Pottawattamie County, Iowa

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

Pottawattamie County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of 2000, the population was 87,704. The second largest county in Iowa, the Pottawattamie county seat is located at Council Bluffs.[1] It is one of three Iowa counties in the eight-county Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Statistical Area.[2] The county takes its name from the Potawatomi Native American tribe.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 960 square miles (2,486 km²), of which 954 square miles (2,472 km²) is land and 6 square miles (15 km²) (0.59%) is water.

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.

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