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Bettendorf, Iowa

Bettendorf, Iowa
Top: Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center, Bettendorf House, Middle: I-74 Bridge, Bottom: The Abbey Center, The Family Museum.
Top: Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center, Bettendorf House, Middle: I-74 Bridge, Bottom: The Abbey Center, The Family Museum.
Location in the State of Iowa
Location in the State of Iowa
Country United States
State  Iowa
County Scott
Incorporated 1903
 • Type Mayor-council government
 • Mayor Bob Gallagher[1]
 • Senate
 • House
 • U.S. Congress David Loebsack (D)
 • City 22.36 sq mi (57.91 km2)
 • Land 21.22 sq mi (54.96 km2)
 • Water 1.14 sq mi (2.95 km2)
Elevation 571 ft (174 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • City 33,217
 • Estimate (2013[4]) 34,707
 • Rank 15th in Iowa
 • Density 1,565.4/sq mi (604.4/km2)
 • Metro 382,630(135th)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 52722
Area code(s) 563
FIPS code 19-06355
Interstates I-74, I-80

Bettendorf is a city in Scott County, Iowa, United States. Bettendorf is the fifteenth largest city in the U.S. state of Iowa and the fourth largest city in the "Quad Cities". As of the 2010 United States Census the population grew to 33,217.[5] Bettendorf is one of the Quad Cities, along with neighboring Davenport and the Illinois cities of Moline, East Moline and Rock Island. The Quad Cities has a population estimate of 382,630.[6] In 2011, Bettendorf was named America's 95th Best Town by CNNMoney.[7]


Bettendorf lies in the original Wisconsin Territory, which the United States bought from the Sac and Fox Indians after defeating them in the Black Hawk War. The territory was ceded in the Black Hawk Purchase of 1832. The first European-American settlers established a village which they called Lillienthal, after an early tavern and dance hall. The village of Gilbert developed alongside Lillienthal in 1858, honoring Elias Gilbert, who platted the original site. At that time, the residents were predominantly German immigrants and worked as farmers, skilled laborers, and small business owners. The two villages eventually combined to become the town of Gilbert.

Circa 1900, the town gave William and Joseph Bettendorf 70 acres (280,000 m2) of riverfront land on the condition that they move their iron wagon business from Davenport to Gilbert. In 1903, the town of 440 citizens petitioned for incorporation, requesting to change the town's name to honor the brothers whose factory was a major economic influence in the early development of the city.

In the late 1940s, Aluminum Company of America (A.L.C.O.A.) chose Riverdale, a site adjacent to Bettendorf, for construction of the world's largest aluminum mill. The huge mill, and the attendant developments from it, created thousands of jobs and greatly increased growth in Bettendorf's population, which has continued to the present day.

The first modern-day riverboat casinos in the United States were launched in Bettendorf on April 1, 1991 by local businessman Bernard Goldstein. He went on to found the Isle of Capri Casinos. Goldstein and his family members also operate Alter Companies, which is a scrap metal, barge and towboat company operating on the river waterfront.[8] The Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center opened by the casino and hotel in 2009.[9] It is owned by the city and operated by the Isle of Capri.

Beginning in 2012, a good portion of downtown Bettendorf's buildings are being torn down to make way for the new I-74 Bridge project, expected to begin construction in 2018.


Bettendorf is located at (41.550044, −90.493679).[10]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 22.36 square miles (57.91 km2), of which, 21.22 square miles (54.96 km2) is land and 1.14 square miles (2.95 km2) is water.[2]


Climate data for Bettendorf
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 63
Average high °F (°C) 29
Average low °F (°C) 13
Record low °F (°C) −23
Precipitation inches (mm) 1.13
Source: [11]


2010 census

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 33,217 people, 13,681 households, and 9,225 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,565.4 inhabitants per square mile (604.4/km2). There were 14,437 housing units at an average density of 680.3 per square mile (262.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.9% White, 2.2% African American, 0.2% Native American, 3.1% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.7% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.6% of the population.

There were 13,681 households of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.7% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.6% were non-families. 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.97.

The median age in the city was 40.7 years. 25.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.6% were from 25 to 44; 29.2% were from 45 to 64; and 14.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.6% male and 51.4% female.

2000 census

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 31,275 people, 12,474 households, and 8,719 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,472.8 people per square mile (568.5/km²). There were 13,044 housing units at an average density of 614.3 per square mile (237.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.01% White, 1.58% African American, 0.21% Native American, 1.42% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.68% from other races, and 1.08% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.47% of the population.

There were 12,474 households, of which 34.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.5% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.1% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.01.

