Sitting in the middle of some of the most fertile land in the country and the world, Atkinson is located along Interstate 80, less than 30 miles from the Iowa-Illinois Quad Cities metropolitan area to the west and 140 miles from Chicago to the east. Interstates 74 and 88 are also just a short distance away, hooking up with others that head south to St. Louis and north to Rockford and Wisconsin.

A moderate climate means fishing, picnicking and water sports in the spring and summer, followed by hayrack rides, ice-skating and slippery slides down snow-covered hills during the latter half of the year. A wealth of recreational activities are to be found at the Hennepin Canal Parkway, with access just minutes away, and at both the Mississippi River and the Rock River which are just a short distance away.
 
Atkinson is a convenient 30 minutes from the Quad City International Airport in Moline with multiple daily departures direct to nine major U.S. airport hubs - many available as jet service. Several of the largest carriers in the world, as well as several of the most successful low-cost carriers, provide service out of the Moline airport. Several flights go to and from Chicago on a daily basis. Also nearby (between Atkinson and Geneseo 8 miles to the west) is a grassy air strip owned and operated by Gen-Air Inc. While privately owned, it is a public-use strip meaning anyone flying into the area to visit friends or to do business here can use the 2,300-foot strip at no charge.

A Great Place to Live
To your door may mean to one of the vintage Victorian homes sprinkled around town, a newer single family home perfect for a family, one of the many apartments throughout the village ideal for the single lifestyle, or to a resident at Heritage Square.

The last offers subsidized housing for senior citizens (age 62+) and/or persons with disabilities in 24 one bedroom, independent living units. The Henry County Senior Citizens use the site to conduct blood pressure checks, Rules of the Road classes, and other services to senior village residents. Older individuals also have access to assisted living options in nearby communities.

Overall, the housing picture in Atkinson, is one with choices for all ages, all lifestyles, and all pocketbooks.