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Dyersville, Iowa
Location in Dubuque County and Iowa
Location in Dubuque County and Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
Counties Dubuque, Delaware
 • City 6.90 sq mi (17.86 km2)
 • Land 6.85 sq mi (17.74 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.12 km2)  0.18%
951 ft (290 m)
 • City 4,477
 • Density 653.77/sq mi (252.42/km2)
 • Metro
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 563
FIPS code 19-23115
GNIS feature ID 0456086
Western Dubuque High School marching band, Dyersville, Iowa

Dyersville is a city in eastern Delaware County and western Dubuque County in the U.S. state of Iowa. It is part of the Dubuque, Iowa, Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 4,477 at the time of the 2020 census, up from 4,035 in 2000.


Dyersville was laid out in 1851. It was named for early landowner James Dyer.



Dyersville is located at 42°28′53″N 91°7′15″W / 42.48139°N 91.12083°W / 42.48139; -91.12083 (42.481316, -91.120967), along the North Fork of the Maquoketa River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.64 square miles (14.61 km2), of which, 5.63 square miles (14.58 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.


Population history of Dyersville, Iowa (1940-2006).
North Fork Maquoketa River
The North Fork of the Maquoketa River at Dyersville in 1996
Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1880 975 —    
1890 1,272 +30.5%
1900 1,323 +4.0%
1910 1,511 +14.2%
1920 1,933 +27.9%
1930 2,046 +5.8%
1940 2,138 +4.5%
1950 2,416 +13.0%
1960 2,818 +16.6%
1970 3,437 +22.0%
1980 3,825 +11.3%
1990 3,696 −3.4%
2000 4,035 +9.2%
2010 4,058 +0.6%
2020 4,477 +10.3%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
U.S. Decennial Census
The population of Dyersville, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 4,058 people, 1,700 households, and 1,102 families living in the city. The population density was 720.8 inhabitants per square mile (278.3/km2). There were 1,808 housing units at an average density of 321.1 per square mile (124.0/km2). The racial makup of the city was 97.6% White, 0.9% African American, 0.2% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.3%.

Of the 1,700 households 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.3% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.2% were non-families. 29.9% of households were one person and 14.2% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.94.

The median age was 40.6 years. 24.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.4% were from 25 to 44; 24.6% were from 45 to 64; and 19.6% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.5% male and 51.5% female.


Dyersville is a thriving farming city with a long history. It is nicknamed "The Farm Toy Capital of the World" because it hosts a farm toy show the first weekend in June and the National Farm Toy Show the first weekend in November. It is also the longtime home of the Ertl Company, a maker of die-cast farm toys. Multiple local businesses are based on this part of its economy.


Primary and secondary schools

Beckman Catholic High School - panoramio
Beckman Catholic High School

All public school students living in Dyersville are zoned to schools in the Western Dubuque Community School District. Elementary school students attend Dyersville Elementary School (in Dyersville) for grades K-5. Dyersville Elementary opened in 2011. As of 2020 it has about 292 students. Middle school students are zoned to Drexler Middle School (in Farley), and high school students are zoned to Western Dubuque High School in Epworth.

The Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville.

Dyersville also has private schools. Parochial school students attend St. Francis Xavier Elementary School for grades PreK-6 (enrollment 420), then go to Beckman Catholic High School for grades 7-12 (enrollment 280), both of which are in Dyersville. These schools are affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church, and are a part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dubuque.

Public libraries

James Kennedy Public Library - panoramio
James Kennedy Public Library

The municipal public library is the James Kennedy Public Library. In 1956 the city council proposed a standalone library to replace the collection at city hall, and on September 11, 1959 it was dedicated. In 1970 a children's library area was placed in a former fire station. The current library was formally named after its benefactor on March 1, 2001 and broke ground on April 1, 2001.

Notable people

  • George Strock (Photographer)
  • Robert Osterhaus (Politician)
  • Rudolph Gerken (Roman Catholic Archbishop)

See also

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