Called the "Pearl of the Mississippi," the city of Muscatine is one of Iowa's most beautiful and charming communities. With plenty of leisure activities, a strong business community, and a highly educated workforce, there are plenty of reasons why many Iowans are calling Muscatine apartments for rent their new home.
According to City-Data, this city has seen growth in its population from 2000 to 2010, showing that this is a community that many people want to be part of. Their median household income has also increased by around $6,000 during these years, showing that this is a great place to work as well as play. With its close location to the Quad Cities, people who live here can enjoy a small town atmosphere with all of the big city amenities close by.
Colonel Davenport was one of the city's first settlers, and he originally established Muscatine as a trading post due to its ideal location along the Mississippi River. The main reason Muscatine got the nickname the "Pearl of the Mississippi" is because of its growth in the pearl button industry in the area shortly after the city's founding in 1850. Mark Twain even romanticized the views of the Mississippi River from this charming city, saying, "I remember Muscatine for its summer sunsets. I have never seen any on either side of the ocean that equaled them."
Today, Muscatine still maintains the beauty, charm, and work ethic that brought so many Iowans to its shores so many years ago. According to information from the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau, Muscatine is home to more than 22,800 residents.
One of the biggest events held each year in Muscatine is Great River Days, a four-day festival taking place each summer. This beloved community event features a carnival, battle of the bands, eating contests, and Pearl Button excursion rides on the river for family fun that the city looks forward to each year.
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