Demographics

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Examine this demographic information to learn more about Dubuque's population.

  2019 Estimate 2010 Actual 2000
Population 97,311 93,653 89,143
Percent of increase from 2000 9.17% 5.06%  

 

Below figures are 2018 Five-year Estimates from the Census American Community Survey.

General Characteristics

  Number Percent U.S.
Total population 96,802 (2018 Estimate)    
Male 47,744 49.3 49.2
Female 49,058 50.7 50.8

 

Population by Age

  Number Percent U.S.
Median age 38.5   37.9
Under 5 years 6,121 6.3 6.1
5-19 years 19,523 20.2 19.3
20-44 years 29,300 30.3 33.3
45-64 years 25,514 26.3 26.0
65 years and better 16,644 16.9 15.2

 

Household Statistics

  Number   U.S.
Average household size 2.42   2.63

 

Housing Statistics

  Number Percent U.S.
Total housing units 41,065    
Occupied housing units 38,330    
Owner-occupied units 27,736 72.4 63.8
Renter-occupied units 10,594 27.6 36.2

 

Educational Attainment

  Number Percent U.S.
Percent high school graduate or higher   92.4% 87.7%
Percent bachelor's degree or higher   30.5% 31.5%
Less than 9th grade 1,499 2.3% 5.3%
9th to 12th grade, no diploma 3,412 5.3% 7.1%
High school graduate 21,282 33.0% 27.1%
Some college, no degree 12,773 19.8% 20.6%
Associate degree 5,930 9.2% 8.4%
Bachelor's degree 12,723 19.7% 19.4%
Graduate or professional degree 6,946 10.8% 12.1%

 

National Rankings (U.S. News, 2019) 

  Number
Overall State Ranking (1 = best) 14th
Opportunity (1 = best) 2nd
Education (1 = best) 9th

 

Economic Characteristics

  Number Percent U.S.
In labor force (age 16 and over) 52,592 68.2 63.3
Mean travel time to work (minutes) 16.2   26.6
Median household income (dollars) 61,321   60,293
Median family income (dollars) 76,319   73,965
Per capita income (dollars) 31,096   32,621
Familes below poverty level   7.2 10.1
Individuals below poverty level   11.7 14.1

To view additional census data, please visit www.census.gov. 

 

Cost of Living

Index (% Weight) Dubuque, IA Chicago, IL Madison, WI Minneapolis, MN
Composite (100%) 90.8% 123.2% 105.9% 106.3%
Grocery 101.1% 102.7% 105.4% 105.3%
Housing 72.3% 156.9% 109.1% 103.7%
Utilities 100.8% 93.0% 99.3% 97.5%
Transportation 96.8% 125.6% 103.6% 108.2%
Health 89.3% 101.8% 118.8% 105.9%
Miscellaneous 98.4% 112.4% 104.2% 110.8%

Source:  Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) Cost of Living Index, 2018 Annual Averages