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Overview

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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population6,817
Male Share of the Population48%
Female Share of the Population52%
Senior Citizens22%
Employed Population 16+3,358
Age of the Population44

Families

% of people married51.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher21.1%
Median Earnings25+$29,844
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,107
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,932

Wealth

Median Family Income$51,306
% Above Poverty Level81.4%
% Below Poverty Level18.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time14 minutes
% Working from Home3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work4%
% Using Public Transportation1.3%

Housing

People Living Alone41.4%
Median Gross Rent$605
Median House Value$92,000

Ancestry

Irish14.6%
Danishn11.9%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)10.6%
English7.6%
French Except Basque3.6%
Swedish3.2%
Norwegian2.4%
Dutch2%
Scottish1%
Italian0.8%
Welsh0.7%
Hungarian0.6%
Polish0.4%
German0.3%
Belgian0.3%
Czech0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
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Atlantic Almanac

CategoryValue
County Cass County
Standard Zip Codes50022
Phone Area Codes712
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude41.39
Approximate Longitude-95.01

Atlantic Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationATLANTIC 1 NE
Distance1.1 miles
Jan Temp10 to 29 F
Apr Temp38 to 62 F
Jul Temp63 to 86 F
Oct Temp39 to 64 F
Annual Precip34.7 inches
StationOAKLAND
Distance20.1 miles
Jan Temp9 to 29 F
Apr Temp37 to 61 F
Jul Temp64 to 85 F
Oct Temp39 to 64 F
Annual Precip33.5 inches
StationAUDUBON 1 SSE
Distance21.1 miles
Jan Temp7 to 27 F
Apr Temp35 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp36 to 62 F
Annual Precip33.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Brayton145$59,167
Cumberland250$49,583
Lewis553$53,750

Atlantic Public Libraries

Atlantic Public Library
507 POPLAR ST
Atlantic, Iowa
(712) 243-5466

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Atlantic Hospitals

Cass County Memorial Hospital
(Government - Local)
1501 East 10th Street
(712) 243-3250

Atlantic Public Schools

Washington Elementary School
500 E 14th St
ZIP: 50022
(712) 243-5234
Primary
Total Enrollment 537
Atlantic Middle School
1100 Linn St
ZIP: 50022
(712) 243-1330
Middle
Total Enrollment 330
Schuler Elementary School
501 East 11th St.
ZIP: 50022
(712) 243-1370
Middle
Total Enrollment 215
Atlantic High School
1201 E 14th St
ZIP: 50022
(712) 243-5358
High
Total Enrollment 449
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