Pottawattamie County, Iowa

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Pottawattamie County, Iowa
Pottawattamie County IA Courthouse.jpg
Map of Iowa highlighting Pottawattamie County
Location in the U.S. 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
Area
 • Total 959 sq mi (2,484 km2)
 • Land 950 sq mi (2,460 km2)
 • Water 8.9 sq mi (23 km2), 0%
Population (est.)
 • (2015) 93,671
 • Density 98/sq mi (38/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.pottcounty.com

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[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.

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[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 7,828
1860 4,968 −36.5%
1870 16,893 240.0%
1880 39,850 135.9%
1890 47,430 19.0%
1900 54,336 14.6%
1910 55,832 2.8%
1920 61,550 10.2%
1930 69,888 13.5%
1940 66,756 −4.5%
1950 69,682 4.4%
1960 83,102 19.3%
1970 86,991 4.7%
1980 86,561 −0.5%
1990 82,628 −4.5%
2000 87,704 6.1%
2010 93,158 6.2%
Est. 2016 93,582 [6] 0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2013[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.[11]

2000 census[edit]

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.

Communities[edit]

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 2010 census of Pottawattamie County.[13]

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)
1 Council Bluffs City 62,230
2 Carter Lake City 3,785
3 Oakland City 1,527
4 Avoca City 1,506
5 Treynor City 919
6 Underwood City 917
7 Neola City 842
8 Carson City 812
9 Walnut City 785
10 Shelby (partially in Shelby County) City 641
11 Crescent City 617
12 Minden City 599
13 Macedonia City 246
14 Hancock City 196
15 McClelland City 151
16 Bentley CDP 118
17 Weston CDP 92
18 Loveland CDP 35

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 8 civilian support staff. Its headquarters is located in Council Bluffs, IA. [14]

Politics[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
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[16]
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]

References[edit]

  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. ^ 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 2006-05-14. Retrieved 2006-07-21. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  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". United States Census Bureau American FactFinder. Retrieved 2011-06-01. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  13. ^ http://www.census.gov/2010census/
  14. ^ "Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office". www.pottcountysheriff.com. Retrieved 2016-05-02. 
  15. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS
  16. ^ 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.

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