Carter Lake, Iowa

city in Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States

Carter Lake is a city in Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. It is a suburb of Omaha, Nebraska. In 2010, 3,785 people lived there.

Carter Lake, Iowa
City Office Building in Carter Lake, Iowa
City Office Building in Carter Lake, Iowa
Location of Carter Lake, Iowa
Location of Carter Lake, Iowa
U.S. Census Map
U.S. Census Map
Coordinates: 41°17′34″N 95°54′50″W / 41.29278°N 95.91389°W / 41.29278; -95.91389Coordinates: 41°17′34″N 95°54′50″W / 41.29278°N 95.91389°W / 41.29278; -95.91389
Country United States
State Iowa
CountyPottawattamie
Government
 • TypeMayor-council
Area
 • Total2.02 sq mi (5.23 km2)
 • Land1.87 sq mi (4.84 km2)
 • Water0.15 sq mi (0.39 km2)
Elevation
981 ft (299 m)
Population
 • Total3,785
 • Estimate 
(2016)[3]
3,784
 • Density2,024/sq mi (781.5/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
51510
Area code(s)712
FIPS code19-11215
GNIS feature ID0455192
WebsiteCity Website

HistoryEdit

Carter Lake is an example of the border irregularities of the United States. It is the only city in Iowa that is west of the Missouri River. In March 1877, a flood changed the course of the river 1.25 mi (2 km) to the southeast.[source?] The parts of the old river course, called Saratoga Bend, became an oxbow lake. It is named Carter Lake.[source?] After the creation of the lake, the place became a recreational area. It included "a boathouse at the foot of Locust street, hotels and club houses were numerous and the lake was the scene of many a pleasant rowing and fishing party."[4]

In 1892, after a lot of litigation between Iowa and Nebraska, the Supreme Court of the United States said that Carter Lake is part of Iowa in Nebraska v. Iowa, 143 U.S. 359 (1892).[5] The general rule is that state borders follow small changes in the course of a river. However, the Court said that an there's an exception when a river avulses one of its bends. In 1972, the Supreme Court made another ruling about Carter Lake when it ruled on a border dispute between the two states in Nebraska v. Iowa, 406 U.S. 117 (1972).[6]

GeographyEdit

Carter Lake is at 41°17′34″N 95°54′50″W / 41.29278°N 95.91389°W / 41.29278; -95.91389 (41.292647, -95.913989).[7]

The city is surrounded on three sides by Omaha, Nebraska, and on the fourth by the Missouri River.

The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 2.02 square miles (5.23 km2). Of that, 1.87 square miles (4.84 km2) is land and 0.15 square miles (0.39 km2) is water.[1]

PeopleEdit

Census Pop.
1940846
19501,18339.8%
19602,28793.3%
19703,26842.9%
19803,4385.2%
19903,200−6.9%
20003,2481.5%
20103,78516.5%
Est. 20163,7840.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[8] and [9]

2010 censusEdit

The 2010 census[2] says that there were 3,785 people, 1,388 households, and 997 families living in Carter Lake.

PoliticsEdit

The current mayor of Carter Lake is Ron Cumberledge. He was elected on November 7th, 2017.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2012-05-11.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-05-11.
  3. "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  4. 1890. "The Rise and Fall of Cut-Off Lake[permanent dead link]" from the Omaha Bee.
  5. "Nebraska v. Iowa", 143 U.S. 359 (1892).
  6. Nebraska v. Iowa, 406 U.S. 117 (1972).
  7. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  8. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.
  9. Iowa Data Center
  10. mbell@nonpareilonline.com, Mike Bell. "Carter Lake Elections: Cumberledge bests ex-mayor; Wahl is elected". The Daily Nonpareil - Council Bluffs, Iowa. Retrieved 2019-06-19.

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