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Bernard, Iowa
Location of Bernard, Iowa
Location of Bernard, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Dubuque
 • Total 0.09 sq mi (0.24 km2)
 • Land 0.09 sq mi (0.24 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
919 ft (280 m)
 • Total 114
 • Density 1,239.13/sq mi (480.13/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 563
FIPS code 19-06085
GNIS feature ID 0454528

Bernard is a city in Dubuque County, Iowa, United States. The population was 114 in the 2020 census, an increase from the 97 population in 2000. Bernard is part of the Dubuque, Iowa Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Bernard's longitude and latitude coordinates
in decimal form are 42.313622, -90.831073.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.11 square miles (0.28 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 113
1910 95 −15.9%
1920 105 10.5%
1930 123 17.1%
1940 111 −9.8%
1950 149 34.2%
1960 173 16.1%
1970 148 −14.5%
1980 130 −12.2%
1990 123 −5.4%
2000 97 −21.1%
2010 112 15.5%
2020 114 1.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
The population of Bernard, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 112 people, 50 households, and 27 families living in the city. The population density was 1,018.2 inhabitants per square mile (393.1/km2). There were 56 housing units at an average density of 509.1 per square mile (196.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 100.0% White.

There were 50 households, of which 26.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.0% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.0% were non-families. 40.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 3.07.

The median age in the city was 32.5 years. 22.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.8% were from 25 to 44; 20.6% were from 45 to 64; and 18.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.8% male and 48.2% female.


Bernard is within the Western Dubuque Community School District. Zoned schools include Cascade Elementary School, and Cascade Junior-Senior High School, both in Cascade.

It was previously served by Bernard Elementary School, which was located next to the Bernard Commercial Club Park, on a 10-acre (4.0 ha) plot of land. It opened in 1960, had its current building open in 1963, and received an addition in 1967. Family sizes in the area decreased, and as years passed the enrollment grew smaller and smaller. By 2017 the school was sharing employees with Cascade Elementary, and was required to send students in kindergarten and the second grade to Cascade Elementary as the numbers of students from those grades were too small; Bernard Elementary had a total of 31 students. The district stated that the yearly cost of operating the school per student was $14,000. In February 2017 four members of the school board voted to close the school while Mark Knuth, the president of the school board, chose to abstain from voting. Students were reassigned to Cascade Elementary.

Notable people

  • Justin Albert Driscoll, (1920—1984) Roman Catholic bishop
  • Paul Vincent Donovan, (1924–2011) Roman Catholic bishop

See also

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