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Pottawattamie County, Iowa (IA)

County population in 2014: 93,128 (74% urban, 26% rural); it was 87,704 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 17,690
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 7,439
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 24,052
Renter-occupied apartments: 11,646 (it was 9,792 in 2000)
% of renters here:

29%
State:

28%

Land area: 954 sq. mi.

Water area: 5.7 sq. mi.

Population density: 98 people per square mile   (average).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Pottawattamie County: 90.4 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (26.2%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (18.9%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (10.4%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (10.0%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 63%
  • Government: 3%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 34%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Pottawattamie County, Iowa:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (89.7%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (6.6%)
  • Two or more races (1.3%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (1.3%)
  • Asian alone (0.6%)
Median resident age:  38.0 years
Iowa median age:  38.0 years
Males: 45,675  (49.0%)
Females: 47,453  (51.0%)

Pottawattamie County,IA real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Pottawattamie County:

2.0 people
Iowa:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $50,557 ($40,089 in 1999)

This county:

$50557
Iowa:

$52229

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $607 (lower quartile is $438, upper quartile is $769)
This county:

$607
State:

$554


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $121,600 (it was $84,800 in 2000)
Pottawattamie:

$121,600
Iowa:

$126,900
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $85,700 - $189,700

Mean price in 2013:

Detached houses: $153,442
Here:

$153,442
State:

$159,697

Townhouses or other attached units: $212,689
Here:

$212,689
State:

$193,868

In 2-unit structures: $145,098
Here:

$145,098
State:

$120,896

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $99,279
Here:

$99,279
State:

$118,952

Mobile homes: $31,025
Here:

$31,025
State:

$46,008
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,103
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $447

Institutionalized population: 1,116

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 7
  • Robberies: 4
  • Assaults: 18
  • Burglaries: 161
  • Thefts: 350
  • Auto thefts: 43

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 12
  • Robberies: 1
  • Assaults: 18
  • Burglaries: 253
  • Thefts: 402
  • Auto thefts: 77
Pottawattamie County, IA map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2004: 418 buildings, average cost: $133,400
  • 2005: 488 buildings, average cost: $134,000
  • 2006: 348 buildings, average cost: $130,400
  • 2007: 259 buildings, average cost: $149,100
  • 2008: 195 buildings, average cost: $155,400
  • 2009: 177 buildings, average cost: $157,400
  • 2010: 164 buildings, average cost: $162,300
  • 2011: 135 buildings, average cost: $206,500
  • 2012: 171 buildings, average cost: $188,700
  • 2013: 149 buildings, average cost: $187,100
  • 2014: 118 buildings, average cost: $204,400

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $2,066 (1.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $2,262 (1.7%)

Pottawattamie County household income distribution in 2009 Pottawattamie County home values distribution Pottawattamie County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 13.7%
(11.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 35.6% for Black residents, 26.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 55.2% for American Indian residents, 37.6% for other race residents, 36.4% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 13.7%
Pottawattamie County:

13.7%
Iowa:

12.7%
(11.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 34.5% for Black residents, 22.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 56.7% for American Indian residents, 40.9% for other race residents, 33.0% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 39 years old
(Males: 37 years old, Females: 40 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 41 years old, Black residents: 28 years old, American Indian residents: 57 years old, Asian residents: 30 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 26 years old, Other race residents: 36 years old)

Area name: Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA HUD Metro FMR Area
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Pottawattamie County is $531 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $662 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $884 a month.

Cities in this county include: Council Bluffs, Carter Lake, Avoca, Oakland, Treynor, Neola, Walnut, Underwood, Carson, Minden.

Pottawattamie County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

2012 air pollution in Pottawattamie County:

Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 28.4 µg/m3. Above U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 10.8 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Pottawattamie County: Griswold Country Club (A), Eranistan (B), Newtons Grove (C), Reno (D), McDill (E), Galion (F), Cass Centre (G), Hitchcock House (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Pottawattamie County include: Buck Creek Church (A), First Evangelical Church (B), Mayflower Gospel Chapel (C), Noble Center Church (D), North Massena Church (E), Pine Grove Church (F), Congregational Church (G), Saint Johns Church (H), Saint Peters Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Atlantic Cemetery (1), Oakwood Cemetery (2), Franklin Lutheran Cemetery (3), Lincoln Center Cemetery (4), Pleasant Township Cemetery (5), Norway Center Cemetery (6), Brighton Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Cold Springs (A), Lake Anita (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Bear Branch (A), Buck Creek (B), Camp Creek (C), Crooked Creek (D), Spring Creek (E), Prosser Creek (F), Williams Creek (G), Whislers Branch (H), Pettitts Branch (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Pottawattamie County include: Cold Springs State Park (1), Hitchcock Park (2), Griswold Park (3), Nishna Valley Recreation Area (4), Cocklin Fish Farm (5), Indian Creek Wildlife Area (6), Iranistan Rock Quarry Park (7), Turkey Creek Education Area (8), Nodaway Wildlife Area (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Audubon County , Cass County , Harrison County , Marion County , Mills County , Montgomery County , Polk County .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

3.3%
Iowa:

3.3%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 3,618
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 84.0%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 15.0%

Number of foreign born residents: 1,777 (44% naturalized citizens)

Pottawattamie County:

2.0%
Whole state:

3.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 403
  • 1990 to 1994: 312
  • 1985 to 1989: 238
  • 1980 to 1984: 155
  • 1975 to 1979: 129
  • 1970 to 1974: 104
  • 1970 to 1974: 108
  • 1965 to 1969: 328

Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.2 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 55.6%

Pottawattamie County marital status for males Pottawattamie County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 26,598
  • One, attached: 543
  • Two: 1,053
  • 3 or 4: 997
  • 5 to 9: 1,417
  • 10 to 19: 1,207
  • 20 or more: 2,110
  • Mobile homes: 1,811
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 25

Housing units in Pottawattamie County with a mortgage: 13,544 (1,880 second mortgage, 1,295 home equity loan, 90 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 6,795

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

62.8% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Pottawattamie County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant13,43043
Evangelical Protestant11,36956
Catholic8,9479
Other2,3849
Orthodox801
None56,948-
Pottawattamie County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 15
Pottawattamie County:

1.68 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
Here:

0.22 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

0.23 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
This county:

0.11 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

0.43 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 51
Pottawattamie County:

5.71 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 44
This county:

4.92 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Pottawattamie County:

8.0%
Iowa:

7.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Pottawattamie County:

29.7%
State:

27.3%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

16.7%
State:

14.5%

Agriculture in Pottawattamie County:

Average size of farms: 431 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $130,093
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $241.38
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.98%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 34.52%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $112,253
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 81.98%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $113,421
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 81.59%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 11.73
Corn for grain: 218112 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 91 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 205719 harvested acres
Vegetables: 89 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 64 acres

Tornado activity:

Pottawattamie County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Iowa state average. It is 2716273.7 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 9 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 6/7/1984, a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado injured 8 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Pottawattamie County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Iowa state average. It is 74% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 11/3/2002 at 20:41:56, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 193.6 miles away from Pottawattamie County center
On 7/16/2004 at 12:17:30, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 MW, 3.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 47.2 miles away from the county center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 276.1 miles away from the county center
On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB) earthquake occurred 302.1 miles away from the county center
On 8/9/1997 at 17:46:03, a magnitude 3.4 (3.4 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 84.8 miles away from Pottawattamie County center
On 2/6/1996 at 15:10:28, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 127.0 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • IowaSevere Winter Storms, Incident Period: January 19, 2010 to January 26, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1880): March 2, 2010, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1880, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • IowaSevere Winter Storms and Snowstorm, Incident Period: December 23, 2009 to December 27, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1877): February 25, 2010, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1877, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm
  • IowaSevere Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: May 25, 2008 to August 13, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1763): May 27, 2008, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1763, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • IowaSevere Storms, Flooding, and Tornadoes, Incident Period: May 5, 2007 to May 7, 2007, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1705): May 25, 2007, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1705, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • IowaSnow, Incident Period: February 28, 2007 to March 2, 2007, Emergency Declared (EM-3275): March 30, 2007, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3275, Natural disaster type: Snow
  • IowaHurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3239): September 10, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3239, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • IowaSevere Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: May 19, 2004 to June 24, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1518): May 25, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1518, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • IowaSevere Storms & Flooding, Incident Period: April 8, 2001 to May 29, 2001, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1367): May 2, 2001, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1367, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • IowaSevere Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: July 2, 1999 to August 10, 1999, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1282): July 22, 1999, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1282, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • IowaSevere Weather, Tornadoes and Flooding, Incident Period: June 13, 1998 to July 15, 1998, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1230): July 2, 1998, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1230, Natural disaster type: Tornado, Flood
  • 8 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Pottawattamie County (18) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 16
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 12, Storms: 10, Tornadoes: 6, Snows: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (25%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Finance and insurance (11%)
  • Retail trade (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (28%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Finance and insurance (12%)
  • Retail trade (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Manufacturing (7%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Sales and related occupations (13%)
  • Production occupations (11%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (11%)
  • Transportation occupations (8%)
  • Management occupations (8%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (8%)
  • Material moving occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (21%)
  • Sales and related occupations (11%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (9%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (8%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (7%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (38%)
  • Germany (9%)
  • Korea (6%)
  • Vietnam (5%)
  • El Salvador (5%)
  • Philippines (5%)
  • Other Northern Africa (4%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Pottawattamie County (%):

