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Silvis, Illinois
Silvis, Illinois welcome sign
Silvis, Illinois welcome sign
A City of Progress
Location of Silvis in Rock Island County, Illinois.
Location of Silvis in Rock Island County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 41°30′11″N 90°24′48″W / 41.50306°N 90.41333°W / 41.50306; -90.41333Coordinates: 41°30′11″N 90°24′48″W / 41.50306°N 90.41333°W / 41.50306; -90.41333
CountryUnited States
CountyRock Island
 • Total4.29 sq mi (11.10 km2)
 • Land4.29 sq mi (11.10 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
 • Total8,003
 • Density1,867.68/sq mi (721.06/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s)309
FIPS code17-69979
Wikimedia CommonsSilvis, Illinois

Silvis is a city in Rock Island County, Illinois, United States. It is part of a larger metropolitan area known as the Quad Cities. The Quad Cities Metropolitan Area is situated across four counties in Illinois and Iowa. It is located four miles from the intersection of Interstate 80 and Interstate 88,[2] 165 miles west of Chicago, Illinois, and 165 miles east of Des Moines. It sits next to East Moline and Moline.

The area has a rate media market with 308,910 TV households in a designated market area, or 2.7% of United States. Silvis also is near two major medical centers, including a critical access center. Silvis also has two community college districts, a liberal arts college, a public university auxiliary campus, two private universities, and two extension services in the area.


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[3]

As of 2019, the population of Silvis is 7,475[4] with 2,984 households, and 1,939 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,993.8 people per square mile (768.9/km2). There were 3,135 housing units at an average density of 859.9 per square mile (331.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 86.09% White, 3.45% African American, 0.47% Native American, 0.81% Asian, 6.51% from other races, and 2.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino ethnicities made up 14.36% of the population.

There were 2,984 households, out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18, 47.2% were married couples, 13.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.0% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41, and the average family size was 3.01.

In the city, the population was 25.6% under the age of 18, 8.9% aged 18 to 24, 26.9% aged 25 to 44, 22.3% aged 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.4 males. For every 100 females aged 18 and over, there were 86.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,047, and the median income for a family was $41,390. Males had a median income of $32,451, versus $22,050 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,764. About 8.4% of families and 9.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.9% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.


The City of Silvis (initially named Pleasant Valley) was incorporated in 1906. The city took its name from Richard Shippen Silvis, one of the original settlers whose family operated the Silvis Mining Company.[2] Some older sources give the alternate spelling of "Sylvis" although this spelling is not regularly used today.

Golf course[edit]

The city is home to TPC Deere Run, a public golf course designed by former PGA Tour professional D.A. Weibring along the area's famous Rock River. Golf Digest once ranked it No. 42 among U.S. public golf courses, while Golfweek Magazine has called it among the state's top five courses. Since 2000, TPC Deere Run has hosted the PGA Tour's annual John Deere Classic, previously known as the Quad Cities Open. The John Deere Classic is held in July the week before the British Open.[2]

Hero Street USA[edit]

Hero Street Monument

The name of the city's Second Street—a muddy two-block thoroughfare that was once home to Mexican immigrants who worked for the Rock Island Railroad—was changed in 1967 to Hero Street to honor people who lived on the two-block street and served in the U.S. military.[5] A total of 84 men served in World War II, Korea, and in Vietnam. Eight died during World War II: Joseph Gomez, Peter Macias, Johnny Muños, Tony Pompa, Frank Sandoval, Joseph "Joe" Sandoval, William "Willie" Sandoval, and Claro Solis.[6]

Eduvigis and Angelina Sandoval immigrated to the U.S. from Romita, Mexico. Their son, Frank, was a combat engineer assigned to help build the Ledo Road in Burma. He was killed when his unit was sent to the front to fight for control of a key airbase. His older brother, Joe, assigned to the 41st Armored Infantry Division in Europe, was killed in April 1945, just days before the war ended.[6]

Joseph and Carmen Sandoval also immigrated to the United States from Mexico. When the war broke out, they consented to their son Willie's request to enlist in the army. Trained as a paratrooper and assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, he fought in Italy and Germany, and was killed on October 6, 1944, during a combat mission related to Operation Market-Garden, the largest airborne operation of all time.

Silvis Mayor, William Tatmen renamed the street Hero Street USA in May 1967. On 30 October 1971 a city park was built and dedicated as Hero Street Park to honor the eight deceased Hispanic (Latin American) servicemen from Hero Street USA. The park contains a pictorial monument, a grotto, a playground, and a pavilion. The monument contains pictures and biographies of the eight-deceased veteran from Hero Street, the grotto displays the names of all war dead from Silvis.[7]

In 2015, Fourth Wall Films released a documentary, "Letters Home to Hero Street", by Emmy-nominated filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle.[8][9]


Silvis public schools belong to three districts, Carbon Cliff-Barstow School District 36, East Moline School District 37, and Silvis School District 34. There are three Silvis preschool schools.,[2] three elementary schools, one junior high school and one high school belonging to the Silvis school districts.


  • George O. Barr Elementary
  • Learning Tree Child Care Center
  • It's a Child's World

Elementary schools[edit]

  • George O. Barr Elementary
  • Eagle Ridge
  • Bowlesburg Elementary

Middle/Junior High schools[edit]

  • North East Junior High School

High schools[edit]

  • United Township High School


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d Advertising, MCS. "Develop Silvis, IL Economy Living".
  3. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  4. ^ "City Data".
  5. ^ Hispanics in Americas Defense: Hero Street U.S.A. Archived August 20, 2007, at the Wayback Machine The Hero Street Monument Committee. Retrieved on July 27, 2007.
  6. ^ a b Sealift Honoring Hispanic Heroes. U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command. September 2004. Retrieved on July 27, 2007.
  7. ^ "About Hero Street".
  8. ^ "Info".
  9. ^ "Hero Street, A Documentary Film". Indiegogo.

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