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Dubuque is a city in the U.S. State of Iowa, located along the Mississippi River.
Its population was estimated at 57,696 in 2006, making it the eighth-largest city in the state.
It is the county seat of Dubuque County which has a population of 92,384.
The city lies at the junction of 3 states: Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin, a region locally known as the
Tri-State Area. It serves as the main commercial, industrial, educational, and cultural center for the area.
Dubuque is the oldest city in Iowa, and played a key role in the early settlement of the state, and the
For this reason, it is commonly called the "Key City."
Geographically, it is part of the Driftless Area, a portion of North America that escaped all three
phases of the Wisconsinian Glaciation.
Dubuque has a rich history and culture that gives it greater prominence than its size would suggest.
It is one of the few large cities in Iowa with hills, and is home to a large tourist industry,
driven by the city's unique architecture, and river location.
Also, it is home to 5 institutions of higher education, making it a center for culture and learning.
While Dubuque has long been a center of manufacturing, the economy has recently
witnessed rapid growth and diversification in other areas.
In 2005, it led the state and the Midwest in job growth, ranking as the 22nd fastest-growing economy nationally.
Today, alongside industry, the city has large health care, education, tourism, publishing,
and financial service sectors.
For all of the positive changes occurring, the city has recently received significant national
recognition on a variety of fronts.
In 2006, Money Magazine named Dubuque as having the shortest commute time of any city in
the nation at only 11.8 minutes.[
In March 2007, the city was recognized as one of the "100 Best Communities for Young People"
by the America's Promise Youth Foundation.
In April 2007, the city was voted 15th in the "Best Small Places For Business and Careers"
ranking by Forbes Magazine, climbing 60 spots from 2006.
And finally, in June 2007, Dubuque won the All-America City Award, one of 10 cities nationally to do so.
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