Pottawattamie County, Iowa

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Pottawattamie County
Pottawattamie County Courthouse
Map of Iowa highlighting Pottawattamie County
Location within the U.S. state of Iowa
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Iowa's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 41°20′N 95°32′W / 41.33°N 95.53°W / 41.33; -95.53
Country United States
State Iowa
FoundedSeptember 21, 1848
Named forPotawatomi tribe
SeatCouncil Bluffs
Largest cityCouncil Bluffs
Area
 • Total959 sq mi (2,480 km2)
 • Land950 sq mi (2,500 km2)
 • Water8.9 sq mi (23 km2)  0%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total93,667
 • Density98/sq mi (38/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district3rd
Websitewww.pottcounty.com

Pottawattamie County (/ˌpɑːtəˈwɑːtəm/) is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. At the 2020 census, the population was 93,667,[1] making it the tenth-most populous county in Iowa. 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[edit]

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 after Kossuth County.[6] Pottawattamie County is located within Iowa's Loess Hills, and was the site of Kanesville along The Mormon Trail[7]

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.[8]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18507,828
18604,968−36.5%
187016,893240.0%
188039,850135.9%
189047,43019.0%
190054,33614.6%
191055,8322.8%
192061,55010.2%
193069,88813.5%
194066,756−4.5%
195069,6824.4%
196083,10219.3%
197086,9914.7%
198086,561−0.5%
199082,628−4.5%
200087,7046.1%
201093,1586.2%
202093,6670.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
1790-1960[10] 1900-1990[11]
1990-2000[12] 2010-2018[13]
Population of Pottawattamie County from US census data

2020 census[edit]

The 2020 census recorded a population of 93,667 in the county, with a population density of 97.8212/sq mi (37.76898/km2). 94.09% of the population reported being of one race. 78.65% were non-Hispanic White, 2.02% were Black, 8.18% were Hispanic, 0.70% were Native American, 0.84% were Asian, 0.09% were Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander and 9.53% were some other race or more than one race. There were 39,852 housing units, of which 37,284 were occupied.[1]

2010 census[edit]

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.[14]

2000 census[edit]

At the 2000 census,[15] there were 87,704 people, 33,844 households and 23,623 families residing in the county. The population density was 92 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, 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.

26.00% of the population were 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 household income was $40,089 and the median family income was $47,105. Males had a median income of $31,642 vand females $24,243. The per capita income 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.

Communities[edit]

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Pottawattamie County

Cities[edit]

Unincorporated community[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Townships[edit]

Population ranking[edit]

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2020 census of Pottawattamie County.[1]

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2020 Census)
1 Council Bluffs City 62,799
2 Carter Lake City 3,791
3 Avoca City 1,683
4 Oakland City 1,524
5 Treynor City 1,032
6 Underwood City 954
7 Neola City 918
8 Carson City 766
9 Walnut City 747
10 Crescent City 628
11 Minden City 600
12 Macedonia City 267
13 Hancock City 200
14 McClelland City 146
15 Bentley CDP 93
16 Weston CDP 78
17 Loveland CDP 36
18 Shelby (partially in Shelby County) City 11 (727 total)

Law enforcement[edit]

Pottawattamie County is served by the Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office consisting of 51 sworn deputies, 13 reserve deputies, 92 detention officers and eight civilian support staff. Its headquarters is located in Council Bluffs, Iowa.[16]

Politics[edit]

Pottawattamie County is a strongly Republican county. The county last backed a Democratic presidential candidate in 1964 as the party won nationally by a landslide, & only voted Democratic in four other elections prior to that. Some recent elections were more competitive, with Barack Obama losing the county in 2008 by less than 1,000 votes. However, Donald Trump won the county by 21% in 2016 and by 17% in 2020.

Presidential election results
Presidential Elections Results[17]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2020 57.4% 26,247 40.6% 18,575 2.0% 922
2016 57.3% 24,447 36.0% 15,355 6.7% 2,878
2012 51.7% 21,860 46.4% 19,644 1.9% 797
2008 50.2% 21,237 48.3% 20,436 1.5% 651
2004 58.7% 24,558 40.4% 16,906 0.9% 356
2000 54.5% 18,783 42.7% 14,726 2.8% 958
1996 47.7% 15,648 40.5% 13,276 11.9% 3,897
1992 42.2% 15,671 35.6% 13,228 22.1% 8,216
1988 53.1% 17,193 46.2% 14,958 0.8% 254
1984 63.1% 21,527 36.1% 12,329 0.8% 256
1980 61.0% 20,222 32.3% 10,709 6.8% 2,239
1976 53.1% 17,264 45.4% 14,754 1.5% 501
1972 69.3% 19,722 28.4% 8,074 2.3% 654
1968 56.5% 16,038 33.4% 9,495 10.1% 2,866
1964 44.7% 14,208 55.3% 17,569 0.1% 22
1960 57.8% 19,223 42.2% 14,025 0.0% 13
1956 57.9% 17,632 41.8% 12,731 0.3% 105
1952 61.2% 18,894 38.6% 11,897 0.2% 63
1948 51.4% 12,384 47.4% 11,430 1.2% 281
1944 54.3% 14,007 45.5% 11,752 0.2% 59
1940 51.1% 15,929 48.8% 15,221 0.1% 38
1936 42.3% 12,223 56.2% 16,259 1.5% 431
1932 35.9% 9,565 62.7% 16,674 1.4% 377
1928 58.9% 14,354 40.7% 9,905 0.5% 109
1924 52.8% 13,380 20.9% 5,305 26.3% 6,667
1920 64.7% 13,506 31.9% 6,659 3.5% 722
1916 47.8% 5,992 50.0% 6,263 2.2% 274
1912 14.8% 1,753 42.1% 4,993 43.1% 5,120[a]
1908 51.2% 6,137 46.0% 5,520 2.8% 338
1904 61.1% 6,868 33.2% 3,731 5.6% 634
1900 54.1% 6,525 44.6% 5,373 1.3% 154
1896 51.0% 5,810 48.0% 5,468 1.0% 114

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The leading “other” candidate, Progressive Theodore Roosevelt, received 4,538 votes, while Socialist candidate Eugene Debs received 489 votes, Prohibition candidate Eugene Chafin received 93 votes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "2020 Census State Redistricting Data". census.gov. United states Census Bureau. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  2. ^ Pottawattamie County, Iowa Archived May 27, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, Pottawattamie County, 2007. Retrieved September 5, 2007.
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  4. ^ United States Office of Management and Budget. "Update of Statistical Area Definitions and Guidance on Their Uses" (PDF). pp. 5, 36. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 14, 2006. Retrieved July 21, 2006.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  6. ^ National Association of Counties. "NACo - Find a county". Archived from the original on 2005-04-10. Retrieved 2008-04-30.
  7. ^ "Pottawattamie". Loess Hills National Scenic Byway. Retrieved 2021-06-26.
  8. ^ "A History of Carter Lake". Adam Fletcher Sasse. 2013-09-28. Retrieved 2020-09-14.
  9. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  10. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  11. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  12. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  13. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  14. ^ "Population & Housing Occupancy Status 2010". United States Census Bureau American FactFinder. Retrieved June 1, 2011.[dead link]
  15. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  16. ^ "Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office". Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  17. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2020-11-14.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°20′N 95°32′W / 41.333°N 95.533°W / 41.333; -95.533