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Crescent is a city in Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. The population was 617 at the 2010 census.
Crescent is located at 41°21′49″N 95°51′32″W (41.363656, -95.858789).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.09 square miles (2.82 km2), all land.
The city lies directly across the Mormon Bridge from North Omaha, and is located at the base of the Loess Hills. The Mount Crescent skiing area lies near the town, and is the nearest ski and snowboarding slope to the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area. In the summer the area serves as a recreational facility for activities such as paintball and cross-country running. Neighboring Hitchcock Park supports various types of wildlife and many miles of hiking trails.
Crescent was originally laid out by Joseph E. Johnson, a Latter-day Saint who also published a paper there in the 1850s. Before the near universal exodus of the Mormons to Utah in 1852, (many left beginning in 1847, but they were the majority of the population until 1852) the area was known as Brownell's Grove and Farmersville.
Crescent had about 300 residents in 1950.
As of the census of 2010, there were 617 people, 235 households, and 177 families living in the city. The population density was 566.1 inhabitants per square mile (218.6/km2). There were 241 housing units at an average density of 221.1 per square mile (85.4/km2).