Age spread: 26.2% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 26.6% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 94.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $54,217, and the median income for a family was $66,620. Males had a median income of $48,524 versus $28,564 for females. The per capita income for the city was $28,053. About 3.3% of families and 4.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.3% of those under age 18 and 4.9% of those age 65 or over.

Top employers

According to the City's 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[13] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Alcoa 1,900
2 Isle of Capri Casinos 598
3 Bettendorf Community School District 594
4 Pleasant Valley School District 435
5 Eastern Iowa Community College District 402
6 Hy-Vee 375
7 Genesis Health System 315
8 City of Bettendorf 313
9 Sivyer Steel 309
10 Trinity Bettendorf 255
11 Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency 222
12 Schebler 156
13 The Lodge Hotel and Conference Center 76


Bettendorf's city hall, police station,
and one of its fire departments.

Bettendorf has a mayor and city council form of government with seven city council members. Two council members are elected at-large, while the other five are elected by each of the city's five wards.


Bettendorf School District

The Bettendorf School District covers most areas of central, northern and western Bettendorf. Elementary students are assigned to one of six elementary schools: named in honor of Neil Armstrong, Herbert Hoover, Thomas Jefferson, Paul Norton, Mark Twain and Grant Wood. The district also has a middle and high school. The Neil Armstrong School, most recently built, is the only one in the district to operate on a "balanced calendar" of year-round, full-time use. A seven-member board of education represents district residents; they meet on the first and third Monday of each month at the Ray Stensvad Administration Center.

Pleasant Valley School District

Pleasant Valley High School
is one of the two high schools in Bettendorf.

The Pleasant Valley School District encompasses areas of eastern Bettendorf, as well as the outlying communities of Pleasant Valley, Riverdale and LeClaire. Located inside the city limits are three of the district's 5 elementary schools (Pleasant View, Riverdale Heights, and Hopewell), Pleasant Valley High School and the administrative center. Junior high students are bussed to Pleasant Valley Junior High School, on the outskirts of LeClaire, while LeClaire elementary students go to either Cody or Bridgeview Elementary Schools. Board members are elected from seven director districts, five within Bettendorf's city limits and two others serving LeClaire-area residents. The high school has 1,232 students, the junior high 501 students, and the four combined elementary schools 1,821 students. The total district has 3,454 students.[14]

Both high schools are part of the Mississippi Athletic Conference for sports.

Private schools

Also located within the city limits are Rivermont Collegiate, a nonsectarian, independent, multicultural, college-preparatory school for preschool through 12th-grade students; and Morning Star Academy, a Christian school for preschool through 12th-grade students. Rivermont Collegiate operates in the former mansion of J.W. Bettendorf, namesake of the city.

Post-secondary education

Scott Community College, part of the Eastern Iowa Community College District, is located in Bettendorf.



See also

Notable people


  1. ^ Bob Gallagher Jr. wins Bettendorf mayoral race
  2. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010".  
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  4. ^ "Population Estimates".  
  5. ^ "Iowa's Largest Cities". Quad City Times. 2011-02-10. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Population of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2011" ( 
  7. ^ Bettendorf 95th On CNN Money's Best Towns In America - News and Weather For The Quad Cities
  8. ^ "Bernard Goldstein", Gaming, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  9. ^ Heitz, David. "The Waterfront prepares to roll out the welcome mat, opens Saturday".  
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  11. ^ Monthly Averages for Bettendorf, IA (52722) –
  12. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  13. ^ City of BettendorfCAFR
  14. ^ The official website of the Pleasant Valley Community School District located in Bettendorf, Iowa, serving eastern Bettendorf, Riverdale, Panorama Park and LeClaire, Iowa. We are located near the Mississippi River in Scott, County, Iowa
  15. ^ "Bettendorf to celebrate Pat Angerer". Quad City Times. Retrieved 2010-12-14. 
  16. ^ "Angerer triumphantly returns to Q-C". Quad City Times. Retrieved 2010-12-14. 
  17. ^ Doxsie, Don (2009-04-20). "Quad-City Times". Tavian Banks' speed sets him apart. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  18. ^ Sports Pudit. Jacl Fleck. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  19. ^ Collins, David R.; et al. (2000). Bettendorf: Iowa's Exciting City. Images of America. Charleston, SC:  
  20. ^ "Welcome to Muziic". Muziic,LLC. Retrieved 2010-12-21. 
  21. ^ "Eric Christian Olsen Bio on IMDb". Retrieved 2010-12-14. 

External links

  • City of Bettendorf, Official Website
  • QCTimes – newspaper
  • – Local information
  • – Bettendorf School District
  • – Pleasant Valley School District
  • City Data Detailed Statistical Data and more about Bettendorf, Iowa

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