Introduction to Bettendorf, Iowa

Bettendorf is situated near the Mississippi River in Scott County. It's part of the Quad Cities which include Davenport and the Illinois cities of Rock Island and Moline.

Bettendorf History

Bettendorf, which was originally a part of the Black Hawk Purchase of 1832, was purchased from the Sac and Fox Indians. The Germans were amongst the first white settlers and they established the villages of Lillienthal and Gilbert. The two villages were later combined to form the city of Gilbert. Joseph and William Bettendorf were given land in Gilbert around 1900 for their iron wagon business. In 1903, when the city was incorporated, its name was changed to Bettendorf to honor the Bettendorf brothers whose factory had contributed to the initial development of the city. The setting up of the Aluminum Company of America (A.L.C.O.A.) around the 1940s led to the growth of the city.

Bettendorf and Nearby Attractions

  • Family Museum of Art and Science
  • Bickelhaupt Arboretum
  • Wildcat Den State Park
  • Bishop Hill State Historic Site
  • Black Hawk
  • Scott County Park

Things To Do In Bettendorf

Interesting artifacts and memorabilia are displayed at Bishop Hill Heritage Museum, Figge Art Museum, Putnam Museum of History & Natural Science, and the Rock Island Arsenal Museum. The Putnam Museum of History and Natural Science has exhibits on prairies, mammals, Iowa history, and rivers. Visitors can also explore the historic sites of Black Hawk and Bishop Hill State. The Wildcat Den State Park has camping and picnicking areas, as well as hiking trails. Opportunities to play golf are available at the Sunrise Golf Course , the Duck Creek Golf Course, and the Palmer Hills Golf Course. Some of the local shopping centers are Duck Creek Plaza Shopping Center and the Cumberland Square Shopping Center.

Bettendorf Transportation

The closest major airport is the Quad City International Airport.

Bettendorf Higher Education

The closest colleges to Bettendorf include Black Hawk College, Saint Ambrose University, Eastern Iowa Community College District and Augustana College.


Total Population 34,663
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 15.2%
Employed Population 16+ 16,723
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 60.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 48.7%
Median Earnings25+ $48,303
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $34,095
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,495


Median Family Income $94,968
% Above Poverty Level 94.5%
% Below Poverty Level 5.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 3.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 28.3%
Median Gross Rent $814
Median House Value $182,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.8%
US/American 0%
English 10.3%
Irish 17.5%

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

Bettendorf Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles E of Davenport, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 149 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Scott
Metro Area Davenport - Moline - Rock Island
Standard Zip Codes 52722
Phone Area Codes 563
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.524
Longitude -90.515

Bettendorf 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 2.7 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 4 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 6.7 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Bettendorf, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Panarama Park (52722)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Buffalo 1,217 $51,250
Davenport 101,863 $60,226
Eldridge 6,017 $73,750
Le Claire 3,888 $87,450
Long Grove 894 $94,531

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

Bettendorf Public Libraries

Bettendorf Public Library Information Center
Bettendorf, Iowa
(563) 344-4175
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Bettendorf Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(563) 742-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Bettendorf High Schools

3333 18TH STREET
Serves 1,457 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.6

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