Dubuque, IA
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Dubuque is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 58,799 people and 19 constituent neighborhoods, Dubuque is the ninth largest community in Iowa. Dubuque has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, 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 (13.87%), sales jobs (11.44%), and food service (8.24%).

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.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 15.94 minutes getting to work every day.

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: 29.90% of adults in Dubuque have a college degree.

The per capita income in Dubuque in 2010 was $24,937, which is middle income relative to Iowa and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $99,748 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, French , and Norwegian.

The most common language spoken in Dubuque is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Pacific Island languages.