DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) – If you take a walk around Dubuque, there seems to be development projects happening on every street corner. However, data from the U.S. Census Bureau suggests that people may be packing their bags and leaving the city.
While Dubuque has seen consistent growth over the last decade, last year its population decreased. The report shows that smaller cities west of Dubuque, such as Asbury and Peosta, have significant growth to their populations.
And while the numbers can be alarming to some people, City Manager, Mike Van Milligan, said that the report is not going to affect any of the city’s projects.
“If there’s a blip in one year, then you pay attention to it because you want to make sure it doesn’t become a trend,” sain Van Milligan. “But the trend is that the population is going up.”
Earlier this week, the city revealed their 20 year plan: “Imagine Dubuque.” The city gathered suggestions from residents to learn more about what changes they would like to see.
“Because the best way to create an equitable city of choice is to do what people would like to see happen.”
The plan includes strengthening the local economy, improving neighborhoods and providing better public transportation.
The city also expects to see more changes with the opening of the Southwest Arterial. Van Milligan said that its opening would create a new corridor within the city and allow for more development projects.
“It will help the city develop more. And it will also help that corridor develop more.”