Settled in 1788 by French Canadian fur trader and early entrepreneur Julien Dubuque, the city still embodies that wonderful sense of his progressive, 'on-the move' attitude. Grown from a vibrant river town since the early 1800s, Dubuque is now the eighth largest city in Iowa. Dubuque continues to embrace its small-town warmth and friendliness while providing all of the conveniences and advantages of city life.
With its serene, natural beauty and historic, Victorian charm, Dubuque continues the tradition of the first pioneers who settled among its inviting bluffs. In addition to being named an All-America City, Dubuque has also been recognized as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People, an Iowa Great Place, and one of the smartest Cities on the Planet.
In this section, you will find everything you need to call Dubuque home. You will find specific information about our city and county governments along with interesting facts about the area. You will also discover that you already have a knowledgeable best friend to help guide you with our exclusive Newcomer Services. So relax! You are not alone on this journey - you have a partner on the ground.