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Pottawattamie County
Pottawattamie County Courthouse
Pottawattamie County Courthouse
Map of Iowa highlighting Pottawattamie County
Location within the U.S. state of Iowa
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Country  United States
State  Iowa
Founded September 21, 1848
Named for Potawatomi tribe
Seat Council Bluffs
Largest city Council Bluffs
Area
 • Total 959 sq mi (2,480 km2)
 • Land 950 sq mi (2,500 km2)
 • Water 8.9 sq mi (23 km2)  0%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 93,667
 • Density 97.67/sq mi (37.711/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 3rd

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.

Pottawattamie County is included in the Omaha–Council Bluffs, NE–IA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

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.

Major highways

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge (part)

Demographics

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%
2020 93,667 0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2018
PottawattamieCountyIowaPop2020
Population of Pottawattamie County from US census data

2020 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.

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.

Communities

Cities

Unincorporated community

Census-designated places

Townships

  • Belknap
  • Boomer
  • Carson
  • Center
  • Crescent
  • Garner
  • Grove
  • Hardin
  • Hazel Dell
  • James
  • Kane
  • Keg Creek
  • Knox
  • Lake
  • Layton
  • Lewis
  • Lincoln
  • Macedonia
  • Minden
  • Neola
  • Norwalk
  • Pleasant
  • Rockford
  • Silver Creek
  • Valley
  • Washington
  • Waveland
  • Wright
  • York

Population ranking

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
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
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