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Old 04-08-2019, 08:54 PM
 
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Seems like if or when US 30 gets widened to 4 lanes passed Dewitt then Clinton would have a better connection to Cedar Rapids & that might help the city get out of the slump their in because people might be attracted to Clinton for the cheap housing then just commute to where the jobs are.
That's a pretty long haul to commute. Even if they widened US 30 to four lanes the entire way, you're looking at about 1 hr 15 min each way. The cost of living in Cedar Rapids isn't that much more that it probably makes more sense to live there than try to make that commute.

What would really help Clinton is a more direct route connecting US 67 past Camanche with Interstate 74 in the Quad Cities.
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Old 04-14-2019, 12:27 PM
 
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I grew up in that area and most of my family is still around there.

There are a number of towns in that area where you could still have a short commute.

Savannah, Morrison, Fulton etc. on the Illinois side and of course Dewitt west of Clinton as well as LeClaire etc.

Without knowing your personal details and interests it's hard to give much advice as we don't know what is important to you. (like if you have school aged kids and so forth)

What I would say about Clinton is that it covers a wide range of living area and I would think you'd find something you would like around it somewhere. Just like in the town I live in now there are 500k subdivisions in one area and low-rent apartments a mile down the road. *shrug*

Personally, I would go with the short DAILY commute to work and if that meant a longer drive to occasionally get groceries then so be it.

Yup. Don't discount the discomfort of a longer commute in the wind-blown snow and ice of winter.

I lived in Clinton 30 years ago and the very south end was stinky from the ADM corn-processing plant. There were some quite nice areas as well. Passed through there recently and my attractive middle-class neighborhood on Sixth Avenue South has become a junky slum. So sad.

I would recommend the small towns on the Illinois side for the ease of commute, but as Mathguy said, Illinois taxes will be higher. Motorcycles, beer, and fishing boats are the main entertainment on both sides of the river. Clinton has an attractive local art gallery downtown, and Eagle Point Park on the north side beautifully overlooks the Mississippi River.

I would definitely rent for a while and explore both sides of the river. The Quad Cites would be an impractical daily commute.
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Old 04-14-2019, 02:15 PM
 
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Yeah I wouldn't want to drive to DeWitt daily, let alone the Quad Cities.
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Old 04-14-2019, 05:12 PM
 
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Yup. Don't discount the discomfort of a longer commute in the wind-blown snow and ice of winter.

I lived in Clinton 30 years ago and the very south end was stinky from the ADM corn-processing plant. There were some quite nice areas as well. Passed through there recently and my attractive middle-class neighborhood on Sixth Avenue South has become a junky slum. So sad.

I would recommend the small towns on the Illinois side for the ease of commute, but as Mathguy said, Illinois taxes will be higher. Motorcycles, beer, and fishing boats are the main entertainment on both sides of the river. Clinton has an attractive local art gallery downtown, and Eagle Point Park on the north side beautifully overlooks the Mississippi River.

I would definitely rent for a while and explore both sides of the river. The Quad Cites would be an impractical daily commute.
Heh, with the big Mr. Peanut on the tower.
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