Quincy, Illinois, the "Gem City", is a Midwestern community (population 40,400) located on the Mississippi River near the Missouri-Iowa border and within easy driving distance to St. Louis and Columbia, MO as well as Iowa City, IA and Springfield, IL. As a regional hub, Quincy has a strong agribusiness, healthcare, light manufacturing, and education economy and serves as the regional retail/service hub. We are home to Quincy University, Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing, and John Wood Community College. There is a strong K-12 public education system as well as two private K-12 educational options. We have a varied and vibrant arts community, over 1,000 acres of city parks, including an extensive walking/biking trail, and two family oriented recreation facilities. The median age in Quincy is 39; 90% of the population is Caucasian, 5.8% African- American, and 4.2% either Hispanic, Asian, or other. Both the unemployment rate and the cost of living are below the national and state averages. Quincy is a pleasant, architecturally diverse, and active community with friendly people and an affordable lifestyle.