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Overview

Introduction to Silvis, Illinois

Silvis, Illinois, in Rock Island county, is 8 miles E of Davenport, Iowa (center to center) and 144 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Davenport - Moline - Rock Island metropolitan area.

Silvis History

Silvis is a city in Rock Island County, which was founded in 1831. The county was named after Mississippi River’s island and was initially a part of Jo Daviess County. Silvis, which was once known as Pleasant Valley, is famous for 'Hero Street,' which has around twenty-five homes. Since World War II, more than a hundred residents have enlisted in the army from Hero Street. The city was named in honor of Richard Shippen Silvis.

Silvis and Nearby Attractions

  • Rock Island Arsenal Museum
  • Scott County Park
  • Bishop Hill State Historic Site
  • Bickelhaupt Arboretum
  • Wildcat Den State Park
  • Bishop Hill Heritage Museum

Things To Do In Silvis

Silvis offers numerous recreational opportunities. Putnam Museum of History & Natural Science, Figge Art Museum, and Bishop Hill Heritage Museum are all located near the city. Parks in Silvis like Friendship Park, Seventeenth Street Park, Railway Park and Gazebo, Silvis Heights Park, Phipps Prairie Park, and Hero Street Park provide opportunities for recreation and have nature trails, picnic areas, playgrounds, and grills.

Silvis Transportation

Air transportation is available from Quad City International Airport.

Silvis Higher Education

Colleges close to Silvis include Saint Ambrose University, Black Hawk College, and Eastern Iowa Community College District.

People

Total Population 7,522
Male Share of the Population 47%
Female Share of the Population 53%
Senior Citizens 16.1%
Employed Population 16+ 3,283
Age of the Population 39

Families

% of people married 46.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $57,188
% Above Poverty Level 86.7%
% Below Poverty Level 13.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 1.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.4%
% Using Public Transportation 2.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 35.4%
Median Gross Rent $629
Median House Value $118,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 28.9%
US/American 0%
English 7%
Irish 12.9%

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

Silvis Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles E of Davenport, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 144 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Rock Island
Metro Area Davenport - Moline - Rock Island
Standard Zip Codes 61282
Phone Area Codes 309
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.512
Longitude -90.415

Silvis Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station LE CLAIRE L & D 14
Distance 3.8 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
Station GENESEO
Distance 14.4 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 29 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 66 to 86 F
Oct Temp 43 to 63 F
Annual Precip 37.4 inches
Station GALVA
Distance 30.2 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 29 F
Apr Temp 39 to 61 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 42 to 64 F
Annual Precip 37.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Carbon Cliff 2,076 $48,875
Coal Valley 3,784 $81,042
Colona 4,918 $66,250
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/.

Silvis Public Libraries

Library
Silvis P.l.
105 8TH STREET
Silvis, Illinois
(309) 755-3393
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Silvis Hospitals

GENESIS MEDICAL CENTER ILLINI CAMPUS
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
801 ILLINI DRIVE
(309) 792-9363
Emergency Service: Yes

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