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Rock Island is a city in Rock Island County, in the Davenport-Moline metro area.

It is the county seat. [NOTE: This is not the only community in Illinois named Rock Island. For links to other places called Rock Island, IL, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]

The latitude of Rock Island is 41.509N. The longitude is -90.578W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 561 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 38,857.


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Median household income
Local
$34,729
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Rock Island demographic reports
Rock Island is at the confluence of the Mississippi and the Rock rivers.

one of the Quad Cities at the Iowa-Illinois border. The others are Moline, Davenport and Bettendorf.
The famous Dred Scott decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, which hastened the Civil War, centered around a black servant living here.

Arsenal here initially served as a prison for Confederate soldiers.

Public transportation: Metrolink (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Well-known residents have included:
· Joe McGinnity, baseball player
· Eddie Albert, actor
Local festivals include:
  • Big Fat Greek Festival - Sept. 21-22, 2007
Dates often change. Check Rock Island web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park
Historic sites and museums: Rock Island Arsenal, Col. George Davenport Home, Black Hawk State Historic Site
Colleges and universities: Augustana College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 71

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Neighborhoods in Rock Island include Broadway, Burgart?s Additions, Douglas Park, Eastlawn Addition, Greenbush, Highland Park, KeyStone, Longview, Stadium Drive, Watch Hill / Hill Crest ... More neighborhood info

Neighborhoods in Rock Island include Broadway, Burgart?s Additions, Douglas Park, Eastlawn Addition, Greenbush, Highland Park, KeyStone, Longview, Stadium Drive, Watch Hill / Hill Crest ... More neighborhood info

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Rock Island demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Rock Island County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Davenport-Moline area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 61284 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

22% of Rock Island residents report German ancestry, and 13% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Rock Island ancestry & family history guide.

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Economy

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Rock Island was $19,202, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

19% of Rock Island residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Fairs, festivals & other events
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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Rock Island, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $361.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $761.


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Libraries

Libraries in Rock Island include 30/31 Branch, Rock Island Public Library, Southwest Branch ... View libraries

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Media outlets

Newspapers in Rock Island include Rock Island Argus

TV stations in Rock Island include WHBF.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WVIK.

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Politics

Rock Island County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Rock Island political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Rock Island workers is 17 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 8 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Rock Island between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.0 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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