Introduction to Dubuque, Iowa

Dubuque, Iowa is located 144 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is in Dubuque County.

Dubuque History

Dubuque is one of the oldest settlements of the region. Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet were the first Europeans who explored the area in 1673. France claimed the land in 1682 and named it as Louisiane, after the French King Louis XIV. Julien Dubuque was the first permanent settler and arrived in the city in 1785. In fact, the city was also renamed after him and was incorporated in 1833.

Dubuque and nearby Attractions

  • Eagle Point Park
  • Dubuque Arboretum
  • Mines of Spain State Recreation Area
  • Mathias Ham House Historic Site
  • Crystal Lake Cave
  • Mississippi River Museum

Things To Do In Dubuque

Dubuque hosts a number of events and festivals including the DubuqueFest, Winter Jazz & Blues Festival, Mississippi River Heritage Days, Dubuque County Fair, and Octoberfest Polka Festival every year. You can also visit the Louis Murphy Park, Dubuque Greyhound Park, Dubuque's Old Shot Tower Historical Marker, and McAleece Park and Recreation Complex. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Kennedy Mall. The Dubuque Museum of Art, Mines of Spain State Recreation Area, and Crystal Lake Cave are also worth visiting.

Dubuque Transportation

Dubuque Regional Airport is close by.

Dubuque Higher Education

Loras College, University of Dubuque, Wartburg Theological Seminary, Capri College, Clarke College, and Emmaus Bible College are located in the city for higher education.


Total Population 58,409
Male Share of the Population 48.5%
Female Share of the Population 51.5%
Senior Citizens 16.7%
Employed Population 16+ 29,442
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 44.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 29.9%
Median Earnings25+ $31,492
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,875
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,127


Median Family Income $59,287
% Above Poverty Level 83.8%
% Below Poverty Level 16.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 3.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.7%
% Using Public Transportation 1.5%


People Living Alone 33.2%
Median Gross Rent $707
Median House Value $132,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.5%
US/American 0.1%
English 7%
Irish 22.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Dubuque Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 144 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Dubuque
Metro Area Dubuque
Standard Zip Codes 52001, 52002, 52003
P.O. Box Zip Codes 52004
Company Zip Codes 52099
Phone Area Codes 563
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.5
Longitude -90.664

Dubuque Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 2.4 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 27 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 65 to 85 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 33.9 inches
Distance 20 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 25 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 61 F
Annual Precip 36.1 inches
Distance 23.8 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 23 F
Apr Temp 36 to 56 F
Jul Temp 62 to 80 F
Oct Temp 40 to 58 F
Annual Precip 33.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Dubuque, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Center Grove (52001)

Eagle Point (52001)

Julien (52001)

Key West (52001)

Massey (52001)

Rockdale (52001)

Shawondasse (52001)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Asbury 5,014 $94,853
Centralia 133 $73,750

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Dubuque Public Libraries

Carnegie-stout Public Library
360 W. 11TH STREET
Dubuque, Iowa
(319) 589-4225
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Dubuque Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(563) 589-8000
Emergency Service: Yes

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(563) 589-2666
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 16

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Student/teacher ratio: 13.6

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Serves 170 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.3

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