Dubuque, IA Profile: Facts & Data


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Dubuque, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Dubuque is the 10th largest city in Iowa with a population of 60,611 as of July 1, 2018. Dubuque ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Iowa. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Dubuque is located at latitude 42.5024 and longitude -90.7051 in Dubuque County. The formal boundaries for the City of Dubuque (see map below) encompass a land area of 30.15 sq. miles and a water area of 1.08 sq. miles. Dubuque County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 623 feet.

The City of Dubuque (GNIS ID: 467744) has a C2 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place legally coextensive with a county subdivision but treated as independent of any county subdivision. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Dubuque is located within , a minor civil division (MCD) of Dubuque County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Dubuque population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2018.

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Dubuque, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 60,611
Population in Households 56,613
Population in Familes 41,951
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,998
Population Density1 2,010
Diversity Index2 26


Median Household Income $49,661
Average Household Income $67,295
Per Capita Income $28,290


Total Housing Units 26,667 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 16,363 (61.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 8,399 (31.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,905 ( 7.1%)
Median Home Value $140,633
Average Home Value $170,716


Total Households 24,762
Average Household Size 2.29
Family Households 14,445
Average Family Size 3
  1. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.52% 0.42%
Households 0.56% 0.46%
Families 0.38% 0.29%
Median Household Income   1.03%
Per Capita Income   1.68%

Dubuque, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Dubuque to the other 1,009 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Iowa by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 10 99th
Population Density # 30 97th
Diversity Index # 109 89th
Median Household Income # 751 26th
Per Capita Income # 540 47th

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