1. First Things First: The Name Is A Misnomer
The Quad Cities region encompasses five cities total: Bettendorf, Davenport, Moline, East Moline and Rock Island. The name originates from a time before Bettendorf was considered its own city, and the name“Quint Cities” never quite took.
2. Each City Has Its Own Personality
Davenport is the largest, and is home to lively riverfront downtown area. Bettendorf has a family-friendly vibe and is mostly residential. The Moline area is a civic and retail hub and closely tied to John Deere. Rock Island is home to Rock Island Arsenal, the largest government-owned weapons manufacturing arsenal in the United States, and is known for The District—its hopping entertainment neighborhood.
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