Pottawattamie County, IA

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Population

93,287

0.0955% growth

Median Age

39.6


Median Household Income

$56,291

5.69% growth

Poverty Rate

11.2%


Number of Employees

46,780

0.133% growth

Median Property Value

$133,500

3.89% growth

About

In 2017, Pottawattamie County, IA had a population of 93.3k people with a median age of 39.6 and a median household income of $56,291. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Pottawattamie County, IA grew from 93,198 to 93,287, a 0.0955% increase and its median household income grew from $53,260 to $56,291, a 5.69% increase.

The population of Pottawattamie County, IA is 88.3% White Alone, 7.49% Hispanic or Latino, and 1.89% Two or More Races. 6.47% of the people in Pottawattamie County, IA speak a non-English language, and 97.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Pottawattamie County, IA are Iowa Western Community College (1,151 degrees awarded in 2016) and E Q School of Hair Design (23 degrees).

The median property value in Pottawattamie County, IA is $133,500, and the homeownership rate is 68.2%. Most people in Pottawattamie County, IA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Pottawattamie County, IA is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Pottawattamie County, IA employs 46.8k people. The largest industries in Pottawattamie County, IA are Health Care & Social Assistance (7,094 people), Retail Trade (5,858 people), and Manufacturing (5,067 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($70,250), Public Administration ($56,364), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($52,656).

Median household income in Pottawattamie County, IA is $56,291. Males in Pottawattamie County, IA have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,006. The income inequality in Pottawattamie County, IA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.443, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$56,291

2017 value

± $2,064

5.69%

1 Year Growth

± 4.4%

Households in Pottawattamie County, IA have a median annual income of $56,291, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $53,260 in 2016, which represents a 5.69% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$58,922

Average Male Salary

± $1,635

$44,006

Average Female Salary

± $1,197

In 2017, full-time male employees in Pottawattamie County, IA made 1.34 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $50,374 ± $7,648

  2. White

    $44,731 ± $967

  3. Black

    $32,234 ± $4,518

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Pottawattamie County, IA workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.13 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Pottawattamie County, IA is from Iowa.

0.443

2017 Wage GINI

0.445

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Iowa was 0.443 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.563% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Iowa was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Iowa in comparison to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 214

  2. Census Tract 316.01

  3. Census Tract 216.03

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Pottawattamie County, IA was Census Tract 214 with a value of $86,500, followed by Census Tract 316.01 and Census Tract 216.03, with respective values of $85,625 and $78,182.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Pottawattamie County, IA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

11.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Pottawattamie County, IA (10.2k out of 90.8k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 35 - 44.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    9,011 ± 547

  2. Hispanic

    1,635 ± 258

  3. Other

    585 ± 186

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Pottawattamie County, IA is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

46.8k

2017 Value

± 1,184

0.133%

1 Year growth

± 3.55%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Pottawattamie County, IA grew at a rate of 0.133%, from 46.7k employees to 46.8k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Pottawattamie County, IA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,119 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,764 people), and Management Occupations (3,913 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Pottawattamie County, IA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Pottawattamie County, IA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,119 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,764 people), and Management Occupations (3,913 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Pottawattamie County, IA has an unusually high number of residents working as Material Moving Occupations (1.76 times higher than expected), Transportation Occupations (1.39 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.35 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Pottawattamie County, IA, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($64,332), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($64,085), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($63,864).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

46.8k

2017 Value

± 1,184

0.133%

1 Year growth

± 3.55%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Pottawattamie County, IA grew at a rate of 0.133%, from 46.7k employees to 46.8k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Pottawattamie County, IA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (7,094 people), Retail Trade (5,858 people), and Manufacturing (5,067 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Pottawattamie County, IA, though some of these residents may live in Pottawattamie County, IA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Pottawattamie County, IA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (7,094 people), Retail Trade (5,858 people), and Manufacturing (5,067 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Pottawattamie County, IA has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.1 times higher than expected), Transportation & Warehousing (1.56 times), and Finance & Insurance (1.44 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Pottawattamie County, IA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($70,250), Public Administration ($56,364), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($52,656).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Iowa to other states, or from other states to Iowa.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $24.8B

  2. $18.8B

  3. $18.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Iowa product (by dollars) was Cereal grains with $24.8B, followed by Machinery with $18.8B and Other ag prods. and $18.2B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Iowa products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$245B

2015 Value

$363B

Projected 2045 Value

47.9% growth

In 2015, total outbound Iowa trade was $245B. This is expected to increase 47.9% to $363B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Iowa trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Iowa to other states, or from other states to Iowa.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $26.2B

  2. $16.1B

  3. $11.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Iowa domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $26.2B, followed by Minnesota with $16.1B and Nebraska and $11.4B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Iowa shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

93% of the population of Pottawattamie County, IA has health coverage, with 50% on employee plans, 15.9% on Medicaid, 12.3% on Medicare, 13% on non-group plans, and 1.84% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Pottawattamie County, IA was $8,200 in 2014. This is a 5.05% increase from the previous year ($7,806).

