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Bettendorf, Iowa
City
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
Area
 • 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
 • Estimate (2015) 35,505
 • Rank 15th in Iowa
 • Density 1,636/sq mi (631/km2)
 • Metro 383,681(136th)
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
Website http://www.bettendorf.org/

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". It is part of the Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 33,217 at the 2010 census, and was estimated to be 35,505 by July 2015. 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. In 2011, Bettendorf was named America's 95th Best Town by CNNMoney.

History

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.

Geography

Bettendorf is located at 41°33′0″N 90°29′37″W / 41.55°N 90.49361°W / 41.55; -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

Climate data for Bettendorf
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 63
(17.2)
68
(20)
83
(28.3)
88
(31.1)
93
(33.9)
100
(37.8)
102
(38.9)
103
(39.4)
97
(36.1)
90
(32.2)
78
(25.6)
69
(20.6)
103
(39.4)
Average high °F (°C) 29
(-1.7)
35
(1.7)
47
(8.3)
60
(15.6)
72
(22.2)
82
(27.8)
85
(29.4)
83
(28.3)
76
(24.4)
64
(17.8)
47
(8.3)
34
(1.1)
59.5
(15.28)
Average low °F (°C) 13
(-10.6)
19
(-7.2)
30
(-1.1)
41
(5)
53
(11.7)
62
(16.7)
65
(18.3)
66
(18.9)
57
(13.9)
45
(7.2)
32
(0)
20
(-6.7)
41.9
(5.51)
Record low °F (°C) −23
(-30.6)
−28
(-33.3)
−14
(-25.6)
11
(-11.7)
28
(-2.2)
42
(5.6)
48
(8.9)
43
(6.1)
32
(0)
18
(-7.8)
−4
(-20)
−21
(-29.4)
−28
(-33.3)
Precipitation inches (mm) 1.13
(28.7)
1.28
(32.5)
2.37
(60.2)
3.21
(81.5)
3.76
(95.5)
4.71
(119.6)
3.51
(89.2)
4.31
(109.5)
2.96
(75.2)
2.46
(62.5)
2.39
(60.7)
2.02
(51.3)
34.11
(866.4)

Demographics

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%
Est. 2015 35,505 6.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

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.

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