  • German (35%)
  • Irish (12%)
  • English (9%)
  • United States or American (8%)
  • Danish (5%)
  • Norwegian (3%)
  • Italian (3%)

Pottawattamie County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 35,951 (82%)
  • Carpooled: 5,323 (12%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 201 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 4 (0%)
  • Taxi: 7 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 7 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 80 (0%)
  • Walked: 864 (2%)
  • Other means: 216 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 1,394 (3%)

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Pottawattamie County, Iowa in 2000:

  • 722 people in nursing homes
  • 324 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 198 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 88 people in institutions for the deaf
  • 68 people in halfway houses
  • 68 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 56 people in other group homes
  • 41 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 37 people in residential treatment centers for emotionally disturbed children
  • 36 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 23 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children
  • 12 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 3 people in religious group quarters

People in group quarters in Pottawattamie County, Iowa in 2010:

  • 782 people in college/university student housing
  • 592 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 203 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 159 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 71 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 68 people in residential schools for people with disabilities
  • 51 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 49 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 39 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 29 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
  • 19 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 8 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 6 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $52,464.

5.32% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($34,078 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.32%
Iowa average:

5.75%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
1.48% relocated from other counties in Iowa ($8,476 average AGI)
3.84% relocated from other states ($25,603 average AGI)
Pottawattamie County:

3.84%
Iowa average:

2.41%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Douglas County, NE  1.73% ($36,992 average AGI)
from Sarpy County, NE  0.50% ($38,514)
from Mills County, IA  0.24% ($34,447)
from Harrison County, IA  0.19% ($32,167)
from Shelby County, IA  0.16% ($29,582)
from Cass County, IA  0.12% ($25,810)
from Polk County, IA  0.11% ($26,079)


5.93% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($34,639 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.93%
Iowa average:

5.94%


0.04% of residents moved to foreign countries ($300 average AGI)
Pottawattamie County:

0.04%
Iowa average:

0.02%

1.51% relocated to other counties in Iowa ($8,600 average AGI)
4.38% relocated to other states ($25,740 average AGI)
Pottawattamie County:

4.38%
Iowa average:

2.60%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Douglas County, NE  1.97% ($32,474 average AGI)
to Sarpy County, NE  0.47% ($39,078)
to Mills County, IA  0.24% ($39,279)
to Polk County, IA  0.17% ($43,322)
to Harrison County, IA  0.16% ($28,946)
to Shelby County, IA  0.14% ($34,080)
to Cass County, IA  0.13% ($37,689)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.3
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.8

Births per 1000 population in Pottawattamie County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.2
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 9.5

Deaths per 1000 population in Pottawattamie County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 8.4
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 6.9

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Pottawattamie County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 10.5%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 3.9%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Pottawattamie County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Pottawattamie County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 15,223 (12,536 aged, 2,687 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 1,344 (6%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Pottawattamie County, Iowa in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (1260)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (1016)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (849)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (711)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (524)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (466)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (434)
  • Unspecified dementia (317)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (302)
  • Colon, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (295)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 10%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 6%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 2.24
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 15184.45
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 335.070
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 47345.24

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1416.350
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1031.890
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 3.34

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 32.49
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 73.55

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 11.14

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 51.7. This is more than state average.

