CITY OF AVOCA, IA

Avoca City Hall

Avoca, Iowa (pop. 1603) is a progressive community that has and will continue to survive the current challenges facing small rural communities across the United States. Ultimately we strive to reverse any factor within our control that contributes to a stagnant community and also grow our population and tax base. 

INFRASTRUCTURE AND AMENITIES:
  • The City's water supply and treatment are maintained by Regional Water, a rural water entity that has a large   well field and water treatment facility north of Avoca.
  • Nearly all of Avoca's streets are hard surfaced, including US highway 59 which runs north/south through town.
  • Housing growth continues with a second residential subdivision established in 2023.
  • Avoca plays an important role in the economy of East Pottawattamie County by its diverse service and retail business community, as well as it's farm related businesses and the Interstate 80 IA Highway 59 interchange services.
  • A vibrant and forward thinking Main Street Iowa program continues to shine light on our downtown area.
  • Avoca is home to excellent public services including but not limited to the following: AHSTW Community Schools, Mid American Energy, Iowa Department of Transportation, U.S. Post Office and County Services as needed.
  • Avoca's culture and recreation amenities include Sweet Vale of Avoca Museum, two parks, Avoca Aquatic Center, a challenging 9-Hole golf course and clubhouse restaurant, and 10 miles of pedestrian trails. Also, the City Graceland Cemetery is part of the State of Iowa's Perpetual Care program.
  • Local Emergency Services include our own Police Chief, volunteer Fire and Rescue Department and a contract with the Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Department. Avoca's weather and communications are connected to the countywide system of Pottawattamie Emergency Services.

Lastly, we are proud of our history. Avoca was established in 1869 when the Rock Island Railroad came through from Des Moines going to Council Bluffs. Our name came from a poem by Thomas Moore called "The Meeting of the Waters." This is derived from an old Irish tale, "Vale of Avoca," meaning "where the bright waters meet."

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