10 Facts About Quad Cities


Quad Cities is a region of cities in the U S states of Iowa and Illinois: Davenport and Bettendorf in southeastern Iowa, and Rock Island, Moline and East Moline in northwestern Illinois.

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Quad Cities is located at the confluence of the Rock and Mississippi rivers, approximately 140 miles west of Chicago, and forms the largest metropolitan area along the Mississippi River between Minneapolis–Saint Paul and the St Louis metropolitan area.

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The Quad Cities area is distinctive because the Mississippi River flows from east to west as it passes through the heart of the area; the Iowa cities of Davenport and Bettendorf are located due north of Rock Island and Moline, respectively.

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Quad Cities area is one where the telephone companies cooperate with regional phone calls.

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The predominant ethnicities in the Quad Cities are of northern European descent, including German, Irish, and English, as well Scandinavian and Dutch.

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Quad Cities is the 151st largest radio market in the United States.

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Quad Cities is served by the Quad Cities International Airport, Illinois' third-busiest airport, located in Moline.

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Tri-Quad Cities Blackhawks, named in honor of the Sauk war chief Black Hawk, was the next top-level professional sports franchise.

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Quad Cities has hosted minor league baseball teams since the Davenport Brown Stockings first played in 1878.

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Quad Cities Marathon has run annually in late September since 1998.

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