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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Dubuque is a town in Iowa with a population of 58,535. Dubuque is in Dubuque County and is one of the best places to live in Iowa. Living in Dubuque offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Dubuque there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Dubuque and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Dubuque are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$133,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$728
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    37%
  • Own
    63%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    222
    283
  • Murder
    2
    6
  • Rape
    53
    41
  • Robbery
    44
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    691
    500
  • Theft
    2,285
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    127
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$48,021
National
$55,322
Children
17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    34%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%
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I love living here! I didn't always feel that way when I was growing up. But as an adult, there are many wonderful things that I can now appreciate about this town. It isn't too big, and isn't too small. And there is still a possibility that someone at the store will know someone they see. People are friendly, always smiling and greeting others with a nod or hello. The schools are the best, and it truly is a great place to raise kids!
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Dubuque is a beautiful city to live in with plenty of places to go sight seeing. The Mill Work District has a lot of cute little shops, new and old buildings intermixed, and beautiful paintings on the sides of the buildings. The river is always a favorite too, along with the lights in the park during the Christmas season.
Most of the people here are very friendly. A lot of the times they say hi or smile when you make eye contact in passing. Whenever going out to a store or a restaurant, the customer service is always excellent. It’s not hard to get along with anyone here.
I am a big fan of Dubuque, even though it may have a few flaws. The town is gorgeous, with so many places to hike, bike, kayak, and just walk through nature. Main Street is also nice and friendly, as is the new Warehouse District. Both of the public high schools are very good, so you can't go wrong with those. The biggest problem I've noticed is that the downtown elementary schools are not up to the same standards as the uptown schools, so that is a huge barrier for many of the poorer kids who live downtown.