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 143.9. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 61.4
  • Poisoning - 38.8
  • Other - 43.7

Household type by relationship:

Households: 91,082
  • In family households: 75,972 (17,255 male householders, 7,260 female householders)
    17,838 spouses, 26,202 children (23,961 natural, 788 adopted, 1,453 stepchildren), 2,065 grandchildren, 802 brothers or sisters, 701 parents, 868 other relatives, 2,531 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 15,110 (5,655 male householders (4,349 living alone)), 6,605 female householders (5,600 living alone)), 2,850 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 2,076 (1,116 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 11,104 2-persons, 5,559 3-persons, 4,398 4-persons, 2,164 5-persons, 776 6-persons, 514 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 9,949 1-person, 1,934 2-persons, 269 3-persons, 66 4-persons, 30 5-persons, 12 6-persons.

14,831 married couples with children.
5,584 single-parent households (1,349 men, 4,235 women).

95.5% of residents of Pottawattamie County speak English at home.
2.7% of residents speak Spanish at home (59% speak English very well, 12% speak English well, 20% speak English not well, 9% don't speak English at all).
1.3% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (80% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 3% speak English not well).
0.4% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (52% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 17% speak English not well, 10% don't speak English at all).
0.2% of residents speak other language at home (41% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 40% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $478,481,000 ($5362 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $20,941,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $227,329,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $98,921,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $23,056,000
Federal grants: $99,349,000
Federal procurement contracts: $7,229,000 ($3,151,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $22,597,000 ($9,524,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $672,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $38,153,000
Federal Government insurance: $193,581,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 6,381
Here:

71 per 1000 residents
State:

66 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 4,498
Here:

50 per 1000 residents
State:

48 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +289
Here:

+3 per 1000 residents
State:

+10 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -125
Here -1 per 1000 residents
State -14 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Pottawattamie County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 13.86 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.9
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.2
State:

4.2

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 1,057
  • 2000 to 2004: 4,177
  • 1990 to 1999: 4,253
  • 1980 to 1989: 2,614
  • 1970 to 1979: 4,548
  • 1960 to 1969: 4,872
  • 1950 to 1959: 5,117
  • 1940 to 1949: 2,391
  • 1939 or earlier: 10,405
Rooms in houses/apartments in Pottawattamie County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 28
  • 2 rooms: 99
  • 3 rooms: 404
  • 4 rooms: 2,854
  • 5 rooms: 6,492
  • 6 rooms: 5,236
  • 7 rooms: 3,749
  • 8 rooms: 2,656
  • 9+ rooms: 2,534
  • 1 room: 287
  • 2 rooms: 861
  • 3 rooms: 1,902
  • 4 rooms: 2,705
  • 5 rooms: 1,996
  • 6 rooms: 981
  • 7 rooms: 512
  • 8 rooms: 303
  • 9+ rooms: 245
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Pottawattamie County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 56
  • 1 bedroom: 733
  • 2 bedrooms: 6,610
  • 3 bedrooms: 11,998
  • 4 bedrooms: 3,796
  • 5+ bedrooms: 859
  • no bedroom: 534
  • 1 bedroom: 2,826
  • 2 bedrooms: 3,990
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,866
  • 4 bedrooms: 501
  • 5+ bedrooms: 75
Cars and other vehicles available in Pottawattamie County, Iowa in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 815
  • 1 vehicle: 6,164
  • 2 vehicles: 11,038
  • 3 vehicles: 4,156
  • 4 vehicles: 1,402
  • 5+ vehicles: 477
  • no vehicle: 1,458
  • 1 vehicle: 4,454
  • 2 vehicles: 2,940
  • 3 vehicles: 689
  • 4 vehicles: 204
  • 5+ vehicles: 47

57% of Pottawattamie County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 63% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 33% lived in Iowa.

Pottawattamie County:

56.9%
State average:

57.7%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 52704
  • Northeast: 818
  • Midwest: 25737
  • South: 2469
  • West: 3806

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $70,200


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 0%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 0%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Pottawattamie County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (82.5%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (11.0%)
  • Electricity (5.1%)
  • Wood (0.8%)
  • Utility gas (71.7%)
  • Electricity (18.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (7.6%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.8%)
  • Other fuel (0.6%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 761
Here:

7.2%
Iowa:

10.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 335
Here:

6.3%
Iowa:

7.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 453
Here:

14.7%
Iowa:

