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Bettendorf, Iowa
Top: Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center, Bettendorf House, Middle: I-74 Bridge, Bottom: The Abbey Center, The Family Museum.
A Premier City
Location in the State of Iowa
Location in the State of Iowa
Bettendorf, Iowa is located in the United States
Bettendorf, Iowa
Bettendorf, Iowa
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State Iowa
County Scott
Incorporated 1903
 • Type Mayor-council government
 • Total 22.43 sq mi (58.09 km2)
 • Land 21.30 sq mi (55.17 km2)
 • Water 1.13 sq mi (2.92 km2)
571 ft (174 m)
 • Total 39,102
 • Rank 15th in Iowa
 • Density 1,835.60/sq mi (708.75/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 563
FIPS code 19-06355
Interstates I-74 (IA 1957).svg I-80 (IA).svg

Bettendorf is a city in Scott County, Iowa, United States. It is the 15th largest city of Iowa and the third-largest city in the "Quad Cities". It is part of the DavenportMolineRock Island, IA-IL Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 39,102 at the 2020 U.S. Census.

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 have a population estimate of 382,630.


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 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 in honor of 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, an enclave of 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. The Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center opened by the casino and hotel in 2009. 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°33′0″N 90°29′37″W / 41.55000°N 90.49361°W / 41.55000; -90.49361 (41.550044, −90.493679).

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.


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
Average precipitation inches (mm) 1.13


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 909
1920 2,178 139.6%
1930 2,768 27.1%
1940 3,143 13.5%
1950 5,132 63.3%
1960 11,534 124.7%
1970 22,126 91.8%
1980 27,381 23.8%
1990 28,139 2.8%
2000 31,275 11.1%
2010 33,217 6.2%
2020 39,102 17.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
The population of Bettendorf, Iowa from US census data

As of the 2010 census 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.


See also
  • Mississippi Athletic Conference for high school sports.


Bettendorf is home to two school districts. The Bettendorf Community School District and the Pleasant Valley Community School District are both located in Bettendorf.

Bettendorf School District

The Bettendorf Community School District covers most areas of central, northern and western Bettendorf. Elementary students are assigned to one of five elementary schools: named in honor of Neil Armstrong, Herbert Hoover, Paul Norton, Mark Twain and Grant Wood. The district also has a middle and high school. The Neil Armstrong School 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.

Pleasant Valley School District

Pleasant Valley High School in Bettendorf, Iowa
Pleasant Valley High School
is in nearby Riverdale and serves Bettendorf.

The Pleasant Valley Community 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 four of the district's six elementary schools (Pleasant View, Riverdale Heights, Hopewell and Forest Grove), while Pleasant Valley High School and the administrative center are in nearby Riverdale. Junior high students attend 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.

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; Lourdes Catholic School, a Roman Catholic school for preschool through 8th-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 Riverdale, but is commonly referred to as being located in Bettendorf. Two private colleges are also located in Bettendorf: Upper Iowa University a private university based in Fayette, Iowa, operates its Quad Cities Center in Bettendorf near the Davenport border; the Quad Cities Campus of Brown Mackie College, a for-profit college based in Salina, Kansas, is located nearby.


The Bettendorf, Pleasant Valley, and North Scott school districts operate a consortium alternative high school, Edison Academy, in downtown Bettendorf. The Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency, one of nine such agencies in the state of Iowa, operates a Learning Center in the former Bettendorf High School building in central Bettendorf, offering professional development and continuing education services for educators, as well as driver education and home school testing services for students.

Notable people

  • Chris Anthony, arena football player
  • Pat Angerer, linebacker, drafted in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts
  • Tavian Banks, (born 1974) NFL player, Big Ten Conference player of the year, first-team All-American
  • Scott Beck, filmmaker, writer/producer of A Quiet Place
  • Jack Fleck, (1921–2014) golfer who won the 1955 U.S. Open.
  • Michael Grumley, (1942–1988) writer
  • Hazel Keener, actress
  • Mark Kerr, (born 1968) Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter and subject of the HBO documentary entitled The Smashing Machine,
  • Robbie Lawler, (born 1982) former Ultimate Fighting Championship Welterweight champion
  • Rory Markham, mixed martial artist
  • Drew McFedries, mixed martial artist
  • Pat Miletich, mixed martial artist and trainer, first Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight Champion in 1998
  • Eric Christian Olsen, (born 1977) actor, NCIS: Los Angeles, Dumb and Dumberer 2
  • Robert Smallwood, writer
  • Tim Sylvia, (born 1976) former Ultimate Fighting Championship Heavyweight champion
  • Bryan Woods, filmmaker, writer/producer of A Quiet Place
  • Yung Skeeter, American DJ, producer, director, manager, and recording artist

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