Rock Island is a national 'gem' when it comes to buying a home.

Many who live in the Quad Cities already know that we live in some great communities already. The QCA is growing and it shows.

Rock Island made the Top 5 on a national list of places in the entire country that are most affordable. According to

"Right now in the city, wages are growing faster than the cost of a home. That's one thing Rock Island Mayor Dennis Pauley attributes to the high ranking.

'You want areas that are affordable so people can move into, you want young families to start moving into your community,' says Pauley."

There are many great businesses and family friendly parks in Rock Island, too. It's great to see some national recognition for a community in the heart of the Quad Cities.