25.4%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Pottawattamie County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $1,602,000
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $9,090,000
    Correctional Institutions: $7,962,000
    Health - Other: $6,776,000
    Police Protection: $4,957,000
    General - Other: $3,895,000
    Central Staff Services: $2,477,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $2,245,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $1,871,000
    Financial Administration: $1,577,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,576,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $928,000
    General Public Buildings: $641,000
    Solid Waste Management: $513,000
    Libraries: $120,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $743,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $16,770,000

Pottawattamie County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $1,576,000
    Parks and Recreation: $158,000
    Solid Waste Management: $68,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $1,647,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $218,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $2,265,000
    Interest Earnings: $932,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $4,755,000
    Health and Hospitals: $4,093,000
    General Local Government Support: $3,967,000
    All Other: $115,000
  • Tax - Property: $21,905,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $3,212,000
    Pari-mutuels Sales: $2,243,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $1,476,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $654,000
    Other License: $77,000

Pottawattamie County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $24,812,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $12,993,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $11,819,000

Pottawattamie County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $2,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $14,692,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $541,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 1,673
  • Number of aged recipients: 73
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 1,600
  • Number of recipients under 18: 315
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 1,175
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 183
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 672
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 818
Pottawattamie County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Pottawattamie County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 31 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED596$119,443559$114,1662,279$137,952297$41,05113$200,308390$71,95126$67,615
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED22$106,77333$136,061227$131,09732$50,7500$017$65,7065$86,400
APPLICATIONS DENIED62$105,75899$92,010695$127,142172$30,9071$110,00036$56,63949$37,878
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN27$123,85244$110,318394$137,85023$74,6091$1,296,00012$109,6676$73,333
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS8$125,5007$125,85788$140,37513$51,0770$02$86,5006$50,500
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 29 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED70$121,58679$163,8860$0
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED13$146,84614$208,7143$136,667
APPLICATIONS DENIED29$171,34515$256,8670$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN6$120,50010$222,3000$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS5$108,2003$134,6671$36,000

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Pottawattamie County, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John53275.5 years
Mary46578.1 years
William46074.9 years
Robert39070.8 years
James33971.5 years
Donald28770.4 years
Charles26875.5 years
Helen26480.1 years
George25976.6 years
Dorothy23778.5 years
Most common last names in Pottawattamie County, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith27474.5 years
Johnson19178.7 years
Hansen17278.5 years
Jensen15679.0 years
Miller13876.5 years
Jones13473.3 years
Anderson12977.5 years
Petersen12478.2 years
Brown12274.9 years
Peterson11778.0 years
Businesses in Pottawattamie County, IA
NameCountNameCount
ALDI1MasterBrand Cabinets1
Ace Hardware1Maurices1
Advance Auto Parts2McDonald's4
Aeropostale1Men's Wearhouse1
AmericInn1Menards1
Applebee's1Microtel1
Arby's3Motel 62
AutoZone1Motherhood Maternity1
Bath & Body Works1New Balance1
Bed Bath & Beyond1Nike6
Best Western1Nissan1
Blockbuster2OfficeMax1
Buffalo Wild Wings1Olive Garden1
Burger King4Panda Express1
Caribou Coffee1Panera Bread1
Chevrolet2Papa John's Pizza1
Comfort Suites1Payless2
Cracker Barrel1Penske1
Cricket Wireless3PetSmart1
Curves1Pizza Hut2
Dairy Queen4Popeyes1
Days Inn2Quality1
Deb1Quiznos1
DressBarn1RadioShack3
Dressbarn1Red Lobster1
Econo Lodge1Ruby Tuesday1
Famous Footwear1Rue211
FedEx12SAS Shoes1
Firestone Complete Auto Care1SONIC Drive-In1
Foot Locker1Sam's Club1
Ford1Sears2
GNC1Sephora1
GameStop2Shoe Carnival1
Goodwill2Sprint Nextel1
H&R Block3Starbucks3
Hardee's1Subaru1
Hilton2Subway7
Hobby Lobby1Super 83
Holiday Inn3Taco Bell3
Home Depot1Target1
Hot Topic1Toys"R"Us1
JCPenney1True Value2
Jimmy John's22U-Haul9
Jones New York1U.S. Cellular3
Journeys1UPS13
KFC2Vans1
Kmart1Verizon Wireless2
Kohl's1Victoria's Secret1
Kroger4Village Inn2
La Quinta1Walgreens3
Lane Bryant1Walmart1
Long John Silver's2Wendy's1
Marriott2YMCA1

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