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      Davenport, IA

      Davenport is one of the smaller cities in Scott County, Iowa. You'll experience a suburban feeling whether you're visiting or moving to the city. Most of the homes in the city are owned, but there are quite a few apartment complexes close to the downtown area that offer rentals. There is an abundance of activities for residents and guests to enjoy with more parks and restaurants in the area than shopping centers. Home values and rental amounts are less than the national average and usually lower than surrounding cities and counties. There is a nice balance of age groups living in Davenport as well as economic backgrounds. When you visit Davenport, you'll usually feel right at home as everyone tries to make others feel welcome at every turn.

      Not only is Davenport one of the most diverse cities in the county, but it's also the county seat. This means that you'll find more offices and businesses in the city compared to other areas. However, that doesn't' take away from the feeling of community that is displayed. The Vander Veer Botanical Garden is a historical attraction that is located in the city as well as several other exhibits that offer details about the history of Davenport and the state. Many of the neighborhoods have been in Davenport since the 1840s when settlers from Germany first arrived in Iowa. The German background can still be felt in the West Third Street area.

      Since Davenport is located along the border of Illinois and Iowa, you'll have easy access to several major cities in both states. Some of the cities you can travel to in just a few hours include Chicago and Des Moines. In the city, public transportation is available as well as several taxi services. Bikes are common in Davenport due to the high number of parks in the city.

      While you're in Davenport, you'll experience a few different types of weather during the year. The summer months tend to get very humid with high temperatures. In the winter, you'll usually see at least a few inches of snow with an average snowfall total of 30 inches. There is also a lot of wind that blows through in the winter months and freezing temperatures. You'll usually see a balance of sunny and cloudy days in the city.

      Although retail is a popular career for many residents who live in Davenport, manufacturing is at the top of the list of jobs available. Lee Enterprise and Von Maur employee the largest number of people in the city. Festivals in the city keep residents and visitors busy when they aren't working. Bix Fest is the most popular and features three days of music. Landmarks that you can visit in Davenport include the Centennial Bridge and the German American Heritage Center.

      Top Rated Schools in Davenport

      Name Grades Students Proficiency
      Harrison Elementary SchoolKG - 553081%
      Eisenhower Elementary SchoolKG - 545272%
      Adams Elementary SchoolKG - 555566%
      Sudlow Intermediate6 - 884464%
      Hayes Elementary SchoolPK - 534762%
      Mckinley Elementary SchoolKG - 537562%
      Central High School9 - 121,41462%
      Jackson Elementary SchoolKG - 533960%
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      Unsafe City, stay away.

      Not the place to be. High crime, robbery, road rage a daily occurrence here. Very unfriendly drivers in this town. Very few who follow traffic laws. People just not very nice here. We are been to Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, Dallas, New York, Nashville, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, etc. And this city is by far the worst we been to. Des Moines is far better and much more friendly city. We live in Fort Madison for years and find that a much better place to live also. But the State taxes are also very high. Up to 9 percent, maybe that's what makes everybody unset??
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      Davenport, IA - Perfection on the Mississippi River

      My husband and I stayed at the Clarion Hotel in Davenport during the month of July in 2009. The hotel was clean, reasonably priced, and conveniently located near the interstate. The staff was great about answering our questions about what attractions to see and things to do in Davenport.

      We watched the sun set during a dinner cruise along this Mississippi River. We spent several hours at the Rhythm City Casino. Luckily, I didn't lose all of our savings at the Blackjack table. We actually left the casino with a few dollars more than we started with. It wasn't enough to write home about, but a win is always better than a loss! For dinner, I'd recommend Antonella's Trattoria Ristorante & Pizzaria's Chicago-style stuffed pizza. They also had a fantastic selection of Italian wines.

      We had fun in Davenport. There were so many things to do and see in the area that it was a little difficult deciding what to do (except for the casino!). We heard good things about the Vander Veer Botanical Garden and Putnam Museum. If we go back to Davenport, those are definitely on our to do list!
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      Source: The Davenport, IA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).