New Vienna, Iowa

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New Vienna is a city in Dubuque County, Iowa, United States. It is part of the Dubuque, Iowa Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 400 at the 2000 census. New Vienna is home to the Saint Boniface Catholic Church. The city promotes itself with the slogan The eNVy of Iowa.[1]



New Vienna is located at 42°32′54″N 91°06′49″W / 42.548404°N 91.113568°W / 42.548404; -91.113568 (42.548404, -91.113568).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.2 km2), all of it land.


New Vienna was initially settled by a group of German immigrant families who were living in Ohio. These families had come to the area in search of farmland.

One such family was that of William Steffen Sr. and his wife Mary. William and Mary were originally from Recklinghausen, in what today is Germany. They came to the United States and settled in Ohio. William and Mary and their children joined the other German immigrant families who came to New Vienna in the 1840s. The descendants of William and Mary number in the thousands today, and some of their descendants still live in New Vienna and surrounding areas.

St. Boniface Catholic Church was established for the local families that established New Vienna. This church is notable for its late 19th century William Schuelke pipe organ. This organ is one of the few original remaining Schuelke Organs - except for an electric blower it has been basically unaltered since installation.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 400 people, 167 households, and 122 families residing in the city. The population density was 889.1 people per square mile (343.2/km2). There were 176 housing units at an average density of 391.2/sq mi (151.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 100.00% White. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.25% of the population.

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