Best Place to Raise Kids in Iowa: Park View

Nearby city: Davenport, Iowa
Population: 2,300
Median family income: $65,367
Avg. school math score: 97.14 (State avg.: 80.29)
Avg. school reading score: 98.57 (State avg.: 77.43)

Park View is located almost exactly halfway between Des Moines and Chicago, a roughly three-hour drive in either direction. The nearest big city—13.4 miles as the crow flies—is Davenport, Iowa, the seat of Scott County and the largest of the Quad Cities; Bettendorf, Iowa; and Moline, East Moline, and Rock Island, Ill. Park View is a cozy suburb of Davenport, with several golf courses in the area and plenty of wide-open spaces, including numerous athletic fields, basketball courts, and walking trails. The local high schools are outstanding, and the schools’ teams are competitive.

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