Dubuque is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 58,531 people and 19 constituent neighborhoods, Dubuque is the ninth largest community in Iowa. Much of the housing stock in Dubuque was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Dubuque is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Dubuque is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Dubuque who work in office and administrative support (13.76%), sales jobs (11.22%), and food service (7.97%).
Also of interest is that Dubuque has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Dubuque spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 15.92 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Dubuque is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Dubuque area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
In terms of college education, Dubuque is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 29.72% of adults in Dubuque have a college degree.
The per capita income in Dubuque in 2010 was $25,554, which is middle income relative to Iowa and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $102,216 for a family of four. However, Dubuque contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Dubuque home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Dubuque residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Dubuque include Irish, English, Norwegian, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Dubuque is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Pacific Island languages.