Introduction to Davenport, Iowa

Davenport is situated along the Mississippi River, in Scott County and is included in the "Quad Cities" with Bettendorf and the Illinois cities, Moline and Rock Island. The area occasionally experiences floods emanating from the Mississippi River. The various distinct neighborhoods in the city contain structures featuring Victorian, Tudor Revival and Queen Anne architecture. A significant number of German immigrants resided in many of the original neighborhoods.


During 1832 the Black Hawk War ended when a treaty was signed by General Winfield Scott and Keokuk. Antoine Le Claire was part French and part Pottawattamie Indian and acted as the translator for the peace treaty negotiations. He established the city in 1836 and named it in tribute to his friend Colonel George Davenport. The Colonel was responsible for providing supplies to Fort Armstrong and was involved in making plans for the first railroad bridge that would cross the Mississippi River. After the Civil War ended, the Iowa Soldiers Orphan's Home was established to take care of hundreds of homeless children. It later became the residence of children from broken homes as well as orphans from all the counties in the state.

During the 1920's the economy was thriving and the construction industry was flourishing. The economy experienced another boom after World War II ended. Oscar Meyer and Ralston Purina and other notable companies constructed factories in the western portion of Davenport. The severe downturn in farming which occurred in the 1980's caused a vast number of people to loose their jobs and was devastating to the economy of Davenport and the rest of the Quad Cities. The Caterpillar Plant closed down during this era.


Four bridges which cross over the Mississippi River connect Davenport with the two Illinois Quad Cities members. The Davenport Municipal Airport provides air transportation. The nearest commercial airport is the Quad City International Airport located in Moline Illinois. Local transportation is provided by Citibus.


  • German-American Jazz Event
  • The Village of East Davenport
  • The Riverfront Davenport
  • The Figge Art Museum
  • The Putnam Museum and IMAX Theater
  • Davenport Skybridge
  • River Music Experience
  • Modern Woodmen Park
  • Great Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds
  • North Park Mall
  • Credit Island
  • Mount Ida
  • Vander Veer Botanical Park
  • Great Mississippi Valley Fair
  • Riverside Festival of Fine Art
  • The Mississippi River Trail
  • American Discovery Trail

Higher Education

Davenport is home to Saint Ambrose University, Palmer Chiropractic College and Kaplan University.


Total Population 101,863
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 13.3%
Employed Population 16+ 48,041
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 44.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27.1%
Median Earnings25+ $33,612
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,836
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,214


Median Family Income $60,226
% Above Poverty Level 83.4%
% Below Poverty Level 16.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 3.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation 1.2%


People Living Alone 34.1%
Median Gross Rent $707
Median House Value $121,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 26.2%
US/American 0.1%
English 6.3%
Irish 14.6%

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

Davenport Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 153 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Scott
Metro Area Davenport - Moline - Rock Island
Standard Zip Codes 52801, 52802, 52803, 52804, 52806, 52807
P.O. Box Zip Codes 52805, 52808, 52809
Phone Area Codes 563
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.523
Longitude -90.577

Davenport 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 0.7 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 5 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 9.7 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bettendorf 34,663 $94,968
Blue Grass 1,439 $73,162
Buffalo 1,217 $51,250
Eldridge 6,017 $73,750

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

Davenport Public Libraries

Davenport Public Library
Davenport, Iowa
(563) 326-7832
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Davenport Hospitals

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(563) 421-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 2,231 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.4

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Serves 1,475 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

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Serves 1,142 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.4

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Serves 305 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.8

A Non-traditional School
Serves 5 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 2.5

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