Riverdale, Iowa

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Riverdale is a city in Scott County, Iowa, United States. The population was 656 at the 2000 census.

Alcoa has a giant aluminum rolling mill in Riverdale that employs about 2,000 people. The city site is surrounded on three sides by the far larger city of Bettendorf, and on the fourth by the Mississippi River. Bettendorf, in turn, is one of the Quad Cities.



In 1912, Iowana Dairy Farms was established by Col. G. W. French in what is today the city of Riverdale. French’s herd of Holstein cattle became one of the largest and most outstanding in the United States. After the death of Col. French, Glenn Moore took over part of the operation as Iowana Milk Farm, and G. Decker French operated the other part of the operation as Iowana Holstein Farm. The Aluminum Company of America, (ALCOA), moved to Davenport, Iowa in 1946. By the middle of 1948 the new plant’s construction was finished and the first operation began in 1949 in Riverdale, Iowa.

The city of Riverdale was incorporated December 27, 1950. After a three year incorporation challenge by the city of Bettendorf, the Iowa Supreme Court upheld the incorporation and the city of Riverdale was granted its independence on February 10, 1953.

Riverdale is part of the Quad-Cities community. The area was originally called the Tri-Cities which included Moline, Rock Island, and Davenport. Later the name was changed to the Quad Cities with the addition of East Moline. Today the Quad Cities community consists of the larger cities of Davenport, Iowa; Bettendorf, Iowa; Moline, Illinois; Rock Island, Illinois; and East Moline, Illinois, as well as surrounding smaller cities Eldridge, Long Grove, Park View, Blue Grass, Buffalo, Walcott, Maysville, Mount Joy, Pleasant Valley, LeClaire, Panorama Park, and Riverdale in Iowa and Silvis, Milan, Hampton, Carbon Cliff, Port Byron, Andalusia, Coal Valley, and Colona in Illinois. The Quad Cities has a total population of over 350,000 people.


Riverdale is located at 41°32′8″N 90°28′2″W / 41.53556°N 90.46722°W / 41.53556; -90.46722 (41.535466, -90.467216)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.6 km²), of which, 1.8 square miles (4.6 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²) of it (17.89%) is water.



As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 656 people, 270 households, and 193 families residing in the city. The population density was 366.8 people per square mile (141.5/km²). There were 285 housing units at an average density of 159.4/sq mi (61.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.87% White, 0.61% African American, 0.15% Asian, 0.46% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.29% of the population.

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