Introduction to Muscatine, Iowa

Muscatine, Iowa, in Muscatine county, is 25 miles W of Davenport, Iowa (center to center) and 178 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. As of the year 2000 census, 22,697 people resided in Muscatine.

Muscatine History

Muscatine is the county seat of Muscatine County. The city was founded as a trading post in 1833. It was incorporated in 1839. Earlier it was called Bloomington. Later on, the city was renamed after the American tribe of Muscaoutin. A German immigrant called J.F. Boepple opened a button company in the city in 1884. The city is also known as the "Pearl Button Capital of the World". Until the American Civil War, the city had one of the largest black communities.

Muscatine and nearby Attractions

  • Pearl Button Museum
  • Muscatine Art Center
  • Wildcat Den State Park
  • Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum
  • Toolesboro Mounds

Things To Do In Muscatine

You can visit the Pearl Button Museum. There a number of parks in the city including the Lincolnshire Park, Longview Park, and the Fairport Recreation Area. One can enjoy shopping at the Muscatine Mall. Some of the local houses of worship include the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the Our Saviors Lutheran Church. Those interested in books can visit the Musser Public Library. The city hosts the Heritage Day and Buckskinners Rendezvous every year in the month of September.

Muscatine Transportation

Quad City International Airport provides air transportation facility.

Muscatine Higher Education

The Augustana College, Saint Ambrose University, Black Hawk College, University of Iowa, and other colleges and universities offer higher educational facilities.


Total Population 23,888
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 15%
Employed Population 16+ 11,042
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 50.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.1%
Median Earnings25+ $31,791
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,637
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,952


Median Family Income $55,248
% Above Poverty Level 85.3%
% Below Poverty Level 14.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 29.1%
Median Gross Rent $762
Median House Value $108,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 26.7%
US/American 0%
English 8.3%
Irish 11.4%

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

Muscatine Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 25 miles W of Davenport, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 178 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Muscatine
Standard Zip Codes 52761
Phone Area Codes 563
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.424
Longitude -91.043

Muscatine Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 2.1 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 31 F
Apr Temp 40 to 63 F
Jul Temp 66 to 86 F
Oct Temp 43 to 65 F
Annual Precip 36.9 inches
Station ROCK ISLAND L&D 15
Distance 25.5 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
Station TIPTON 4 NE
Distance 27.2 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 27 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 63 F
Annual Precip 36.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Atalissa 327 $73,958
Durant 1,983 $66,667
Fruitland 1,281 $82,174
Grandview 512 $45,750
Letts 407 $53,750

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

Muscatine Public Libraries

Musser Public Library
Muscatine, Iowa
(563) 263-3068
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Muscatine Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(563) 264-9100
Emergency Service: Yes

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