Rock Island is part of the Quad Cities—a large urban area that encompasses Moline and East Moline, as well as Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa. So, no matter what you’re looking for in terms of shopping, dining and entertainment, you’re bound to find it in one of these surrounding cities.
Much of the Rock Island rental market is dominated by military, and a lot of what isn’t is allocated for low incoming housing. This means that if you’re looking for apartment rentals with short term lease options, then you’re in luck! Similarly, if you’re on a tight budget, you may qualify for outstanding housing at a fraction of the market rate.
Rock Island is in the process of reinventing itself. Downtown revitalization efforts have led to a lot of development along the riverfront. New galleries, restaurants, stores, and bars dot the main streets, and many of the lofts, condominiums, and townhouses for rent in this area have luxury amenities, as a private gym and clubhouse. Additionally, these buildings also offer some of the city’s best studio apartments for rent. Two bedrooms in posh downtown buildings generally range from $1,300 - $1,500.
Augustana College, located just east of the city center is a relatively safe area and has lots of cheap apartments for rent. Two bedrooms here generally range from $650 - $900.
You’ll have no trouble finding rental homes in Rock Island, as older single-family houses for rent are scattered throughout town. The farther south you go, the more suburban, newer, and safer the rental properties will be. Neighborhoods south of 19th Avenue, including Bel Aire and Blackhawk, tend to have the best safety record in town. Two bedrooms here generally range from $700 - $900.
Safety may be a concern in other urban Rock Island neighborhoods. Though the overall crime rate for the city is lower than larger metropolitan areas, there are instances of petty crime. Try to avoid the portions of town west of 11th Street as this area has the worst safety reputation in the city.
So, about those pet friendly apartments… Good luck finding them! Most Rock Island rentals have strict no pet policies. Locating a dog friendly apartment in town is particularly difficult since many of the city’s rentals are operated by private landlords who are convinced your pooch is going to pee on the carpet. Don’t despair. Just allow yourself plenty of time to find that one rental in a million that will welcome Fido.
So welcome to the Rock! Enjoy kickin' back in this old city on the Old Muddy.
-By Kera Zacuto
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