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LeClaire, Iowa
Downtown LeClaire
Downtown LeClaire
Location of LeClaire, Iowa
Location of LeClaire, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Scott
 • City 4.85 sq mi (12.57 km2)
 • Land 4.65 sq mi (12.05 km2)
 • Water 0.20 sq mi (0.52 km2)
587 ft (179 m)
 • City 4,710
 • Density 1,012.25/sq mi (390.83/km2)
 • Metro
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 563 Exchange: 289
FIPS code 19-44085
GNIS feature ID 0466067
Website Tourism: Official:

LeClaire is a city in Scott County, Iowa, United States. The population was 4,710 in 2020, a 65.4% increase from 2,847 in 2000, making it one of the fastest-growing communities in the Quad Cities. LeClaire is considered a suburb and part of the Quad Cities Metropolitan Area, which include the area of Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa, and Rock Island, Moline, and East Moline, Illinois.


The city takes its name from Antoine Le Claire, a Métis trader of First Nations-French Canadian descent, who originally owned the land. Although the city's official name is "Le Claire," it is often spelled "LeClaire," and has also been recorded as "LeClare."

The town was incorporated in 1855, having been settled by European Americans as early as the 1830s.

Le Claire is known as the site of the reality television series American Pickers, aired by the History Channel, and home to Antique Archeology, an antiques store featured on the show. It is the birthplace of William Frederick Cody, aka Buffalo Bill Cody.


Le Claire is located at 41°35′46″N 90°21′23″W / 41.59611°N 90.35639°W / 41.59611; -90.35639 (41.596233, -90.356252).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.87 square miles (12.61 km2), of which 4.67 square miles (12.10 km2) is land and 0.20 square miles (0.52 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,448
1870 1,093 −24.5%
1880 1,061 −2.9%
1890 906 −14.6%
1900 997 10.0%
1910 690 −30.8%
1920 724 4.9%
1930 691 −4.6%
1940 881 27.5%
1950 1,124 27.6%
1960 1,546 37.5%
1970 2,520 63.0%
1980 2,899 15.0%
1990 2,734 −5.7%
2000 2,847 4.1%
2010 3,765 32.2%
2020 4,710 25.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,765 people, 1,500 households, and 1,089 families living in the city. The population density was 806.2 inhabitants per square mile (311.3/km2). There were 1,602 housing units at an average density of 343.0 per square mile (132.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.2% White, 1.0% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.0% of the population.

There were 1,500 households, of which 34.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.7% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 27.4% were non-families. 21.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.92.

The median age in the city was 40 years. 24.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.7% were from 25 to 44; 29.6% were from 45 to 64; and 12% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.6% male and 49.4% female.



Tugfest is an annual three-day-long event in early August in which a rope is stretched across the Mississippi River from Le Claire, Iowa to Port Byron, Illinois. There are 10 men's teams of 20 and one woman's team of 25, that tug against each other. The team which pulls the most rope wins, and whichever state wins the most contests wins Tugfest. The event is also associated with a large fireworks display, live band, road race, carnival and food on both sides of the river.

Port Byron, the 2016 champion, holds an overall record of 19-11 in the competition.

Buffalo Bill Museum

The Buffalo Bill Museum, located on the riverfront in Le Claire, commemorates Buffalo Bill and contains memorabilia from his Wild West Show. It also displays antiques and other items of historic interest.

American Pickers

Le Claire is the home of Antique Archeology, an antique store operated by Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, who are featured on the History Channel's reality television series, American Pickers. Wolfe was also a one-time Le Claire city council member.

Bald Eagles

Le Claire offers some of the best bald eagle photography opportunities in the continental US, from December to March each year at Lock and Dam 14 on the Mississippi River. The eagles migrate along the flyway of the Mississippi River, and congregate at the lock and dam area to catch fish.


LeClaire is part of the Pleasant Valley Community School District, and is home to three of the district's schools. In-town elementary students attend Bridgeview Elementary, while students living in outlying areas are assigned to Cody Elementary. Junior high students are bussed to Pleasant Valley Junior High School (known as Blackhawk Junior High from 1970 to 2001), also on the city's outskirts. The district's four other elementary schools (Pleasant View, Riverdale Heights, Hopewell and Forest Grove), the high school, and the district's administrative offices are located in eastern Bettendorf.

LeClaire residents have one district director on Pleasant Valley's seven-member board of education. Another director serves the city's adjacent rural areas.

From early in the town's history until 1966, the LeClaire Independent School District served the educational needs of students. Students attended a brick building at 425 N. Third Street, known as Albert Gross School, which housed kindergarten through grade 12. The last LeClaire High School graduation was in 1960, after which they were tuitioned to Bettendorf. The school continued as a K-9 facility until 1966, when the district was consolidated with the Pleasant Valley School District; at that time, high school-aged students from LeClaire began attending Pleasant Valley.

Notable people

  • William Fredrick "Buffalo Bill" Cody (1846–1917), known for his wild west shows
  • Mike Wolfe, star and creator of the television show American Pickers
  • Frank Fritz, star of the television show American Pickers
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