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Carter Lake, Iowa

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The location of Carter Lake

Welcome to Carter Lake ...

The city of Carter Lake is located in Pottawattamie County.

The location of Carter Lake has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<1>

A typical abbreviation for Carter Lake: Carter Lk.

From the  Census Estimates for 2018, Carter Lake has a population of 3,784 people<2> (see below for details).

Carter Lake is 980 feet [299 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Carter Lake lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

The telephone area code for Carter Lake: (712)

The ZIP code for Carter Lake: 51510<4>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Carter Lake had a population of 3,785 people. This makes Carter Lake the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Carter Lake represents 0.12% of the population of Iowa (which has 3,046,355 people), making it the state's 101st most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 3,785 people, the population of Carter Lake increased 16.53% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 3,248 people).

Taken from the 2018 Census Estimates, Carter Lake had an population of 3,784 people (or an increase of 16.5% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Carter Lake.

Communities near Carter Lake ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Omaha   [Map]

Lies 5 miles [8 km]<5> to the West (W) of Carter Lake

Located in Douglas County (NE)

Council Bluffs   [Map]

Lies 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) of Carter Lake

Bellevue   [Map]

Lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) of Carter Lake

Located in Sarpy County (NE)

Papillion   [Map]

Lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) of Carter Lake

Located in Sarpy County (NE)

La Vista   [Map]

Lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) of Carter Lake

Located in Sarpy County (NE)

Ralston   [Map]

Lies 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) of Carter Lake

Located in Douglas County (NE)

Plattsmouth   [Map]

Lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the South (S) of Carter Lake

Located in Cass County (NE)

Elkhorn   [Map]

Lies 17 miles [27.4 km] to the West (W) of Carter Lake

Located in Douglas County (NE)

Glenwood   [Map]

Lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the Southeast (SE) of Carter Lake

Located in Mills County

Gretna   [Map]

Lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the Southwest (SW) of Carter Lake

Located in Sarpy County (NE)

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Carter Lake.

Communities Also Named Carter Lake ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found another community named Carter Lake - it's located in Texas.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Carter Lake.

Websites for Carter Lake ...

Official Website:

Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Carter Lake. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Carter Lake. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Carter Lake.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Carter Lake:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Carter Lake ...

Looking for more information about Carter Lake? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Carter Lake, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Carter Lake.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Pottawattamie County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Carter Lake:

The official website for Pottawattamie County:

The official website for State of Iowa:

Footnotes ...

<1>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.

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<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Carter Lake.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Carter Lake - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Carter Lake). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Carter Lake or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Carter Lake) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Carter Lake. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Carter Lake

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Carter Lake. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.2885, Longitude: -95.9169     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Carter Lake have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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