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Dubuque, IA

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About Dubuque, IA

Dubuque, IA is located in Dubuque County in the state of Iowa.

The total City Population for Dubuque is about 59,379 with about 725 people per square mile, and the larger Metro Area Population is about 67,916.

The Average Home Value is $155,082, which is roughly 15% higher than the Average Home Value of $132,435 for the state of Iowa, and roughly 29% lower than the National Average of $217,072.

The Median Income Per Household is about $58,691, which is roughly 10% lower than the Average Median Income Per Household of $65,122 for the state of Iowa, and roughly 10% lower higher than the National Average of $65,026.

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Quick Stats

Dubuque Population 59,379
Average Home Value $155,082
Median Household Income $58,691
Median Age 37.6
Unemployment Rate 5%
Politics 50.73% Republican

Demographic Details

Average # of People Per Household: 1.86
Male Population Estimate: 48.2%
Female Population Estimate: 51.8%
Median Age: 37.6
Male Median Age: 28.1
Female Median Age: 31.4

Racial Demographic Estimates



Dubuque County voted Republican in the 2020 Presidential Election with a very significant difference of 77.13% between the winner and runner up.
Chuck Grassley
U.S. Senator
Chuck Grassley
Republican Party
Joni Ernst
U.S. Senator
Joni Ernst
Republican Party
Kim Reynolds
State governor
Kim Reynolds
Republican Party

Voting Results by Party

Republican: 50.73%
Democratic: 47.58%
Libertarian: 1.03%
Other: 0.43%
Green: 0.23%

Crime Details

NOTE: Crime is available at the County level so this doesn't necessarily represent the city of Dubuque specifically.

Average # of Homicides for Dubuque County: About 1.62918 per 100,000 People
(last recorded in 2020)

Average # of Violent Crimes for Dubuque County: About 210.34 per 100,000 People
(last recorded in 2021)

Dubuque County is about 59% lower than the national average of about 4 homicides per 100,000 people, and about 27% lower than the national average of about 288 violent crimes per 100,000 people.


The Unemployment Rate for Dubuque is about 5%.

Iowa is ranked #35 out of 52 for Best and Worst States to Work in America, with an overall score of 27.78 out of 100.

35th out of 52

Wage Policies

Overall Wage Policy Score: 21.53

The average living wage for the state of Iowa is $31.31/hr, while the states minimum wage is $7.25/hr, which can be set above the state standard, and is extended to farm workers. This gives Iowa a minimum wage score of 6.78 compared to all other states.

The minimum wage for tipped employees is $4.35/hr, which gives Iowa a minimum wage for tipped employees score of 48.44 compared to all other states.

The weekly unemployment (UI) benefit for Iowa is $179.52, resulting in a UI benefit score of 26.72 compared to all other states.

Worker Protection Policies

Overall Worker Protection Score: 71.43
X Iowa does provide accommodations for pregnant workers.
X Iowa does offer protections for workplace breastfeeding.
Iowa does mandate equal pay across gender and race.
X Iowa does prohibit pay secrecy practices in the workplace.
X Iowa does restrict access to salary history to reduce gender and racial bias.
X Iowa does provide some form of paid family leave.
X Iowa does provide some form of paid sick leave.
X Iowa does not provide flexible scheduling of worker shifts.
X Iowa does not mandate pay reporting or "call-in" pay by employers.
X Iowa does not provide split shift pay regulation.
X Iowa does not provide workers advanced notice of shift scheduling.
Iowa does provide some form of sexual harassment protection in state law.
Iowa does extend workers compensation mandates to farmworkers.
X Iowa does not extend worker protections to domestic workers.

Right To Organize Policies

Overall Right To Organize Score: 70
X Iowa does not have a "right-to-work" law.
X Iowa does legalize project labor agreements to ensure a fair wage to workers on contract.
X Iowa does not protect workers against wage theft retaliation.
Iowa does partially require collective bargaining for public workers.
Iowa does provide collective bargaining for teachers.
Iowa does provide wage negotiations for teachers.
Data from Oxfam America, Inc.
A global organization that fights inequality to end poverty and injustice.

Nearby Location

Additional Location Details

Zip Code(s): 52001, 52002, 52003, 52004, 52099 (5 Total Zip Codes)
Latitude: 42.500200
Longitude: -90.707000
TimeZone: Central (GMT -06:00)
Daylight Saving: Yes
Region: Midwest
Average Elevation: 780.9 ft.
Area Code(s): 563

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