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View Poll Results: Dubuque, Iowa or Rome, Georgia
Dubuque, Iowa 10 55.56%
Rome, Georgia 8 44.44%
Voters: 18. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-25-2011, 11:28 PM
 
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Dubuque, Iowa vs Rome, Georgia

I was surprised when I witness a recent thread of Chicago vs Rome, Georgia. Seeing that Rome, Georgia faired more closely than I would have guessed I decided to start a new thread comparing Rome, Georgia to Dubuque, Iowa.
Dubuque, Iowa
Dubuque, Iowa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Rome, Georgia
Rome, Georgia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 05-25-2011, 11:38 PM
 
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COL- Rome
QOL- Dubuque
Location- Dubuque
Infrastructure- Dubuque
Higher education- Dubuque
Education (K-12)- Dubuque
Architecture- Tie
Safety- Dubuque
Weather- Dubuque
Sports- Dubuque
Food- Dubuque
Local culture- Dubuque
History- Rome
Entertainment- Dubuque
Opportunity- Dubuque
What you overall prefer- Dubuque
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Old 05-26-2011, 01:27 AM
 
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I think they are both beautiful cities and could never chose between them.
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Old 05-26-2011, 11:15 AM
 
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I was just in Dubuque about 6 months ago. It's a very scenic and pretty city, also a lot more historic than I'd thought. Huge hills and bluffs, lots of nice views out over the Mississippi River valley. Not very big, only about 100,000 in the area, but very safe, excellent schools, low unemployment and the people seemed happy. Nice development downtown with the aquarium, convention center, resort/water park, new restaurants and the casino.
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Old 05-27-2011, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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I was just in Dubuque about 6 months ago. It's a very scenic and pretty city, also a lot more historic than I'd thought. Huge hills and bluffs, lots of nice views out over the Mississippi River valley. Not very big, only about 100,000 in the area, but very safe, excellent schools, low unemployment and the people seemed happy. Nice development downtown with the aquarium, convention center, resort/water park, new restaurants and the casino.
Agree
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Old 05-27-2011, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Interesting comparison.

I've never been to Dubuque but visited Rome for the first time a few months ago. It's a nice quaint little town nestled in the Appalachian foothills. Here are some pics I took while there:
That is more or less what Dubuque looks like too.
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Old 05-27-2011, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Rome, Georgia
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I'll take this one seriously

COL- Rome, Georgia
QOL- Given my preference for humidity and mild winters, Rome, Georgia
Location- See above, Rome, Georgia
Infrastructure- Dubuque, Iowa. Rome was founded in 1834, and still has much of it's original sewer system, not to mention repeated flooding before the levees were built caused the townsfolk to raise the downtown area up a full story from where it was. Also, a main concern of mine in Rome is the lack of any buried cable. We lose power generally everytime there is a storm, and plus it is the most unsightly thing in the city IMO.
Higher education- Rome does well with Berry College, Shorter College, Georgia Highlands College, and Northwest Georgia Technical College. However, Dubuque's 5 colleges make this one a draw.
Education (K-12)- Also a draw. Rome scored number one in the state of Georgia last year for it's city schools, but Georgia's schools on average are lower ranked than Iowa's. That being said, Floyd County also has the Model. Pepperell, Armuchee, and Coosa districts around the city that are well ranked as well.
Architecture- Draw. Dubuque has a very nice looking historical area.
Safety- Dubuque. There is a significant crime rate in Rome.
Weather- Rome. I hate that white stuff that falls from the sky in the alien lands.
Sports- Dubuque. Rome has single A Braves, Shorter Hawks, and Berry Vikings, but only Shorter has football, besides a huge high school following. Plus, Dubuque has a hockey team!
Food- Rome. I love good southern cooking.
Local culture- Rome. 1st Symphony Orchestra in the South, regular theater, plenty of art galleries and local musician/poetry guilds. Might be being unfair to Dubuque, because I can't really speak from a lot of experience. Passed through there a couple of times is all.
History- Rome.
Entertainment- Rome. I was going to call it a draw until I thought about the local outdoor opportunities around Rome.
Opportunity- Dubuque. The economy is struggling pretty badly right now in Rome.
What you overall prefer- Obviously Rome, as I am from Rome, and could move to Dubuque if I felt like it.

Fun to see my hometown in a thread like this! Thanks for the pics too! Wish I had some ready for uploading. Perhaps I have a new task for this weekend?

In keeping with my belligerent attitude from my Chicago thread however, I have to finally declare that this is a ridiculous comparison and that Rome obviously wins by a nearly infinite margin. All in fun my good friends!
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Old 05-28-2011, 01:03 AM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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I almost went to college at the University of Dubuque, but I decided to stick closer to home and attend WMU. I've never actually been to Dubuque, but it's amazing how many awards that city has won. Timeofseasons, does the city really live up to all the hype?

I've never been to Rome, either . . . .well, unless you count driving through it once as a kid.

From what little I know, they both sound like great small cities.
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Old 05-28-2011, 01:57 AM
 
Location: metro ATL
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That is more or less what Dubuque looks like too.
Interesting. I will say that downtown Rome did impress me for such a small city not on an interstate.
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Old 05-28-2011, 05:21 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I voted Rome because...

distance Rome to Atlanta: 125 miles.

distance Dubuque to Chicago: 327 miles.
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