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Farley, Iowa
"Heart of the Cornbelt"
Location in the State of Iowa
Location in the State of Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Dubuque
Incorporated June 23, 1879
 • City 1.62 sq mi (4.19 km2)
 • Land 1.62 sq mi (4.19 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,119 ft (341 m)
 • City 1,766
 • Density 1,090.12/sq mi (421.48/km2)
 • Metro
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 563
FIPS code 19-26760
GNIS feature ID 0456539
Main Street, Farley, Iowa, 1898

Farley is a city in Dubuque County, Iowa, United States. It is part of the Dubuque, Iowa Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,766 at the time of the 2020 census, up from 1,334 in 2000. Farley is the sixth-largest city in Dubuque County.

Farley is home to a 3/8 mile dirt race track, 300 Raceway.


Farley had its start in the 1850s the building of the Dubuque and Sioux City Railroad through that territory. Farley was named for the superintendent of the Sioux City Railroad.


Farley is located at 42°26′38″N 91°0′34″W / 42.44389°N 91.00944°W / 42.44389; -91.00944 (42.443999, -91.009385).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.85 square miles (4.79 km2), all of it land.


Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1880 471 —    
1890 582 +23.6%
1900 513 −11.9%
1910 676 +31.8%
1920 651 −3.7%
1930 657 +0.9%
1940 739 +12.5%
1950 745 +0.8%
1960 920 +23.5%
1970 1,096 +19.1%
1980 1,287 +17.4%
1990 1,348 +4.7%
2000 1,334 −1.0%
2010 1,537 +15.2%
2020 1,766 +14.9%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
U.S. Decennial Census
The population of Farley, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,537 people, 575 households, and 425 families residing in the city. The population density was 830.8 inhabitants per square mile (320.8/km2). There were 586 housing units at an average density of 316.8 per square mile (122.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 99.3% White, 0.1% African American, 0.3% from other races, and 0.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.0% of the population.

There were 575 households, of which 40.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.4% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 26.1% were non-families. 22.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.15.

The median age in the city was 33.8 years. 29.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.1% were from 25 to 44; 23.7% were from 45 to 64; and 10.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.3% male and 50.7% female.


All public school students living in Farley are zoned to schools in the Western Dubuque Community School District. Elementary school students are zoned to Drexler Elementary School (in Farley) for grades K-5. Middle school students are zoned to Drexler Middle School (also in Farley), and high school students are zoned to Western Dubuque High School, which is in nearby Epworth.

Wayne Drexler Elementary opened in 1993.

Like many other rural communities in Iowa, Farley also has a private school. Seton Catholic Elementary School- Farley is one of three buildings that comprise Seton Catholic Elementary School, and is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dubuque. For grades 1–2, students go to the building in Epworth, for grades 3–5, students attend the building in Peosta, Iowa, and for grades 6–8, students go to the building in Farley. For high school, parochial students attend Beckman High School in Dyersville, Iowa or Wahlert High School in Dubuque, Iowa.

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