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Crescent, Iowa
Old Lincoln Highway
Old Lincoln Highway
Location of Crescent, Iowa
Location of Crescent, Iowa
Crescent, Iowa is located in Iowa
Crescent, Iowa
Crescent, Iowa
Location in Iowa
Crescent, Iowa is located in the United States
Crescent, Iowa
Crescent, Iowa
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Pottawattamie
Township Crescent
Government
 • Type Mayor-council
Area
 • Total 0.97 sq mi (2.51 km2)
 • Land 0.97 sq mi (2.50 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation
1,010 ft (308 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 628
 • Density 649.43/sq mi (250.71/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
51526
Area code(s) 712
FIPS code 19-17175
GNIS feature ID 0455709
Website City of Crescent

Crescent is a city in Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. The population was 628 at the 2020 census.

Geography

Crescent is located at 41°21′49″N 95°51′32″W / 41.36361°N 95.85889°W / 41.36361; -95.85889 (41.363656, -95.858789).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.09 square miles (2.82 km2), all of it land.

The city lies directly across the Mormon Bridge from North Omaha, and is located at the base of the Loess Hills. The Mount Crescent skiing area lies near the town, and is the nearest ski and snowboarding slope to the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area. In the summer the area serves as a recreational facility for activities such as paintball and cross-country running. Neighboring Hitchcock Park supports various types of wildlife and many miles of hiking trails.

History

Crescent was originally laid out by Joseph E. Johnson, a Latter-day Saint who also published a paper there in the 1850s. Before the near universal exodus of the Mormons to Utah in 1852 (many left beginning in 1847, but they were the majority of the population until 1852) the area was known as Brownell's Grove and Farmersville.

Crescent had about 300 residents in 1950.

Demographics

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1880 134 —    
1960 296 +120.9%
1970 284 −4.1%
1980 547 +92.6%
1990 469 −14.3%
2000 537 +14.5%
2010 617 +14.9%
2020 628 +1.8%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census
CrescentIowaPopPlot
The population of Crescent, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 617 people, 235 households, and 177 families living in the city. The population density was 566.1 inhabitants per square mile (218.6/km2). There were 241 housing units at an average density of 221.1 per square mile (85.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.4% White, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.8% of the population.

There were 235 households, of which 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.1% were married couples living together, 4.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 24.7% were non-families. 17.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 2.99.

The median age in the city was 44.1 years. 20.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.3% were from 25 to 44; 35.3% were from 45 to 64; and 13% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.7% male and 49.3% female.

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