Primary care physicians in Pottawattamie County, IA see 1993 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.73% increase from the previous year (1940 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1950 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 600 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Appanoose County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (13.3%). Additionally, Union County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1993 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Pottawattamie County, IA see an average of 1993 patients per year. This represents a 2.73% increase from the previous year (1940 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,200

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,076

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,702

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,317

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Iowa (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.05%, from $7,806 to $8,200.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

6.98%

Uninsured

50%

Employer Coverage

15.9%

Medicaid

12.3%

Medicare

13%

Non-Group

1.84%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Pottawattamie County, IA declined by 14.4% from 8.15% to 6.98%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Pottawattamie County, IA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 13.3% prevalence

  2. 12.6% prevalence

  3. 12.1% prevalence

Appanoose County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Iowa, at 13.3%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Iowa by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Pottawattamie County, IA is home to a population of 93.3k people, from which 97.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.82% of Pottawattamie County, IA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Pottawattamie County, IA is composed of 82.4k White Alone residents (88.3%), 6.99k Hispanic or Latino residents (7.49%), 1.77k Two or More Races residents (1.89%), 1.3k Black or African American Alone residents (1.4%), 562 Asian Alone residents (0.602%), 281 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.301%), 20 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0214%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Pottawattamie County, IA are Spanish or Spanish Creole (4,616 speakers), French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) (220 speakers), and German (178 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

40

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

40

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in Pottawattamie County, IA was 39.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 40, were generally the same age as than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 40. But people in Pottawattamie County, IA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Pottawattamie County, IA residents was 39.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.82%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

3.67%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 3.82% of Pottawattamie County, IA residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Pottawattamie County, IA was 3.67%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    41,844 ± 4,988 people

  2. China

    10,526 ± 2,515 people

  3. India

    10,455 ± 2,506 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Pottawattamie County, IA was Mexico, the natal country of 41,844 Pottawattamie County, IA residents, followed by China with 10,526 and India with 10,455.

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Citizenship

97.7%

2017 Citizenship

97.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.7% of Pottawattamie County, IA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Pottawattamie County, IA was 97.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    82.4k ± 20

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    6.99k ± 692

  3. Two or More Races

    1.77k ± 285

In 2017, there were 11.8 times more White Alone residents (82.4k people) in Pottawattamie County, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 6.99k Hispanic or Latino and 1.77k Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Pottawattamie County, IA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    4,616 speakers (5.3%)

  2. French (Incl. Patois, Cajun)

    220 speakers (0.252%)

  3. German

    178 speakers (0.204%)

6.47% of Pottawattamie County, IA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Pottawattamie County, IA was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 5.3% of the overall population of Pottawattamie County, IA are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.252% speak French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) and 0.204% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    2,463 ± 183

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    973 ± 187

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    921 ± 174

Pottawattamie County, IA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.53 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Pottawattamie County, IA awarded 1,174 degrees. The student population of Pottawattamie County, IA is skewed towards women, with 2,651 male students and 3,471 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Pottawattamie County, IA are White (947 and 82.1%), followed by Black or African American (91 and 7.89%), Hispanic or Latino (67 and 5.81%), and Asian (18 and 1.56%).

The largest universities in Pottawattamie County, IA by number of degrees awarded are Iowa Western Community College (1,151 and 98%) and E Q School of Hair Design (23 and 1.96%).

The most popular majors in Pottawattamie County, IA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (503 and 42.8%), Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (115 and 9.8%), and Registered Nursing (114 and 9.71%).

The median tuition costs in Pottawattamie County, IA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 25 degrees awarded

  2. 497 degrees awarded

  3. 114 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Pottawattamie County, IA was Dental Hygiene with 25 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,151 degrees awarded

  2. 23 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Pottawattamie County, IA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Iowa Western Community College with 1,151 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

465

Degrees Awarded to Men

709

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 465 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Pottawattamie County, IA, which is 0.656 times less than the 709 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    947 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    91 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    67 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Pottawattamie County, IA were to White students. These 947 degrees mean that there were 10.4 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 91 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Pottawattamie County, IA was $133,500 in 2017, which is 0.614 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $128,500 to $133,500, a 3.89% increase. The homeownership rate in Pottawattamie County, IA is 68.2%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Pottawattamie County, IA have an average commute time of 19.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Pottawattamie County, IA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$56,291

Median Household Income

± $2,064

36.9k

Number of Households

± 1,039

In 2017, the median household income of the 36.9k households in Pottawattamie County, IA grew to $56,291 from the previous year's value of $53,260.

The following chart displays the households in Pottawattamie County, IA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$133,500

2017 Median

± $3,142

$128,500

2016 Median

± $3,857

In 2017, the median property value in Pottawattamie County, IA grew to to $133,500 from the previous year's value of $128,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Pottawattamie County, IA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Pottawattamie County, IA the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Pottawattamie County, IA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Pottawattamie County, IA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

68.2%

2017 Homeownership

68.1%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 68.2% of the housing units in Pottawattamie County, IA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 68.1%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Pottawattamie County, IA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Pottawattamie County, IA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Pottawattamie County, IA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

19.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Pottawattamie County, IA have a shorter commute time (19.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.26% of the workforce in Pottawattamie County, IA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    84.3%

  2. Carpooled

    8.74%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.18%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Pottawattamie County, IA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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