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Amenities
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Council Bluffs, Iowa Info Snack

Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. The city is the most populous Omaha suburb and a principal city in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area. It is located on the east bank of the Missouri River, across from Omaha, Nebraska. Council Bluffs was known, until at least 1853, as Kanesville. It was the historic starting point of the Mormon Trail. Kanesville is also the northernmost anchor town of the other emigrant trails, since there was a steam powered boat to ferry their wagons, and cattle, across the Missouri River.
Population
62,478
Unemployment
4.7%
Poverty
13.5%
Median Home
$117,600
Median Income
$51,563
Median Rent
$826

9 Reviews & Comments About Council Bluffs


JackandSally9044

I've lived in Council Bluffs most of my life, and it's really not that bad anymore.

Also, people here don't 'get iced'. If someone doesn't like you here, they'll usually either talk s**t or try to get one of their friends to start trouble with you.

There are alot of m**h heads, but alot of the m**h comes from the surrounding tiny towns that aren't even listed.

Most of those people in town don't want anything to get in the way of their lifestyle, so alot of them learned to stay more off the radar and avoid things that would get the cops on their a***s.

There is alot of 'Blue Lives Matter' s**t here though, and alot of pro-life bumper stickers, but if you don't roll with the consevative crowds you can always hop the interstate bridge to Omaha--lots of artsy, progressive neighborhoods. But on our side, you do have to put effort into getting into trouble most of the time here. It's not commonly a thing that just happens to you if you're walking down just any street!


anony mous

I lived in cb Iowa for 4 flipping years... and it was horrible... I didnt mind that it was 24 7 in some places prefered to shop at night... otherwise the tweakers were everywhere and the crime was outrageous... I dont know how much we lost due to them just walking up and stealing s**t of our porchs enclosed back porch and open front porch... a very large bag of my friends and my kids clothes that took us hours to wash at a local laundromat was stolen around christmas time off my back porch... bikes stolen one recovered one custom bike not recovered... very recognizable and was caufht on video but werent avle to save it to give to police... constant police sirens, accidents, shootings, there are good things about it but not many... I finally got away from there and there's nothing in this world that could ever make me go back...


Kyrstin Holmes

I live in Council Bluffs and to be honest, I'm extremely surprised that it's on a worst city list. He's making it out to be a lot more dangerous than it is.

Most of the city is fine. There are a couple of bad neighborhoods, but not anymore than any other city. Most of the gang activity is actually in the neighboring Nebraskan city of Omaha. Schools are pretty good. Council Bluffs is actually fairly quiet in my experiences, and I come from a lower income family.


Harmany songz

I live in council bluffs for most of my life and I was surprised that it was no.1 on the list. He got pictures that made it look dirty and plain looking. It's actually nice here and my town is peaceful.


Madilyn Pitzer

i live in council bluffs and it is NOT what they just described it as. they made it sound like everyone's poor and in a gang. there are few places that are poor areas.


james arterburn

I so agree with you on Council Bluffs.i was born and raised there and got bad in the mid 1990's.Omaha,Nebraska made it that way with drugs and crime at its all time high...


J. Cob

I lived in Council Bluffs for awhile and it indeed s***s. We call it Council-tucky. Interestingly enough, my brother lives in Storm Lake and my sister used to live in Clinton :)


Curtis Ray

I lived in Council Bluffs for two years. If you wanted something nice, you drove 10 minuets to Omaha. Really wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be.


Bubi Ahlbrecht

I live in council bluffs and it seems pretty fine to me.

Rankings for Council Bluffs in Iowa

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Map Of Council Bluffs, IA

Population over time in Council Bluffs

Year Population % Change
2017 62,478 0.3%
2016 62,317 -0.0%
2015 62,326 0.0%
2014 62,309 0.1%
2013 62,261 0.3%
2012 62,094 0.2%
2011 61,986 0.4%
2010 61,740 0.7%
2009 61,340 -
Crime/100k Council Bluffs IA USA
Violent Crime 239.8 250.1 368.9
Murder 1.6 1.7 5.0
Robbery 99.1 29.5 86.2
Aggravated Assault 100.7 187.9 246.8
Property Crime 5942.5 1691.5 2199.5
Burglary 695.5 352.6 376.0
Larceny 4561.2 1190.4 1594.6
Car Theft 685.9 148.5 228.9

Race / Ethnicity in Council Bluffs

White
84.3% (52,647)
African American
2.0% (1,231)
American Indian
0.3% (217)
Asian
0.9% (544)
Hawaiian
0.0% (11)
Other
0.0% (0)
Two Or More
2.3% (1,410)
Hispanic
10.3% (6,418)
Race Council Bluffs IA USA
White 84.3% 86.1% 61.1%
African American 2.0% 3.4% 12.3%
American Indian 0.3% 0.3% 0.7%
Asian 0.9% 2.4% 5.4%
Hawaiian 0.0% 0.1% 0.2%
Other 0.0% 0.1% 0.2%
Two Or More 2.3% 1.8% 2.4%
Hispanic 10.3% 5.9% 17.8%

Household Income For Council Bluffs, Iowa

Less than $10,000
5.9% (370,094)
$10,000 to $14,999
5.4% (339,379)
$15,000 to $24,999
10.9% (678,758)
$25,000 to $34,999
11.0% (688,577)
$35,000 to $49,999
15.0% (937,572)
$50,000 to $74,999
20.5% (1,278,966)
$75,000 to $99,999
14.3% (892,758)
$100,000 to $149,999
11.8% (734,650)
$150,000 to $199,999
3.5% (220,042)
$200,000 or more
1.7% (107,000)
Income Council Bluffs IA USA
Less than $10,000 5.9% 545.0% 633.5%
$10,000 to $14,999 5.4% 442.8% 460.0%
$15,000 to $24,999 10.9% 952.2% 931.0%
$25,000 to $34,999 11.0% 964.0% 928.5%
$35,000 to $49,999 15.0% 1367.1% 1263.2%
$50,000 to $74,999 20.5% 1932.5% 1746.4%
$75,000 to $99,999 14.3% 1417.0% 1247.6%
$100,000 to $149,999 11.8% 1466.1% 1464.4%
$150,000 to $199,999 3.5% 490.0% 627.5%
$200,000 or more 1.7% 423.4% 697.9%

Gender in Council Bluffs

Female
50.9% (31,783)
Male
49.1% (30,695)
Gender Council Bluffs IA USA
Female 50.9% 50.4% 50.8%
Male 49.1% 49.6% 49.2%

Highest level of educational attainment in Council Bluffs for adults over 25

< 9th Grade
4.0% (2,499)
9-12th Grade
9.0% (5,623)
High School / GED
34.0% (21,242)
Some College
25.0% (15,619)
Associate's Degree
10.0% (6,247)
Bachelor's Degree
12.0% (7,497)
Master's Degree
5.0% (3,123)
Professional Degree
1.0% (624)
Doctorate Degree
0.0% (0)
Education Council Bluffs IA USA
< 9th Grade 4.0% 4.0% 6.0%
9-12th Grade 9.0% 5.0% 7.0%
High School / GED 34.0% 31.0% 27.0%
Some College 25.0% 21.0% 21.0%
Associate's Degree 10.0% 11.0% 8.0%
Bachelor's Degree 12.0% 19.0% 19.0%
Master's Degree 5.0% 6.0% 9.0%
Professional Degree 1.0% 2.0% 2.0%
Doctorate Degree 0.0% 1.0% 1.0%

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