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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A
Dubuque is a town in Iowa with a population of 58,410. Dubuque is in Dubuque County and is one of the best places to live in Iowa. Living in Dubuque offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Dubuque there are a lot of bars and 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
$135,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$750
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    37%
  • Own
    63%
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Dubuque Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    184.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    3.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    68.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    27.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    567.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,062.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    107.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    13%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    32%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%

Working in Dubuque

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$50,171
National
$55,322
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I attended UD for four years along with worked at the University between graduation and grad school. I love the city of Dubuque. While I was spending a lot of time on campus, it is easy to get involved in this city. There are so many active community members that are doing their work to connect themselves to the local schools, colleges and universities and people. Dubuque gives a great vibe of small town community while providing space and activities of a bigger city. There is room for improvement of course but there are lots of hands on deck working to improve equity in neighborhoods, schools, and the workplace. Dubuque has continued to grow and raise the standards of how best to care for residents. From artists, pet owners, veterans, engineers, farmers, students, children, families, singles, activists, and anyone else you can think of, Dubuque has or is making a comfortable, fun and inclusive place to call home.
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Dubuque is a family friendly town that I am pleased to call home. It allows my family and I a safe environment where I can take walks, drive around, and grow up. In Dubuque my experience with public schools have been extremely pleasing. I have attended three excellent schools, Kennedy elementary, Roosevelt middle school, and Hempstead Highschool. All of these schools have pushed me academically with great teachers and made me feel like I was in a safe environment. Another thing about Dubuque that is great is that it provides me with a safe place that even I, as a young women, feel like it is safe enough to walk the streets. In some places you couldn’t say the same.
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!