Introduction to Maquoketa, Iowa

Maquoketa, Iowa, in Jackson county, is located 29 miles S of Dubuque, Iowa (center to center) and is 155 miles W of Chicago, Illinois.

Maquoketa History

Maquoketa is the county seat of Jackson County. It was incorporated in 1853. The city was founded in 1838. At that time, Maquoketa had a log cabin built by Lyman Bates and J.E. Goodenow. It was originally named as Springfield. On March 13, 1844, the name of the city was changed to Maquoketa, which derived its name from a Native American term meaning "bear river."

Maquoketa and nearby Attractions

  • Jackson County Historical Society
  • Maquoketa Caves State Park
  • Galena/ Jo Daviess County Historical Society & Museum
  • Old Market House State Historic Site

Things To Do In Maquoketa

Tourists can visit the historic site of Ulysses S. Grant Home. You can also take a look around at the Delmar Depot Museum. The Bellevue State Park offers facilities for camping and picnic. One can also visit the Little Bear Park, Horseshoe Pond County Park, and Crawford Park. The city is also home to a number of houses of worship like the Faith Community Church and the Assembly of God Church. In addition, Maquoketa hosts annual festivals of the Jackson County Fair in July and the Pioneer Day celebrations in October.

Maquoketa Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Quad City International Airport.

Maquoketa Higher Education

Higher education can be sought through the Saint Ambrose University, Eastern Iowa Community College District, Black Hawk College, and Augustana College.


Total Population 6,029
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 18.8%
Employed Population 16+ 2,756
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 46.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.4%
Median Earnings25+ $27,343
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,750
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,321


Median Family Income $48,942
% Above Poverty Level 80.1%
% Below Poverty Level 19.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.9%


People Living Alone 32.1%
Median Gross Rent $555
Median House Value $86,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.3%
US/American 0%
English 6.9%
Irish 9.6%

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

Maquoketa Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 29 miles S of Dubuque, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 155 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Jackson
Standard Zip Codes 52060
Phone Area Codes 563
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.068
Longitude -90.665

Maquoketa Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.7 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 27 F
Apr Temp 36 to 59 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 35 inches
Distance 18.7 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 27 F
Apr Temp 36 to 59 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 34.3 inches
Station TIPTON 4 NE
Distance 27.7 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 27 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 63 F
Annual Precip 36.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Fulton (52060)

Hurstville (52060)

Ironhills (52060)

Nashville (52060)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Andrew 441 $44,375
Baldwin 110 $48,333
Delmar 497 $70,750
Lost Nation 506 $41,583

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

Maquoketa Public Libraries

Maquoketa Public Library
Maquoketa, Iowa
(319) 652-3874
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Maquoketa Hospitals

(Government - Local)
(563) 652-2474
Emergency Service: Yes

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Maquoketa High Schools

Serves 647 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.6

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