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Pottawattamie County, Iowa


Pottawattamie County, Iowa

Pottawattamie County, Iowa
Map of Iowa highlighting Pottawattamie County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the United States highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location in the U.S.
Founded September 21, 1848
Named for Potawatomi tribe
Seat Council Bluffs
Largest city Council Bluffs
 • Total 959 sq mi (2,484 km2)
 • Land 950 sq mi (2,460 km2)
 • Water 8.9 sq mi (23 km2), 0%
 • (2010) 93,158
 • Density 98/sq mi (38/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .com.pottcountywww

Pottawattamie County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 93,158.[1] The county takes its name from the Potawatomi Native American tribe. The county seat is Council Bluffs.[2][3]

Pottawattamie County is included in the Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA Metropolitan Statistical Area.[4]


  • Geography 1
    • Major highways 1.1
    • Adjacent counties 1.2
    • National protected area 1.3
  • Demographics 2
    • 2010 census 2.1
    • 2000 census 2.2
  • Communities 3
    • Cities 3.1
    • Unincorporated community 3.2
    • Census-designated place 3.3
    • Townships 3.4
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 959 square miles (2,480 km2), of which 950 square miles (2,500 km2) is land and 8.9 square miles (23 km2) (0.9%) is water.[5] It is the second-largest county in Iowa by area.

Due to movement of the Missouri River and a Supreme Court ruling, part of the county, Carter Lake, actually lies on the far side of the Missouri River. This part of the county cannot be reached by road without entering Nebraska; no direct bridge exists.

Major highways

Adjacent counties

National protected area


2010 census

The 2010 census recorded a population of 93,158 in the county, with a population density of 97.6233/sq mi (37.6926/km2). There were 39,330 housing units, of which 36,775 were occupied.[11]

2000 census

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Pottawattamie County

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 87,704 people, 33,844 households, and 23,623 families residing in the county. The population density was 92 people per square mile (35/km²). There were 35,761 housing units at an average density of 38 per square mile (14/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.98% White, 0.77% Black or African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.27% from other races, and 1.11% from two or more races. 3.30% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 33,844 households out of which 32.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.60% were married couples living together, 11.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.20% were non-families. 24.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.00% under the age of 18, 9.10% from 18 to 24, 28.60% from 25 to 44, 22.70% from 45 to 64, and 13.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $40,089, and the median income for a family was $47,105. Males had a median income of $31,642 versus $24,243 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,275. About 6.40% of families and 8.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.00% of those under age 18 and 6.30% of those age 65 or over.



Unincorporated community

Census-designated place


See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ Pottawattamie County, Iowa, Pottawattamie County, 2007. Accessed 2007-09-05.
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^  
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Population & Housing Occupancy Status 2010".  
  12. ^ "American FactFinder".  

External links

  • Pottawattamie County Government's website
  • Pottawattamie County Assessor's website
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