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Davenport Ranks 6th Most Affordable Small City

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You don't have to be from here to notice how affordable living is here.

"I'm originally from Boston, and been from east to west coast," resident Andrew Gaudet said. "So davenport to me is one of the most affordable places to be at."

"Grocery shopping is pretty good over here too if I want to make the trip," said Heidi Elkins, a visitor.

The list is based on population, median home price, median income and percentage of homes sold that are affordable. For Davenport and the Quad Cities, home prices have remained steady even during the housing market crisis a few year ago.

Sharon Carlson from the Quad City Area Realtor Association says the average home price was around $150,000 last year. 

"Our housing prices have never really fallen off nor gone up. The National Association of Realtors does believe that housing is going to remain pretty constant," she said.

In addition to the affordable housing, Joe Taylor from the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau says that Davenport's relatively low prices for hotels, food and parking also play a role.

"That savings is how we are able to compete; what makes the quad cities so affordable for not only residents, but for visitors coming here. Their dollars stretch a lot further," Taylor said.

He also says that although Davenport made the list, the Quad Cities area is not excluded.

"I'm going to make an assumption on my part that that study really applies to the Quad Cities at large; that the Quad Cities are very affordable in terms of housing and affordable generally in the cost of living," he said.