A strong community starts with safe streets and a robust economy. That’s something the government and citizens of Davenport, Iowa know well. This friendly Midwest city is situated on the eastern edge of Iowa along the roaring Mississippi River, and serves as the county seat of Scott County.
Thanks to Davenport’s commitment to safety and its focus on ensuring citizens have access to an array of employment opportunities, Davenport residents are able to enjoy a quality of life that blends the best of its deep historical roots with modern conveniences and amenities.
Let’s take a look at how this bustling Midwest metropolis is earning a well deserved reputation as a great place to settle down.
Davenport’s Dedication to Safety
A dedication to safety runs through every Davenport government agency. From the Davenport Police Department’s philosophy of Community Oriented Policing and its development of the pioneering Volunteers In Police Service program to the city’s Do What’s Right app that allows citizens to report crimes anonymously. City Hall uses social media on a regular basis to make Davenport residents aware of important news and keep them abreast of developing city safety issues.
Davenport Means Fun!
Because locals feel safe in Davenport, they take advantage of the city’s many things to do and as a result enjoy a fabulous quality of life. And Davenport visitors are greeted with open arms and feel at ease taking advantage of the city’s incredible events, like the annual Bix 7 Road Race and Memorial Jazz Festival or visiting one of its many points of interest such as the Davenport Skybridge.
Locals and tourists of all ages can also safely explore modern Downtown Davenport. It’s the place to head to take pleasure in a street festival, an outdoor concert, or discover amazing architecture. And if you’re searching for distinctive shopping experiences, you’ll undoubtedly be impressed with Davenport’s unique boutiques, like Trash Can Annie’s Vintage Clothing.
A Strong Economy Helps Keep People Employed
Keeping people employed is also important to Davenport. In fact, downtown Davenport supports 250 businesses and if anyone is looking for work, they’ve got you covered with their great resource, the Davenport IowaWORKS Center. The Center offers citizens a range of services, including job placement, career counseling, vocational rehabilitation, labor market information and even access to an Older Worker Specialist.
Residents and newcomers who are looking to launch or relocate a business, will discover a low cost for doing business and a skilled and hardworking labor pool. Plus, the area’s variety of affordable housing is an excellent tool for recruiting employees from other areas of the country.
The Quad Cities Earns Kudos
The Quad Cities region which Davenport is part of has been honored with several impressive rankings. The Bay Area Economic Institute ranked Quad Cities 16th nationally for High-Tech Employment Growth for the years 2006-2011. It was also recognized as the 2nd Best Riverfront Along the Mississippi River in 2011 according to “Budget Travel” and in 2013, Quad Cities was named as a Top 50 Military Friendly Community, according to “G.I. Jobs” magazine. Its “G.I. Jobs” ranking was based on cost of living, the unemployment rate, the number of veteran-owned businesses, and amount of job openings at military friendly employers. Its impressive ranking put Quad Cities in the top 12.5 percent of all metro areas in the U.S. And if you’re a sports fan you’ll be glad to know that in 2013, the city’s Woodmen Park was named as the Best Minor League Ballpark by “USA Today.”
In addition to being safe and focused on the continuous development of a strong economy, Davenport, Iowa is perfectly situated to offer easy access to a handful of interstates and it’s close to more than three dozen colleges and universities.
It’s no wonder more than 100,000 proud Iowans call this American Heartland city home.
Written by Alexia Chianis
Wanderlust junky and mom of two, Alexia is a former police officer and U.S. Army Captain who draws on her experiences to write about a myriad of safety topics. Learn more