When I first got the gig as Brand Manager of B100, I had the great task of finding a place to live. I have lived in Illinois for a lot of my life, but the question came coming up. Are you going to live in the IOWA side or the ILLINOIS side? I assumed for tax purposes that the Iowa side was the sure play. Lots of people were saying down town Davenport and Bettendorf were the best places to live. I have lots of friends from everywhere in the QC. Moline and rock Island are both great options for me, but Bettendorf and Davenport have some really nice places too! I used this site called Numbeo.

It compared the standard of living on the Illinois Side and the Iowa side. The results were interesting to me, and I thought they would be great to share with my QC family! Here they are fam! The search is still on for my new house... I will keep you all posted! If you have any leads or advice I am open ears! To be honest... They are both about the same to me. Please note: I LOVE the QC!

  Moline, IL Davenport, IA Difference
Restaurants
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 11.50 $ 9.00 $      -21.74 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 44.50 $ 40.00 $      -10.11 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.00 $ 7.48 $      +6.86 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3.50 $ 3.50 $      0.00 %
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 4.25 $ 4.00 $      -5.88 %
Cappuccino (regular) 3.75 $ 3.25 $      -13.33 %
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.64 $ 1.84 $      +12.11 %
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.09 $ 1.09 $      0.00 %
Markets
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2.76 $ 2.76 $      0.00 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.90 $ 2.66 $      +40.01 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.00 $ 2.00 $      0.00 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.89 $ 2.75 $      +45.24 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.38 $ 3.00 $      -31.43 %
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.38 $ 3.31 $      -2.27 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.00 $ 4.75 $      -4.94 %
Apples (1 lb) 1.60 $ 2.16 $      +35.21 %
Banana (1 lb) 0.80 $ 0.69 $      -12.79 %
Oranges (1 lb) 2.00 $ 1.80 $      -10.25 %
Tomato (1 lb) 2.00 $ 3.00 $      +50.00 %
Potato (1 lb) 2.00 $ 2.40 $      +19.75 %
Onion (1 lb) 1.00 $ 1.50 $      +50.00 %
Lettuce (1 head) 1.79 $ 1.79 $      0.00 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.59 $ 1.59 $      0.00 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 10.00 $ 20.00 $      +100.00 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.00 $ ?
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 3.00 $ ?
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 6.50 $ 6.00 $      -7.69 %
Transportation
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 8.00 $ 1.00 $      -87.50 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 25.00 $ 30.00 $      +20.00 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 5.00 $ 5.00 $      0.00 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.75 $ 2.75 $      0.00 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 55.00 $ 55.00 $      0.00 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.40 $ 2.35 $      -2.21 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,500.00 $ 18,000.00 $      -16.28 %
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,166.67 $ 18,000.00 $      -10.74 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 100.00 $ 139.21 $      +39.21 %
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.10 $ 0.10 $      0.00 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 58.87 $ 59.00 $      +0.21 %
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 33.33 $ 36.00 $      +7.99 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) ? 5.00 $
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 9.50 $ 10.00 $      +5.26 %
Childcare
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 625.00 $ 625.00 $      0.00 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 18,000.00 $ 18,000.00 $      0.00 %
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 43.33 $ 37.50 $      -13.46 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 30.00 $ 21.67 $      -27.78 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 71.43 $ 73.33 $      +2.67 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 89.67 $ 90.00 $      +0.37 %
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 683.33 $ 687.50 $      +0.61 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 528.33 $ 616.25 $      +16.64 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 783.33 $ 950.00 $      +21.28 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 712.50 $ 883.33 $      +23.98 %
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 84.00 $ 100.67 $      +19.84 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 62.67 $ 95.50 $      +52.39 %
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,916.67 $ 2,262.11 $      -22.44 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.12 4.40      +6.82 %
Last update: June 2018 June 2018
Numbers generated by Numbeo.com
SO, What are YOUR thoughts? Iowa or Illinois side of the QC?