Overall Niche Grade
- Public SchoolsC+
- Crime & SafetyC
- Good for FamiliesB
- Cost of LivingB+
- Health & FitnessB+
- Outdoor ActivitiesB+
Rock Island is a town in Illinois with a population of 38,354. Rock Island is in Rock Island County. Living in Rock Island offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Rock Island there are a lot of bars, restaurants, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Rock Island and residents tend to have moderate political views.
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It wouldn't be a bad place to live if: the city and county government could manage money, hire people who are not related to those who already work there or are board members, uphold contracts to companies trying to put in new businesses, so they don't back out and put the city/county in the hole, people would act like they cared about where they live and keep it clean instead of treating it like a garbage can or destroying the homes they live in, property taxes weren't insane, when we voted something as a no they do it anyway, and much more! Rock Island tends to be a crapshoot. You have some great neighborhoods that backyard to horrible ones. They treat domestic abuse in the county like they could be bothered less with it or like we are making it up, until someone gets hurt. Then they don't understand how it went so wrong.... but they have bars! Plenty of them, oh and churches, drug deals, and Augustana College that costs WAY too much for it's location...
I have lived in Rock Island for over 20 years and the city has seen alot of major changes, mainly for the worst. A lot of businesses have moved from the area, empty houses, lot of schools closing due to lack of funding or increasing taxes that are keeping businesses from wanting to bring new business back to the area.
I have lived in Rock Island all my life, and am very familiar with the city—several aspects of it, at any rate. While I cannot accurately describe the public school or nightlife scenes due to a lack of experience (I attended private schools throughout my life and tend not to engage in the nightlife due to my isolated nature), I can say that, in other aspects, Rock Island is a good place to life. The neighborhoods, commercial areas, and metropolitan areas are, for the most part, quite well-kept, and there is a large variety of restaurants, stores, and entertainment centers.