Introduction to Moline, Illinois

Moline is located along a peninsula created by the convergence of the Mississippi and Rock rivers in Rock Island County. Moline is part of the Quad Cities which also includes Rock Island and the Iowa cities, Bettendorf and Davenport. The city is home to the corporate headquarters of the notable John Deere and Company.


The Sac Fox Indians were the original inhabitants. The white settlers arrived in the early 1800's. Serious problems with the new settlers and the Indians led to Chief Black Hawk declaring war with the United States in 1832. After the defeat of the Indians in the Black Hawk War, the tribe was forced out of the region which provided the opportunity for a large number of settlers to reside in the Mississippi Valley.

The dam constructed by David B. Sears in 1841 brought a large number of mills and businesses to the area due to the water power produced by the dam. John Deere relocated his steel plow manufacturing business to the city. The name Moline translates into French as "city of mills." The town was a factor in the early days of the automobile industry with companies such as Moline Automobile, Velie Motors Corporation and Moline Wagon Company.

Attractions and Culture

The John Deere Commons is a popular tourist destination, which is comprised of a variety of venues. The John Deere Pavilion includes a notable agricultural museum. The John Deere Collector's Center showcases a large number of antique tractors and other types of farm equipment. The homes of the Deere family are included in the Commons. The Deere-Wiman House and the Butterworth Center are impressive mansions which offer private tours. There are numerous other attractions in the city including:

  • River Music Experience
  • Putnam Museum
  • Bettendorf Family Museum of Arts and Science
  • Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra
  • Playcrafters Barn Theater
  • Figge Art Museum
  • John O'Donnell Stadium
  • The Wharton Field House is home to a variety of sports events
  • Quad City Music Guild
  • The Quad City Steamwheelers play arena football games
  • Quad City Flames play hockey


The Downtown Moline Center, situated along the historic riverfront is a primary location for restaurants, nightlife, entertainment and opportunities for shopping. The large i Wireless Center features well known performers. Moline is home to noteworthy events such as the Greek Fest, Viva Quad Cities, Quad City Marathon, Lighting of the Commons and Race for the Cure. The Plaza at Bass Street is popular for outdoor events and entertainment.

The Ben Butterworth Parkway offers bicycle riders and pedestrians scenic views of the Mississippi River. The water taxis provide transportation to the shores of Iowa and Illinois. Visitors enjoy sight seeing cruises along the Mississippi River. Several Riverboat casinos are located in nearby cities. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy the quality golf courses including the TPC at Deer Run which is home to the PGA event, the John Deere Classic.

Higher Education

Moline is home to Black Hawk College and a campus of Western Illinois University.


Total Population 43,062
Male Share of the Population 49.2%
Female Share of the Population 50.8%
Senior Citizens 16.4%
Employed Population 16+ 20,399
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 49.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 25.6%
Median Earnings25+ $32,366
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,603
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,935


Median Family Income $61,550
% Above Poverty Level 88.5%
% Below Poverty Level 11.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation 1.5%


People Living Alone 35.1%
Median Gross Rent $691
Median House Value $112,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 28.4%
US/American 0%
English 11.6%
Irish 13.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Moline Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles E of Davenport, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 150 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Rock Island
Metro Area Davenport - Moline - Rock Island
Standard Zip Codes 61265
P.O. Box Zip Codes 61266
Phone Area Codes 309
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.506
Longitude -90.515

Moline Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station ROCK ISLAND L&D 15
Distance 2.8 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 30 F
Apr Temp 41 to 61 F
Jul Temp 68 to 85 F
Oct Temp 45 to 65 F
Annual Precip 35.1 inches
Distance 2.8 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 30 F
Apr Temp 39 to 62 F
Jul Temp 65 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 64 F
Annual Precip 38 inches
Station LE CLAIRE L & D 14
Distance 7.3 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 29 F
Apr Temp 41 to 60 F
Jul Temp 67 to 85 F
Oct Temp 45 to 64 F
Annual Precip 34.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Coal Valley 3,784 $81,042
East Moline 21,422 $53,943
Hampton 1,942 $77,788

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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