If you are looking for a place to move, but don’t think Iowa is appealing, you might want to consider Dubuque, and more specifically, downtown Dubuque, Iowa.

Dubuque is far from the flat farm land that you might think of when you think of Iowa.

Dubuque, Iowa is built into the limestone bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River in the heart of the Upper Mississippi River Valley and was ranked the third most beautiful place to live in the United States by USA Today Magazine.

In 2009 IBM chose Dubuque to locate a 1,300 employee Information Technology Service Center in a downtown office building that is on the National Historic Register. In a 5 year study, Dubuque was selected as the #1 mid-sized city in the country for high tech output. Dubuque was also selected as the #1 city for housing affordablity. In 2007, Dubuque was named an All-America City by the National Civic League and again in 2013.

The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, the Dubuque Art Museum, the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, three community theaters, USHL Hockey in a new 3.200 seat arena, 1.6 million visitors per year, numerous festivals, two new casinos built at a cost of over $150 million, and the activites from several colleges provides abundant access to cultural and entertainment activities.

If you want more, 2.9 million people live within 100 miles in college towns like Madison, Wisconsin and Iowa City, Iowa. Chicago,Illinois and Milwaukee,Wisconsin are three hours away and a little farther is Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota.

Dubuque has sustainability as its #1 policy priority defined as a livable, viable, and equitable community with environmental/ecological integrity, economic prosperity and social/cultural vibrancy.

Dubuque has hundreds of acres of parks, miles of scenic bike trails and is bordered by the Mines of Spain State Park and the Upper Mississippi River National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. Dubuque is a Masterpiece on the Mississippi.

So, if you are looking for a great place to raise a family, consider Dubuque. The schools are very good, the city is clean, the crime rate is low and the cost of living is incredibly affordable.

Up and coming downtown residential areas include Historic Upper Main, the Historic Millwork District, and Historic Old  Main.