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Old 09-24-2011, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Marion, IA
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Well obviously youre not from Chicagoland and probably dont know about living in suburbs.

Col- west end of dubuque and chicago suburbs have similar cost of living especially when u look at cost of rent they are almost similar. And u can now get your own comfortable condo for less tha. $100,000.

Grocery u csn get cheaper too as long ad u dont shop at dominicks or whole foods.

Utilities like cable or internet are cheaper and better bc of competition.

Traffic- mainly only in The city and even then u can take subway.

From suburbs u can take Metra train and relax. Traffic there is really not bad unless you hit rush hour.


Crime- many northern neighborhoods and pparts of suburbs are safe.

Dubuque has unsafe and unplrasant downtown location. Yes housing there is chaper than on west end but u get what u pay for.

Plus nothing beats close access to major hghways and big citiea. Dubuque is located at least 1.5 h away from a major town.
I said Chicago, not Chicagoland . I agree the train systems in Chicago are great, but the traffic still sucks, even on the weekends. COL on north side of Chicago especially is much higher than anywhere else in the midwest, let alone a small town like Dubuque. Don't kid yourself.
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Old 09-24-2011, 11:20 AM
 
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COL is very high in downtown and Lincoln Park but when you look somewhere else (uptown, rogers park, west loop) it gets better. And avg min starting salary in accounting or IT (depends really on profession) starts higher, at 40k versus dbq 30k.

But compare prices of housing in DuPuage county (as long as its not naperville/oakbrook and its only 20 miles away from city) and u can see rents in dubuque are too high, especially the more decent one on west side.

Btw in IA, doesn't CR or QDC have similar cost of living? If yes, DBQ is ripoff, especially since there is more stuff to do there, its a lot closer to Iowa City, let alone its directly by interstate highways and its only 2 hr to chicago from there (vs over 3h from DBQ bc of contry road, small towns, hills, etc).
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Old 02-05-2012, 07:23 PM
 
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more to do in Dubuque? Are you serious? NOT
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Old 02-05-2012, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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more to do in Dubuque? Are you serious? NOT
What he said was if Cedar Rapids and the Quad Cities have a similar cost of living then Dubuque is a rip off, as the two larger cities have more to do.
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:50 PM
 
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What he said was if Cedar Rapids and the Quad Cities have a similar cost of living then Dubuque is a rip off, as the two larger cities have more to do.
Correct, these two cities have more to offer for all sorts of people than Dubuque.

Davenport has easy access to Chicago via I-88, unlike Dupuke where u have no choice but US-20 that stretches one lane one way from Galena to Freeport. Thats freaking long section and very inconvenient and dangerous.

Davenport area has more often some music, theater or comedy show events u will find on ticketmaster or stubhub than DBQ with its country festivals.

Iowa City has better grocery stores, better housing developments, better gyms (real gyms, not some small wannabe anytime fitness)

And if you're into staying up to date with technology don't move to DUBUQUE! Till this date, DBQ has no 4G LTE from Verizon, it never had Wi-max from Sprint/Clearwire (well the whole Iowa), Qwest/Centurlink doesn't now have anything here faster than 7mb, youre stuck with Mediacom cable that has poor service.

And the worst part. Freight rail tracks go through downtown in Dubuque. So eveynight you won't easily fall asleep due to train sirens. Dubuque doesn't not have any quiet zones for trains.
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Old 02-08-2012, 08:04 AM
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Location: The Valley of the Sun
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I have several gay friends and can say Des moines has a lot to offer them!
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Old 02-11-2012, 08:14 PM
 
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You kind of lost me by whining that Dubuque has no spicy food, and that you miss Chipotle. You do realize that Chipotle is a Mc Donald's for modern day yupppies who think it's Mexican, right? Iowa has always had plenty of authentic Mexican restaurants due to the migrant workers who settled there. Why does it concern you that people will think you're gay? You said you were.

It never fails to amaze me that people move to an area fairly different than what they are used to and then whine that they don't fit in. Next time you're in NotChipotle, ask for a bottle of Tabasco.
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Old 02-12-2012, 04:33 PM
 
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I have been in Dubuque a long time and have given up on a lot of restaurants. Seems like I have a good meal and next time I go it is so so. I don't know if it is a staffing issue or they are cutting corners to increase profits/stay afloat in a very tough business.

Jasper Hobbs
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Old 04-21-2012, 05:45 AM
 
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Navite of Dubuque. Lived 25 years in San Bernardino county, California. Hated the scenery there and fast pace. Couldn't wait to move back home. Have all 4 seasons, and see the beautiful trees back here with the Mississippi River. People in Iowa are friendlier than CA!
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Old 04-22-2012, 04:54 PM
 
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Navite of Dubuque. Lived 25 years in San Bernardino county, California. Hated the scenery there and fast pace. Couldn't wait to move back home. Have all 4 seasons, and see the beautiful trees back here with the Mississippi River. People in Iowa are friendlier than CA!
Don't you think people are friendlier because you moved to smaller town? Where everyone has to know each other? There is a big difference between 50,000 town and 3 million city or 9 million metro area. And maybe also people are friendlier because they already know you , kind of like family? Can't be same said for a new big place like LA. Of course no one there walking on street will nod to you.
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