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June 2015 Policy Study, Number 15-6

   

The Nanny State Is Expanding And Private-Property Rights Are Decreasing

   

Background on the City of Dubuque

   

 

The city of Dubuque is not a bastion of upper-middle-class elites.  It is a pretty generic, mid-sized old Iowa river town.  The population in 2010 was 57,532 and has increased slightly over the last few years, following several years of decline – as has the overall Iowa population.  The age demographics skew older – as does much of Iowa.  The median income is lower than Iowa overall, at $44,600 compared to $51, 843.[24] 

 

The number of children in their schools is stable or declining – as in much of Iowa.  And finally, the racial mix of the population is over 90 percent white – as it is in most of Iowa.  The city is slightly older and poorer than Dubuque County as a whole.  Fewer people own their own homes, and more people live in apartments than in the county.  These numbers – population, age, income, children, and race – have all been pretty steady in Dubuque and Iowa for many, many years.  The following table outlines this data.

 

Population Demographics 2010

Dubuque City

Dubuque County

State of Iowa

Population, 2010

57,532

93,653

3,046,869

Under 18 Years

21.4%

23.1%

23.4%

65 and Over

16.5%

15.9%

15.6%

White

91.7%

94.1%

92.5%

Black/African American

4.0%

2.8%

3.3%

American Indian

0.3%

0.3%

0.5%

Asian

1.1%

1.2%

2.0%

Native Hawaiian

0.5%

0.3%

0.1%

Housing Units, 2013

25,029

39,988

1,349,617

Homeownership Rate, 2009 - 2013

64.3%

73.0%

72.2%

Multi-Unit Housing Units

30.7%

22.0%

18.4%

Median Household Income, 2009 - 2013

$44,599

$51,475

$51,843

Persons Below Poverty Level, 2009-2013

14.0%

10.9%

12.4%

Source:  Dubuque (city) Iowa, Quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/19/1922395.html

 

But HUD has decided that this must change, not only in the greater Dubuque area, which now includes Chicago and Milwaukee – but in all of the United States.  As a result in the summer of 2013 HUD proposed, as discussed before, the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule.  This rule has gone through the proposal and comment stages and is now in final review.  They anticipate issuing a final rule later in 2015.

 

Under the guise of ensuring equity and fairness, the AFFH will force small cities and towns and rural areas surrounding major population centers to analyze their population demographics, determine what the groups are missing in comparison to the total population of the regional area, and develop plans – much like those being foisted on Dubuque – to address these inequities and recruit people from the missing demographic groups to their areas.  This regulation will impact not only Dubuque, but Clinton, Davenport, and Burlington, to name just a few of the Iowa towns in the greater Chicago area.

 

   

 

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