of East Moline, Moline and Rock Island and the Iowa communities of Davenport and Bettendorf. The combined metropolitan population of the Quad Cities is approaching 400,000.
Residents in the Quad City area, and in other small Illinois communities, have access to affordable housing, ranging from historic homes to multi-cultural neighborhoods. Ruhl&Ruhl REALTORS serves as a resource of real estate information in Rock Island, Henry, Mercer, Whiteside, Carrol and Jo Davies counties in Illinois.
Illinois Quad City Communities
East Moline is a part of the Illinois Quad Cities, although it is known for the silent of fifth city, not usually included in the original list of the Quad Cities. With a population of 20,333, East Moline is the smallest of the cities. The community focuses on economic development and also is home to HC Duke & Sons' ElectroFreeze, the company that manufactures frozen dessert machines for well-known companies like Dairy Queen.
Moline sits between East Moline and Rock Island on the Illinois side of the Quad Cities and has an estimated population of 43,016. The city is home to the corporate headquarters of Deere & Company, as well as, the Quad Cities International Airport, the third largest airport in Illinois. After a revitalization in the mid-1990's, Moline's downtown now serves as one of the recreational hubs of the Quad Cities, with many events taking place at the 12,000 seat i-Wireless Center and at John Deere Commons.
Rock Island is the county seat of Rock Island County and has a population of 39,684. The original Rock Island, from which the city gets its name, is the largest island on the Mississippi River and is now known as Arsenal Island, the largest employer in the Quad City area and home to the largest government-owned weapons manufacturing arsenal in the United States. Lock and Dam No. 15 are also located here along the Mississippi River, and therefore bring through thousands of barges a year.