Get to know Dubuque

Welcome to Dubuque, IA


Dubuque, Iowa
The first city in Iowa
Dubuque is...

Home to over 62,000 residents and located in Dubuque County, which has a population of nearly 90,000 people.  Dubuque is located on the banks of the Mississippi River where Iowa meets southwest Wisconsin and northwest Illinois.  Dubuque is the 7th largest city in Iowa, and the oldest west of the Mississippi River.

Dubuque is a historic community with lots of charm and  character.  Situated in the scenic, natural location along the Mississippi river. Dubuque has many hills and victorian architecture, and is sometimes compared to San Francisco.  Dubuque was settled in 1788 by French traveler and fur trader Julien Dubuque.

Dubuque was a center for mining, fur trading, agriculture, and steam boating.  More recently, the Dubuque area has witnessed further growth in the software industry, printing, publishing, as well as manufacturing of medical products, heavy equipment, toys, furniture, and various industrial products.  

Dubuque has recently received some very nice awards.  In 2019 Dubuque was named an All-American City for the 5th time in 12 years.   In 2017 Dubuque was ranked among 30 Best Small Cities in the US.  Other awards include Most Livable small city in the U.S., Biggest Mover, and 100 best communities.  Dubuque was one of five communities out of 240 applicants to receive the Great American Main Street Award from the National Trust for Historical Preservation.  It also has been named one of the best communities for Musical Education and Best Green Places.

Some of the many Dubuque attractions include, the 4th street elevator, historic shot tower, the National River Museum and Aquaruim, riverboat access, casino gambling, skiing, hiking, biking, restaurants and supper clubs, arts and entertainment and so much more.