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The Quad City Community


Augustana College is a proud citizen of the Quad Cities, a diverse community of 400,000 residents which spans the border between Illinois and Iowa on the Mississippi River. The metro area is made up of Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa, Moline and Rock Island in Illinois, and the smaller surrounding communities.

The Mississippi is the area's defining characteristic. It is a source of economic activity and cultural vitality. It is natural wonder, both in its own right and as an attraction for the flocks of bald eagles which spend their winters here. Not surprisingly, it serves as a backdrop for a lot of community activity.

The strong, intentional effort to coordinate activities between the communities on both sides of the river led the U.S. Conference of Mayors, in 2007, to name us America's "Most Livable Small City." The Conference celebrated the region's RiverVision project as "a unique model" having the potential to create "one of the most compelling riverfronts in the nation." Additionally, Iowa's Governor, in 2007, recognized Davenport – the largest of the Quad Cities – as one of Iowa's Great Places and as the largest city to have received that honor. The award recognizes us for a range of engaging experiences, rich and diverse populations and cultures, a vibrant economy, and attractive natural and human-made environments.

Play - Learn about all the Quad Cities has to offer for recreational activities. From festivals to fine arts, there's something for everyone.

Area Map - Get to know the area

Schools - The Quad Cities offers a variety of high-quality public and private schools.

Spouse/Partner Jobs - We know finding a rewarding position for others in your household is an important consideration when making your own career decisions.

Finding a Home - It's a buyer's market, and the Quad Cities offers a lot of choices in both new and established neighborhoods.

Get a glimpse at life in the Quad Cities with the video "The Quad Cities—Home Along the River" presented by the Illinois Quad City Chamber of Commerce.


Michael Zemek, Associate Professor of Music


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