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Things You Should Know Before Moving to Davenport, IA

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Located on the Mississippi River in eastern Iowa, Davenport is the county seat of Scott County and also the third largest city in the state of Iowa. Davenport is a part of the Quad Cities, the designation given to five cities in Iowa and Illinois, including Bettendorf (IA), Rock Island (IL), Moline (IL) and East Moline (IL). Davenport is home to "The Vander Veer Botanical Garden," which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A world leader in the production of farm equipment, Davenport is also home to the permanent exhibit "River, Prairie and People" which illustrates the history of the Quad Cities from prehistoric times to the present.

Its location on the border between Iowa and Illinois and directly in between the major cities of Des Moines and Chicago, makes Davenport an ideal spot for commerce and industry, and has also contributed to the city's steady population growth that it has seen over the last few decades.

This guide will provide you with some helpful tips and information on just about everything you need to know if you're going to be making the move to Davenport. From the city's neighborhoods and school systems to the employment options and recreational activities available within the city, you'll find it all in this guide so that you can go into your move with the knowledge that is needed to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible.

Davenport Climate

A humid continental climate with hot and humid summers and cold winters with high winds and snow is found in Davenport and extensively throughout the state of Iowa. Temperatures in Davenport vary widely during the year. The annual average temperature recorded is 49 F. The state averages around 166 days of full sunshine and 199 cloudy or partly cloudy days each year.

The statewide snowfall average is around 30 inches (76 cm) annually, and the relative humidity averages 72 percent. In the central part of the state the normal daily maximum temperature recorded is 86 F (30 C) in July and the lowest temperature recorded is 10 F in January. The annual precipitation of the state is averaged of 34.7-inches (88 cm).

Davenport Neighborhoods

The city of Davenport is divided into five separate areas: Downtown, Central, East End, Near North, and the Northwest and West End. These neighborhoods have existed since the 1840s and many of the original neighborhoods in the city were founded and first inhabited by German settlers. The Downtown area is the economic and commercial hub for the city, although part of the west side of the Downtown area has begun shifting from commercial property to more residential buildings recently.

Several different neighborhoods make up Central Davenport, including the West Third Street neighborhood, which has a heavy German influence, as well as Hamburg, Cork Hill, East Fourteenth Street, and College Square, a neighborhood that dates all the way back to 1860 and features many different architectural styles.

Some of the neighborhoods in East Davenport include The Village, Prospect Park and McClellan Heights, with houses and mansions built prior to World War I. Some of the Near North neighborhoods are Oak Lane and Vander Veer Park, which surrounds the Vander Veer Botanical Park, one of Davenport's most popular attractions. The park was originally named Central Park after the world famous park of the same name in New York City, but was later renamed Vander Veer Park.

Living Costs in the City

Davenport was recently ranked as one of the most affordable metropolitan areas in the country by Forbes in 2010 and along with one of the other Quad Cities, Rock Island, won the City Livability Award in the small city category in 2007, an award handed out by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation, for many reasons, among them the low cost of living and the accessibility to many jobs and nearby cities like Chicago and Des Moines.

The cost of living is fairly low in Davenport, compared to other major cities, and the median family income is $56,109, well below the national average, and even below many other similar moderately sized Midwestern cities. In addition, the median home price is $106,500, making it rather easy to find an affordable home in the area.

Registering Your Car

Upon your arrival in Iowa after moving to the state permanently, you have a total of 30 days to update your registration and have your vehicle registered in the state before you may be required to pay a penalty. The two documents required for registering your vehicle are the current ownership document and a completed application for an Iowa certificate of title.

An Iowa Driver's License can be obtained at any Iowa DMV location. The state requires new Iowa residents to update their license from their previous state to an Iowa driver's license. To apply for a new driver's license in the state of Iowa, you must present proof of identity and you must also pass a vision test as well.

Davenport Moving Resources

Moving and storage companies are ready and willing to help you with your move to Davenport, whether you're moving from out of state or from another county in Iowa. Make sure you get estimates from multiple moving services before you commit to hiring any (at least three estimates). Check back to our guides for tips on how to choose your moving service wisely with important questions to ask, differentiating between types of estimates, and mistakes to avoid. Visit the following pages at Movers.com to get quotes for the following services:

Davenport Schools

Davenport Community School District is the second largest school district in the state of Iowa and serves over 17,000 students from Davenport, Bluegrass, Buffalo and Walcott. The school district contains 23 public elementary schools, six middle schools and three high schools, Davenport High School Central, Davenport High School West and Davenport High School North. There is also one private high school located in the city, Assumption High School.

Some of the leading colleges and universities in the city of Davenport are the Palmer Chiropractic College, which was the first chiropractic college in the nation, Marycrest International University, Kaplan University and St. Ambrose University.

Davenport Employment

Manufacturing is the biggest industry that currently operates in Davenport and it has created over 7,600 jobs. Davenport is the home and headquarters for a number of businesses as well. These include Von Maur and Lee Enterprise. The city is also one of the fastest growing cities in the nation in regards to jobs in the tech industry, and high-tech jobs have been popping up all over the city in the last few decades.

Some of the largest employers in the city include John Deere, which employs over 7,200 workers in the Quad Cities, Genesis Health System, Trinity Regional Health System, the Hy-Vee regional supermarket chain and the Davenport Community School District.

Davenport also has a declining unemployment rate. Davenport's job market has been growing constantly since a decline in the 1980s, due in part to the diverse economic base of the region and the city. With a job growth rate of 5.90 percent, there is a lot to be found in Davenport when it comes to the job market, although it's always a smart idea to secure employment prior to making your move.

Public Transportation

CitiBus, which operates under the supervision of the Davenport Department of Public Works, is the major public transit system in Davenport and operates a total of 20 buses that cover roughly 30 square miles of the city. The major highways are Interstate 80, 280 and 74 and U.S. Route 6, 61 and 67. Davenport Municipal Airport is the closest airport for private air travel and Quad City International Airport is the nearest commercial airport.

Culture and Contemporary Life

There are several festivals that occur annually in Davenport and draw large crowds. One of these is the Bix Fest, a three-day music festival featuring jazz bands and jazz musicians both locally and nationally. It was started in 1971 and has been held every August since then. There is also the Wells Fargo Street Fest where you can find live music, street food and various other vendors.

There are a ton of landmarks and great sites to see within the city, including the Figge Art Museum and the National Center for Midwest Art and Design for art lovers, the Davenport Skybridge and the Centennial Bridge for those who appreciate great architectural engineering, the Quad City River Bandits minor league baseball team for sports fans and plenty of historical sites like the German American Heritage Center and the Iowa Soldiers' Orphans' Home.

Moving to Davenport

Whatever your reasons for moving to Davenport, whether it be for a change of scenery or for employment, the city beckons you with its charm. The first step in the process of moving to Davenport is choosing a moving company after first checking their BBB ratings, insurance and license. The moving rates are charged by the hour if you are moving within the state boundary, while for a long distance move the charges will depend on the total weight or volume in cubic feet of your belongings. In the latter case, you can ask about a flat rate or any special discounts that are available with the mover.

Robert Moreschi  Posted by Robert Moreschi on June 3, 2013

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