Dubuque County, IA

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Population
96,802
0.239% 1-year growth
US Senator
Chuck Grassley
Republican Party
US Senator
Joni Ernst
Republican Party
Median Age
38.5

Poverty Rate
11.7%

Median Household Income
$61,321
3.67% 1-year growth
Median Property Value
$160,900
2.35% 1-year growth
Number of Employees
50,388
0.77% 1-year decline

About

In 2018, Dubuque County, IA had a population of 96.8k people with a median age of 38.5 and a median household income of $61,321. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Dubuque County, IA grew from 96,571 to 96,802, a 0.239% increase and its median household income grew from $59,150 to $61,321, a 3.67% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Dubuque County, IA are White (Non-Hispanic) (91.1%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (3.37%), White (Hispanic) (1.86%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.34%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.2%). 0% of the people in Dubuque County, IA speak a non-English language, and 98.5% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Dubuque County, IA are University of Dubuque (533 degrees awarded in 2019), Loras College (448 degrees), and Clarke University (271 degrees).

In 2018, the median property value in Dubuque County, IA was $160,900, and the homeownership rate was 72.4%. Most people in Dubuque County, IA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 15.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Dubuque County, IA was 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Start Year
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-5.78%
Year-over-year decline
Employment change between November 2019 and November 2020

As of November 2020, there are 145M people employed in Iowa. This represents a -5.78% decrease in employment when compared to November 2019.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Iowa.

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Community Mobility

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Dubuque County, IA went to Donald J. Trump with 47.2% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (46%), followed by Other (6.86%). The most partisan county was Lyon County, IA with 81.4% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst are the senators currently representing the state of Iowa. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Iowa is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Dubuque County, IA
47.2% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Iowa
  1. 81.4% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 81.3% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 78.8% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Iowa was Lyon County, IA with 81.4% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Iowa colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Iowa

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Chuck Grassley
Senator from Iowa3
Assumed office on January 3, 1981
Joni Ernst
Senator from Iowa2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst are the senators currently representing Iowa.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Iowa over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Iowa

Iowa is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Iowa have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Diversity

Dubuque County, IA is home to a population of 96.8k people, from which 98.5% are citizens. As of 2018, 2.73% of Dubuque County, IA residents were born outside of the country (2.65k people).

In 2018, there were 27 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (88.2k people) in Dubuque County, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.26k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.8k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Dubuque County, IA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    88.2k ± 74
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    3.26k ± 160
  3. White (Hispanic)
    1.8k ± 184
2.39%
Hispanic Population
2.32k people

In 2018, there were 27 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (88.2k people) in Dubuque County, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.26k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.8k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.39% of the people in Dubuque County, IA are hispanic (2.32k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Dubuque County, IA as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.73%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
2.65k people
2.64%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
2.55k people

As of 2018, 2.73% of Dubuque County, IA residents (2.65k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Dubuque County, IA was 2.64%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

39
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.4
34
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 1.5

In 2018, the median age of all people in Dubuque County, IA was 38.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 39, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 34. But people in Dubuque County, IA are getting getting younger. In 2017, the average age of all Dubuque County, IA residents was 39.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    42,002 ± 4,998 people
  2. India
    10,599 ± 2,523 people
  3. China
    9,583 ± 2,400 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Iowa was Mexico, the natal country of 42,002 Iowa residents, followed by India with 10,599 and China with 9,583.

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Citizenship

98.5%
2018 Citizenship
98.5%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 98.5% of Dubuque County, IA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Dubuque County, IA was 98.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    2,109 ± 202
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    715 ± 162
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    626 ± 139

Dubuque County, IA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.95 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Dubuque County, IA is $61,321. In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Dubuque County, IA was Census Tract 102.01 with a value of $100,679, followed by Census Tract 101.04 and Census Tract 106, with respective values of $96,012 and $83,636.

Males in Iowa have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,610. The income inequality in Iowa (measured using the Gini index) is 0.442, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Dubuque County, IA employs 50.4k people. The largest industries in Dubuque County, IA are Manufacturing (8,232 people), Retail Trade (6,870 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (6,755 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($118,068), Utilities ($75,764), and Public Administration ($59,375).

Wages

Median Household Income

$61,321
2018 value
± $1,092
3.67%
1 Year Growth
± 2.71%

Households in Dubuque County, IA have a median annual income of $61,321, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $59,150 in 2017, which represents a 3.67% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,795
Average Male Salary in Iowa
± $1,739
$46,610
Average Female Salary in Iowa
± $1,263

In 2019, full-time male employees in Iowa made 1.35 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Iowa by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Iowa
  1. Asian
    $49,650 ± $7,144
  2. White
    $48,053 ± $1,042
  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races
    $41,188 ± $22,357

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Iowa workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.03 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Iowa.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Dubuque County, IA is from Iowa.
0.442
2019 Wage GINI in Iowa
0.443
2018 Wage GINI in Iowa

In 2019, the income inequality in Iowa was 0.442 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.107% decline from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Iowa was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Iowa in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Iowa across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 102.01
  2. Census Tract 101.04
  3. Census Tract 106

In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Dubuque County, IA was Census Tract 102.01 with a value of $100,679, followed by Census Tract 101.04 and Census Tract 106, with respective values of $96,012 and $83,636.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Dubuque County, IA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

11.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Dubuque County, IA (10.9k out of 92.9k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 75+ and then Males 18 - 24.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. White
    8,470 ± 571
  2. Black
    1,601 ± 303
  3. Hispanic
    586 ± 161

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Dubuque County, IA is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

