Demographics

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

  2020 Estimate 2010 Actual 2000
Population 99,266 93,653 89,143
Percent of increase from 2000 11.31% 5.06%  

 

Below figures are 2019 Five-year Estimates from the Census American Community Survey.

General Characteristics

  Number Percent U.S.
Total population 96,982 (2019 Estimate)    
Male 47,818 49.3 49.2
Female 49,164 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 41,299    
Occupied housing units 38,210    
Owner-occupied units 28,023 73.3 64.0
Renter-occupied units 10,187 26.7 36.0

 

Educational Attainment

  Number Percent U.S.
Percent high school graduate or higher   92.7% 88.0%
Percent bachelor's degree or higher   30.8% 32.1%
Less than 9th grade 1,442 2.2% 5.1%
9th to 12th grade, no diploma 3,289 5.1% 6.9%
High school graduate 21,221 32.7% 27.0%
Some college, no degree 12,668 19.5% 20.4%
Associate degree 6,287 9.7% 8.5%
Bachelor's degree 12,828 19.8% 19.8%
Graduate or professional degree 7,119 11.0% 12.4%

 

National Rankings (U.S. News, 2021) 

  Number
Overall State Ranking (1 = best) 12th
Opportunity (1 = best) 1st

 

Economic Characteristics

  Number Percent U.S.
In labor force (age 16 and over) 52,649 68.0 63.4
Mean travel time to work (minutes) 16.7   26.9
Median household income (dollars) 63,031   62,843
Median family income (dollars) 79,655   77,263
Per capita income (dollars) 32,905   34,103
Familes below poverty level   6.8 9.5
Individuals below poverty level   11.4 13.4

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%) 90.0% 123.9% 107.2% 105.1%
Grocery 97.8% 107.2% 109.3% 102.6%
Housing 74.0% 163.0% 109.3% 103.1%
Utilities 103.6% 92.7% 99.9% 97.3%
Transportation 89.6% 113.6% 102.7% 100.5%
Health 103.7% 98.9% 123.6% 102.2%
Miscellaneous 94.1% 113.9% 105.7% 111.2%

Source:  Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) Cost of Living Index, 2020 Annual Averages