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Silvis, Illinois
Silvis, Illinois welcome sign
Silvis, Illinois welcome sign
A City of Progress
Location of Silvis in Rock Island County, Illinois.
Location of Silvis in Rock Island County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Country United States
State Illinois
County Rock Island
Founded 1906
 • Total 4.29 sq mi (11.10 km2)
 • Land 4.29 sq mi (11.10 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
 • Total 8,003
 • Density 1,867.68/sq mi (721.06/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s) 309
FIPS code 17-69979
Wikimedia Commons Silvis, Illinois

Silvis is a city in Rock Island County, Illinois, United States. It is part of a larger metropolitan area known as the Quad Cities. The Quad Cities Metropolitan Area is situated across four counties in Illinois and Iowa. It is located four miles from the intersection of Interstate 80 and Interstate 88, 165 miles west of Chicago, Illinois, and 165 miles east of Des Moines. It sits next to East Moline and Moline.

The area has a rate media market with 308,910 TV households in a designated market area, or 2.7% of United States. Silvis also is near two major medical centers, including a critical access center. Silvis also has two community college districts, a liberal arts college, a public university auxiliary campus, two private universities, and two extension services in the area.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 1,163
1920 2,541 118.5%
1930 2,650 4.3%
1940 2,990 12.8%
1950 3,055 2.2%
1960 3,973 30.0%
1970 5,907 48.7%
1980 7,130 20.7%
1990 6,926 −2.9%
2000 7,269 5.0%
2010 7,479 2.9%
2020 8,003 7.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of 2014, the population of Silvis is 7,604 with 2,984 households, and 1,939 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,993.8 people per square mile (768.9/km2). There were 3,135 housing units at an average density of 859.9 per square mile (331.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 86.09% White, 3.45% African American, 0.47% Native American, 0.81% Asian, 6.51% from other races, and 2.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino ethnicities made up 14.36% of the population.

There were 2,984 households, out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18, 47.2% were married couples, 13.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.0% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41, and the average family size was 3.01.

In the city, the population was 25.6% under the age of 18, 8.9% aged 18 to 24, 26.9% aged 25 to 44, 22.3% aged 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.4 males. For every 100 females aged 18 and over, there were 86.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,047, and the median income for a family was $41,390. Males had a median income of $32,451, versus $22,050 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,764. About 8.4% of families and 9.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.9% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.


The City of Silvis (initially named Pleasant Valley) was incorporated in 1906. The City took its name from Richard Shippen Silvis, one of the original settlers whose family operated the Silvis Mining Company.

TPC Deere Run

TPC Deere Run’s golf course is built on the site of a former Arabian horse farm. Course architect and former PGA Tour professional D.A. Weibring masterfully used the natural, rolling landscape to create a championship golf course that stretches along the picturesque wooded ravines of the area’s famous Rock River.

TPC Deere Run has been honored by Golf Digest, ranking No. 42 among the United States’ 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses. Golfweek Magazine has also ranked TPC Deere Run among the top five courses in the state of Illinois.

Since 2000, TPC Deere Run has been the home of the PGA Tour's annual John Deere Classic, previously known as the Quad Cities Open. The John Deere Classic is held in July the week before the British Open and draws some of the Tour’s top talent.

Hero Street USA

Hero Street Monument in Silvis, Illinois
Hero Street Monument

It has been documented that as of the present day there have been over 100 young men and women from Second Street who have given service to the United States Military Forces. It had been researched and documented by The Department of Defense in Washington, D.C. that (there is no other street of comparable size) that has had as many men and women render service to the Armed Forces of the United States of America than the 1 1/2 block long street in Silvis. Of these military men and women, six of them were killed in action during World War II and two during the Korean War.

Because of the contributions of these young American the street was renamed Hero Street USA in May 1967, by former Mayor of Silvis, William Tatmen. On 30 October 1971 a city park was built and dedicated as Hero Street Park in honor of the eight deceased servicemen from Hero Street USA. The park contains a pictorial monument a Grotto, a playground and a Pavilion. The monument contains pictures and biographies of the eight-deceased veteran from Hero Street, the grotto displays the names of all war dead from Silvis.

In 2015, Fourth Wall Films released a historical documentary feature film by Emmy nominated filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle, titled "Letters Home to Hero Street".[1]


City of Silvis is located in Western Illinois just 4 miles from the intersection of the I-80 & I-88 interchange. Contiguous to East Moline and Moline; the larger populations that help comprise the Quad City area. Silvis is 165 mile west of Chicago, IL and 165 miles east of Des Moines Iowa. The location of Silvis allows for easy access to major metropolitan areas including Minneapolis, Omaha, Kansas City, St. Louis, Milwaukee and Indianapolis giving Silvis daily access to millions of people and thousands of businesses. So, available, is a rate media market with 308,910 TV households in a designated market area or 2.7% of United States. Silvis has properties available with access to both rail and interstate. Silvis also has access to two major medical centers that include a critical access center located in Silvis. Two community college districts, a Liberal Arts College, and a public university auxiliary campus along with two private universities and two extension services are in the area.

The cost of doing business in the Quad Cities is among the lowest in the nation, while our workforce exceeds national averages in quality, stability and productivity.

More than 30,000 businesses, including Deere & Company World Headquarters, 3M, Alcoa, and the Rock Island Arsenal, a major military installation, are already in the Quad Cities.

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