50.4k
2018 Value
± 1,193
-0.77%
1 Year decline
± 3.41%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Dubuque County, IA declined at a rate of -0.77%, from 50.8k employees to 50.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Dubuque County, IA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,303 people), Sales & Related Occupations (5,449 people), and Management Occupations (4,687 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Dubuque County, IA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Dubuque County, IA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,303 people), Sales & Related Occupations (5,449 people), and Management Occupations (4,687 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Dubuque County, IA has an unusually high number of residents working as Material Moving Occupations (1.44 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (1.35 times), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations (1.32 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Dubuque County, IA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($76,471), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($74,141), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($66,860).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

50.4k
2018 Value
± 1,193
-0.77%
1 Year decline
± 3.41%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Dubuque County, IA declined at a rate of -0.77%, from 50.8k employees to 50.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Dubuque County, IA, are Manufacturing (8,232 people), Retail Trade (6,870 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (6,755 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Dubuque County, IA, though some of these residents may live in Dubuque County, IA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Dubuque County, IA, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (8,232 people), Retail Trade (6,870 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (6,755 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Dubuque County, IA has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (1.62 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.55 times), and Finance & Insurance (1.34 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Dubuque County, IA, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($118,068), Utilities ($75,764), and Public Administration ($59,375).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Iowa to other states, or from other states to Iowa.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $24.8B
  2. $18.8B
  3. $18.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Iowa product (by dollars) was Cereal grains with $24.8B, followed by Machinery ($18.8B) and Other ag prods. ($18.2B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Iowa products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$245B
2015 Value in Iowa
$363B
Projected 2045 Value in Iowa
47.9% growth

In 2015, total outbound Iowa trade was $245B. This is expected to increase 47.9% to $363B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Iowa trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Iowa to other states, or from other states to Iowa.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $26.2B
  2. $16.1B
  3. $11.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Iowa domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $26.2B, followed by Minnesota with $16.1B and Nebraska and $11.4B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Iowa shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Education

In 2019, universities in Dubuque County, IA awarded 1,551 degrees. The student population of Dubuque County, IA is skewed towards women, with 2,574 male students and 2,652 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Dubuque County, IA are White (1,197 and 80.1%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (91 and 6.09%), Black or African American (77 and 5.15%), and Unknown (57 and 3.81%).

The largest universities in Dubuque County, IA by number of degrees awarded are University of Dubuque (533 and 34.4%), Loras College (448 and 28.9%), and Clarke University (271 and 17.5%).

The most popular majors in Dubuque County, IA are General Business Administration & Management (151 and 9.74%), Biblical Studies (102 and 6.58%), and Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations (87 and 5.61%).

The median tuition costs in Dubuque County, IA are $33,500 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 60 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 136 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 76 degree-majorss awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Dubuque County, IA was Elementary Education & Teaching with 60 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Dubuque County, IA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 533 degrees awarded
  2. 448 degrees awarded
  3. 271 degrees awarded
$N/A
Median In-State Public
$33,500
Median Private

In 2019, the Dubuque County, IA institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Dubuque with 533 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

627
Degrees Awarded to Men
924
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 627 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Dubuque County, IA, which is 0.679 times less than the 924 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,197 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    91 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    77 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Dubuque County, IA was White students. These 1,197 degrees mean that there were 13.2 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 91 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Dubuque County, IA was $160,900 in 2018, which is 0.7 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $157,200 to $160,900, a 2.35% increase. The homeownership rate in Dubuque County, IA is 72.4%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Dubuque County, IA have an average commute time of 15.6 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Dubuque County, IA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$160,900
2018 Median
± $2,507
$157,200
2017 Median
± $2,835

In 2018, the median property value in Dubuque County, IA grew to to $160,900 from the previous year's value of $157,200.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Dubuque County, IA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Dubuque County, IA the largest share of households have a property value in the $125k - $150k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$61,321
Median Household Income
± $1,092
38.3k
Number of Households
± 1,043

In 2018, the median household income of the 38.3k households in Dubuque County, IA grew to $61,321 from the previous year's value of $59,150.

The following chart displays the households in Dubuque County, IA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Dubuque County, IA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Dubuque County, IA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

72.4%
2018 Homeownership
72.2%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 72.4% of the housing units in Dubuque County, IA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 72.2%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Dubuque County, IA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

15.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Dubuque County, IA have a shorter commute time (15.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.3 minutes). Additionally, 1.46% of the workforce in Dubuque County, IA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2018
  1. Drove Alone (82.9%)
  2. Carpooled (7.5%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.06%)

In 2018, 82.9% of workers in Dubuque County, IA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (7.5%) and those who worked at home (4.06%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Dubuque County, IA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Dubuque County, IA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Health

96.2% of the population of Dubuque County, IA has health coverage, with 58% on employee plans, 11.6% on Medicaid, 12.4% on Medicare, 13% on non-group plans, and 1.22% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Iowa was $8,200 in 2014. This is a 5.05% increase from the previous year ($7,806).

Primary care physicians in Dubuque County, IA see 1242 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.43% decrease from the previous year (1260 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1280 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 620 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Wayne County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (20.3%). Additionally, Wayne County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (48.6%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,242 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Dubuque County, IA

Primary care physicians in Dubuque County, IA see an average of 1,242 patients per year. This represents a 1.43% decrease from the previous year (1,260 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Dubuque County, IA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

Data is only available at the state level. Showing data for Iowa.
$8,200
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Iowa
$4,076
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$6,702
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$9,317
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Iowa (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.05%, from $7,806 to $8,200.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

3.78%
Uninsured
58%
Employer Coverage
11.6%
Medicaid
12.4%
Medicare
13%
Non-Group
1.22%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in Dubuque County, IA declined by 12.6% from 4.32% to 3.78%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Dubuque County, IA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 20.3% prevalence
  2. 19.5% prevalence
  3. 16.1% prevalence

Wayne County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Iowa, at 20.3%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Iowa by county over multiple years.

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