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 contains a population of approximately 7,269.

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.


Total Population 7,525
Male Share of the Population 48.2%
Female Share of the Population 51.8%
Senior Citizens 17.3%
Employed Population 16+ 3,439
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 48.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.8%
Median Earnings25+ $31,156
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,929
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,708


Median Family Income $53,854
% Above Poverty Level 88.5%
% Below Poverty Level 11.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home %
% Walking and Biking to Work 0%
% Using Public Transportation 2.1%


People Living Alone 36.2%
Median Gross Rent $649
Median House Value $116,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 27.3%
US/American 0%
English 7.1%
Irish 11.8%

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


  • 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
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 2,013 $46,964
Coal Valley 3,692 $81,607
Colona 5,057 $62,875
East Moline 21,294 $51,151
Hampton 2,061 $79,259

Silvis Public Libraries

Silvis P.l.
Silvis, Illinois
(309) 755-3393
Library Web Site

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Silvis Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(309) 792-9363
Emergency Service: Yes

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