Pottawattamie County, Iowa facts for kids
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Pottawattamie County Courthouse
Location within the U.S. state of Iowa
Iowa's location within the U.S.
|Founded||September 21, 1848|
|Named for||Potawatomi tribe|
|Largest city||Council Bluffs|
|• Total||959 sq mi (2,480 km2)|
|• Land||950 sq mi (2,500 km2)|
|• Water||8.9 sq mi (23 km2) 0%|
|• Density||97.67/sq mi (37.711/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Pottawattamie County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. At the 2020 census, the population was 93,667, 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.
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. 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.
National protected area
- DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge (part)
|U.S. Decennial Census
The 2020 census recorded a population of 93,667 in the county, with a population density of 97.8212/sq mi (37.7690/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.
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.
- Hazel Dell
- Keg Creek
- Silver Creek
The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Pottawattamie County.
† county seat
|Rank||City/Town/etc.||Municipal type||Population (2010 Census)|
|1||† Council Bluffs||City||62,230|
|10||Shelby (partially in Shelby County)||City||641|
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