Asbury, Iowa

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Asbury is a city in Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, and a suburb of the city of Dubuque. It is part of the Dubuque, Iowa Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 2,450 at the 2000 census, but is now estimated to be 3,754 (2007).[2] Asbury is the third-largest city in Dubuque County, but it will likely soon pass Dyersville, Iowa to become the second-largest. The city is largely a bedroom community, made up of spacious, new subdivisions whose residents work in Dubuque or Peosta, Iowa.

Asbury has experienced a 53.3% increase in population from 2000 to 2007, making it the state's 10th-fastest growing city (with 1,000 people or more) during that period.[3]



Asbury was settled beginning in the 1830s, at first by Methodists. The city is named after British-born Bishop Francis Asbury, one of the first two bishops of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States. The city was incorporated in 1933, following the passage of the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution, which ended prohibition. The city incorporated to gain the legal standing necessary to sell alcohol, as liquor licenses were still forbidden in rural areas.[4]

For most of its history, Asbury was very small, much like hundreds of other towns in rural Iowa. In the 1960 census, Asbury still had only 71 residents. During this time, the City of Dubuque grew immensely, and the sprawl reached the Asbury area beginning in the 1960s. By 1970, Asbury had 410 residents and had grown fast enough to become the fastest growing city in the state of Iowa.[4]

Asbury continues to grow at a rapid pace today, expanding over 50% since the year 2000, and currently (2007) counts 3,754 residents. This number is certain to increase, as an ever-growing number of new subdivisions are being built or planned for the area.

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