Introduction to Atlantic, Iowa

Atlantic, Iowa, in Cass county, is located 45 miles E of Council Bluffs, Iowa (center to center) and 49 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska. The city has a population of 7,257.

Atlantic History

In October 1868, Franklin H. Whitney, Connie F. Beemer, John P Cook, B.F. Allen and a Des Moines banker founded the Atlantic Town Company and promoted the establishment of Atlantic town. The founders believed that the city was located midway between the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean. They tossed a coin to determine the name and it was named after the Atlantic Ocean. The Rock Island Railroad played an important role in determining the actual location of the city. The old depot is still present at Chestnut Street. Atlantic is the county seat of Cass county, which was established in 1851.

Atlantic and Nearby Attractions

  • Lake Anita State Park
  • Danish Immigrant Museum
  • Danish Windmill
  • Prairie Rose State Park
  • The Hitchcock House

Things To Do In Atlantic

People may visit the Danish Immigrant Museum which houses the famous exhibit "Across Oceans/Across Times", and the historic site of the Danish Windmill which has a tourist center and gift shop. The state parks have facilities for camping, swimming, boating and they also have shelters for picnics. Golfers may enjoy a visit to the Nishna Hills Golf Club. The city hosts several festivals like the Atlantic Fest, Cass County Fair, and the Harvest Fest. Walnut, Iowa is known as the Antique City and is close to Atlantic. This city offers a great antique shopping experience.

Atlantic Transportation

Air transportation is available from Des Moines International Airport.

Atlantic Higher Education

Nearby colleges include Iowa Western Community College Cass County Center, Grace University, Metropolitan Community College, Creighton College, and Bellevue University.


Total Population 6,929
Male Share of the Population 47.6%
Female Share of the Population 52.4%
Senior Citizens 22.2%
Employed Population 16+ 3,343
Age of the Population 45


% of people married 51.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.5%
Median Earnings25+ $29,089
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,756
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,683


Median Family Income $49,133
% Above Poverty Level 84.7%
% Below Poverty Level 15.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.1%
% Using Public Transportation 2%


People Living Alone 40.8%
Median Gross Rent $562
Median House Value $88,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.2%
US/American 0%
English 7.5%
Irish 14%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Atlantic Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 45 miles E of Council Bluffs, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 49 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska
County Cass
Standard Zip Codes 50022
Phone Area Codes 712
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.403
Longitude -95.013

Atlantic Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 1.1 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 29 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 63 to 86 F
Oct Temp 39 to 64 F
Annual Precip 34.7 inches
Distance 20.1 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 29 F
Apr Temp 37 to 61 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 39 to 64 F
Annual Precip 33.5 inches
Distance 21.1 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 27 F
Apr Temp 35 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 33.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Atlantic, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Lorah (50022)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brayton 132 $55,625
Cumberland 330 $45,714
Lewis 470 $44,821

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Atlantic Public Libraries

Atlantic Public Library
Atlantic, Iowa
(712) 243-5466
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Atlantic Hospitals

(Government - Local)
(712) 243-3250
Emergency Service: No

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Atlantic High Schools

1201 E 14TH ST
Serves 480 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.8

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