Located on the west side of the Mississippi River in Iowa, Davenport and Bettendorf
make up part of the area known as the Quad Cities. Residents in these cities enjoy affordable living, festivals throughout the year, fine dining and great schools. Higher education options can be found here, as well as job opportunities with national companies such as John Deere, Kraft Foods and the Genesis Health System. Residents enjoy mid-city size that offers big-city dining, museums and other cultural activities, including minor league baseball and ECHL hockey. Located along Interstate 80, residents can easily drive to Chicago or Des Moines or travel further by hopping on a plane at the Quad City International Airport.
Schools in Outer Davenport/Bettendorf
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Restaurants & Nightlife
The cities of Davenport and Bettendorf house plenty of great restaurants for just about every taste.
A popular spot in Davenport, Front Street Brewery serves up tasty burgers, sandwiches and entrees with a Midwestern twist, and it carries a fine selection of locally brewed beers. Diners come for the fish tacos and the Cajun burger, and both pair nicely with a pitcher of IPA.
With several different Chinese restaurants in the area, The Red Lantern in Davenport wins hands down as the place to go. Signature dishes such as Peking duck prepared in the traditional fashion and Sa Cha shrimp or scallops provide diners with new appreciation for the fresh ingredients and flavors of great Chinese cooking.
For fine dining in Bettendorf, try Trattoria Tiramisu for a range of delectable Italian dishes such as ravioli al spinai, a beef ravioli dish sauteed in tomato sauce, or guzzeto di pesce, a succulent fish stew featuring shrimp, calamari, mussles, clams, sea scallops, salmon and white fish. Complement your dining experience with a bottle of wine from the extensive menu.
Mac's Tavern in Davenport perfectly fits the definition of a classic tavern. Diners enjoy great pub food, including classic Irish stew made with Guinness, pizza, or cheap burgers to go with an old-fashioned cocktail or bottle of Budweiser.
Daily food and drink specials bring in the locals at Barrel House 221 in Davenport. Grab a $3 margarita on Monday nights to go with an order of $6 tacos and quesadillas. Thursdays feature half-price martinis, and on Sundays, patrons enjoy $3 draft beer all day long.
The River Music Experience features live music performances throughout the year for residents of the Quad Cities to enjoy. Musical acts include just about every genre, from acoustic guitar to jazz and even birthday bashes featuring Bob Marley's music. Admission varies depending on the performance group, but all prices average less than $20, with many of the shows having free admission.
History & Culture
Long before English settlers inhabited the area, the Sauk and Fox tribes called the Quad City area home. Riverboat travel on the Mississippi River helped establish the cities, as Davenport and Bettendorf became overnight stops for sailors on the river.
The Putnam Museum, located in Davenport, houses
history and natural science exhibits and has the distinction of being one of the first museums west of the Mississippi River. The Adler Theater, a 2,400-seat venue, houses the Quad City Symphony Orchestra as well as Ballet Quad Cities, both well supported by the community.
One of the top running events in the country, The Bix 7 Run, takes place each July, featuring runners from around the world who compete in the seven-mile run up and down the streets of Davenport. In May, residents enjoy the Quad Cities Air Show, and the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival takes place every August.
Both Davenport and Bettendorf have plenty of walking and biking trails, but most residents use their cars or ride public transportation to travel around town. Public transportation of each Quad City community works together to provide plenty of options for residents and visitors. Residents who ride the Loop bus service in Davenport or Bettendorf can get around with a $30 monthly pass. The CitiBus service does participate in a bus-and-bike program, so residents who wish to bike and bus to work can load their bikes and travel with ease.
The cities sit next to Interstate 80, making travel outside the area easy and convenient. If commuting by car, numerous downtown parking spaces and parking lots can be found. Parking is made even easier with the purchase of a universal/day parking permit that allows drivers to park in the ramps or on the street for the same monthly fee.
Visitors and residents alike can rent a bike through Credit Island Adventure Rentals and enjoy the numerous biking trails around town, including the American Discovery Trail and the Mississippi River Trail. Ride-sharing businesses such as Lyft and Uber currently do not have service in the Quad City area, but several taxi services provide residents ample options for traveling within town.
Living in Davenport or Bettendorf is affordable compared to the rest of the United States, as the cost of living overall runs 13 percent lower than the rest of the nation. The average rental cost for a one-bedroom
apartment is $800 per month, and a gallon of gas averages 1 percent less than the national average. The price for a pint of beer won’t break the bank, as this averages $3 to $4 depending on the bar and brand of beer. Getting downtown from anywhere in Davenport or Bettendorf is affordable too, as a one-way bus pass costs just $1.
Residents and visitors can find plenty of shops and eateries at NorthPark Mall in Davenport. The mall features national retailers such as Gymboree, Dillard’s and Sears, as well as Kay Jewelers, Victoria’s Secret and Yankee Candle. When shoppers get hungry, they can choose from Olive Garden, Subway, Taco Johns and local favorite Whitey’s Ice Cream.
Downtown Davenport has plenty of shops to make an all-day shopping trip worthwhile. Abernathy’s houses something for everyone, including unique vintage clothing, upscale furnishings and handmade jewelry.
L&D 15 offers men’s and women’s fashion in a different way from other local retailers. Designer Lopeti Etu and artist/designer David Balluff showcase their own fashions, as well as pieces from national and international artists and jewelry designers.
Items from Haiti, South America and Africa can be found at SIS International Shop in Davenport. Most of the shop’s merchandise is handcrafted by artisans from around the world, guaranteeing shoppers can find something unique.
Located along the scenic waterfront, Freight House Farmers Market offers local produce, homemade breads and cookies as well as artisan soaps, candles and speciality dog treats. The market runs year-round every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesday afternoons from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
For everything else on the grocery list, residents have plenty of choices of stores, including Hy-Vee, Aldi and Save-A-Lot Food Store.
Residents and visitors enjoy the beautiful green spaces and recreational areas in Davenport and Bettendorf. For residents with pets,
CM Academy of Dog Training provides a private park for dogs and their owners to enjoy. Located just outside Davenport, membership is required, and dogs are prescreened. The park-like setting provides agility equipment for pets to enjoy, and the park has plenty of shaded areas.
Centennial Park also has an off-leash dog area as well as access to the Riverfront Trail. Kids enjoy the playground, skate park and basketball courts, and boaters can access the river from the park’s boat ramp.
In Bettendorf, Crow Creek Park features a cross-country trail, picnic shelters and soccer fields as well as an off-leash dog area. Residents can participate in league softball and baseball games during the summer or play hockey in the park’s facility.