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Cascade, Iowa
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"The Place We Call Home"
Location in Iowa
Location in Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
Counties Dubuque, Jones
 • City 1.92 sq mi (4.97 km2)
 • Land 1.92 sq mi (4.97 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
827 ft (252 m)
 • City 2,386
 • Density 1,242.06/sq mi (479.65/km2)
 • Metro
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 563
FIPS code 19-11305
GNIS feature ID 0455196
Population history of Cascade, Iowa (1940-2006).

Cascade is a city in Dubuque and Jones counties, Iowa, United States. The Dubuque County portion is part of Dubuque Metropolitan Statistical Area, while the Jones County section is part of Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 2,386 at the 2020 census, up from 1,958 in 2000. The city is located within southwestern of Dubuque County and north-central Jones County.

Arguably the town's most notable historic event was the 1925 flood. Between 1880 and 1936, the town was connected to Bellevue via the Chicago, St. Paul & Milwaukee Railroad Company. It was Iowa's last narrow gauge railroad with a gauge of 3'. The roadbed curves and grades were considered too extreme for conversion to standard gauge

U.S. Route 151 runs through Cascade but in 2002, a four-lane bypass took traffic north around the city. Iowa Highway 136 runs from north to south through Cascade.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.87 square miles (4.84 km2), all of it land. The North Fork Maquoketa River passes through Cascade.

Cascade is 25 miles southwest of Dubuque.


Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1880 762 —    
1890 955 +25.3%
1900 1,266 +32.6%
1910 1,268 +0.2%
1920 1,249 −1.5%
1930 1,221 −2.2%
1940 1,376 +12.7%
1950 1,299 −5.6%
1960 1,601 +23.2%
1970 1,744 +8.9%
1980 1,912 +9.6%
1990 1,812 −5.2%
2000 1,958 +8.1%
2010 2,159 +10.3%
2020 2,386 +10.5%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
U.S. Decennial Census
The population of Cascade, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,159 people, 880 households, and 578 families living in the city. The population density was 1,154.5 inhabitants per square mile (445.8/km2). There were 974 housing units at an average density of 520.9 per square mile (201.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.2% White, 0.4% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 2.5% from other races, and 0.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.6% of the population.

There were 880 households, of which 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.4% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.3% were non-families. 29.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.99.

The median age in the city was 38.7 years. 26.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24% were from 25 to 44; 23.3% were from 45 to 64; and 19.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.0% male and 51.0% female.


Cascade's Baseball Field at Sunset

All public school students living in Cascade are zoned to schools in the Western Dubuque Community School District. Students first attend Cascade Elementary School for grades K-5, then the consolidated Cascade Junior-Senior High School for grades 6-12 (both in Cascade).

The Cascade Elementary building, on Highway 151, has a capacity of 420 students, and houses them in 14 general classrooms and two special education classrooms. In 1961, the school was constructed. In 1993 and 2002, it received additional space. In 2017, it had 282 students.

Cascade has a private school. Parochial school students attend Aquin Elementary School (in Cascade) for grades K-8, then Beckman High School (in Dyersville) for grades 9-12. These schools are affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church, and are a part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dubuque.

Notable people

  • Gary Dolphin, broadcast announcer for University of Iowa basketball and football
  • Red Faber, Chicago White Sox pitcher
  • Julie Hosch, farmer and Iowa state legislator
  • Loras Thomas Lane, Roman Catholic bishop
  • Greg McDermott, head men's basketball coach at Creighton University
  • William Menster, Roman Catholic priest
  • Jeremie Miller, founder of the Jabber project
  • Colin Rea, pitcher for the Chicago Cubs
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