Rock Island County, Illinois is situated along the southern portion of the Mississippi River bordering Iowa. The relatively small county with a 451 square mile landmass is home to a population of more than 150,000 residents. The Illinois General Assembly formed the county in 1831, naming it after Rock Island (now Arsenal Island) situated northwest of Moline in the Mississippi River. The county’s largest metropolitan city is Moline and the county seat is Rock Island.
The county is a portion of the larger quad-city metropolitan area, a densely populated expanse between Des Moines and Chicago along the Iowa/Illinois border. Most of the county is filled with rolling hillsides and rich agricultural land. Many families move into the area because of low housing, exceptional schools, high-quality health care, enjoyable tourist attractions and extraordinary recreational activities.
Travel and Transportation
Individuals traveling in and through Rock Island County can take Interstate 280 traveling east and west south of Moline and Rock River. In addition, I-74 travels north and south from the Quad City International Airport through Moline, and over the Mississippi River Memorial Bridge into Iowa. The Centennial Expressway (State Road 92) travels north of the Mark Twain Wildlife and Fish Refuge into Rock Island just east of the Mississippi River.
Residents and visitors have quick access to numerous airports in the county including the Quad City International Airport (QCIA) just South of Moline and I-280. Travelers can use the international airport for quick connections to Arizona, Florida, Minnesota, Nevada, Michigan, Colorado, Texas, Chicago and Georgia. Pilots also have access to Mercer County Airport in Aledo.
The Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District operates its countywide MetroLINK with various routes all across Moline, Arsenal Island and Rock Island. In addition, the county provides ADA para-transit service to visitors and residents.
Area Wide Hospitals and Medical Facilities
Rock Island County provides the best quality health care services to the community. Some of the area wide hospitals and medical facilities include:
- Lutheran Hospital (Davenport East)
- Moline Hospital (Davenport East)\
- St. Anthony’s Hospital (Davenport East)
- Genesis Medical Center (Coal Valley)
- Trinity Medical Center – Seventh Street Campus (Milan)
- Trinity Medical Center – West Campus (Milan)
- East Moline Nursing Home (Coal Valley)
- Oak Glen Nursing Home (Coal Valley)
- East Moline Garden Plaza Nursing Home (Coal Valley)
Quality health care is also available to area pets at the Rock Island Animal Hospital, at 2312 Fifth Avenue in Rock Island.
The County Courthouse
The county is part of the fourteenth judicial circuit in the state of Illinois, with the Rock Island County Courthouse located at 1504 3rd Ave. in Rock Island. The Circuit Court handles a variety of legal issues for the county including felonies, misdemeanors, traffic violations, adoptions, dissolutions of marriage, family legal issues, and civil cases.
The area is home to a variety of colleges including Augustana College at 639 38th Street in Rock Island, along with Black Hawk College at 6600 34th Ave. in Moline. Private higher education facilities in the area include Trinity College of nursing & health services at 2122 25th Ave. in Rock Island, La James International College (cosmetology / massage) at 485 42nd Ave. in East Moline and Brown Mackie College at 2119 Kimberly Road in Bettendorf, Iowa.
Rock Island County Economic Development
The Quad City area offers a variety of incentives for new and existing companies providing jobs to Rock Island County residents. Many businesses move into the area because of its central location, access to a highly trained workforce and economic policies designed to enhance current and future development.
Most residents in the county commute less than 10 minutes to work every day. The area provides numerous recreational activities, a high standard of living and a scenic environment, all at an affordable price for business owners and employees. With easy access to a major interstate highway system, river barges and railroads, companies can receive and deliver products, goods and equipment to local areas including Minneapolis, St. Louis and Des Moines, and out across the nation.
Points of Interest
The area is known for its rich historic communities and laid-back urban, suburban and rural neighborhood settings. The county offers a variety of leisure activities along the Rock and Mississippi Rivers. Many communities offer annual festivals including the gumbo Ya Ya Mardi Gras, Quad Cities Criterium Bicycle Race, go kart street racing, garden shows, antique shows, and its annual Bald Eagle Days. Other points of interest include:
- Black Hawk State Historic Site
- Jumer’s Casino & Hotel
- Sunset Park & Marina
- Quad City Botanical Center
- Great River Trail
- TPC Deere Run Golf Course
- Highland Springs Golf Course
- Niabi Zoo (Coal Valley)
In addition, Moline is home to the 12,000 seat iWireless Center, a multipurpose arena that serves the Quad Cities, hosting professional sports teams including the NBA and NHA. In addition, the center can be configured as a smaller venue for amphitheater concerts and theater shows.
Rock Island County in other counties in the area offer residents and visitors a great place to enjoy all year long. With scenic views along the banks of the Mississippi River, close proximity to an international airport and major highways, maintaining a home in the Quad Cities area provides a sense of community in a small town environment.
For information on cities in and around Rock Island County, please look at the pages below: