Council Bluffs, IA Profile: Facts & Data


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Council Bluffs, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Council Bluffs is the 9th largest city in Iowa with a population of 62,978 as of July 1, 2018. Council Bluffs ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Iowa. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Council Bluffs is located at latitude 41.236 and longitude -95.8531 in Pottawattamie County. The formal boundaries for the City of Council Bluffs (see map below) encompass a land area of 42.86 sq. miles and a water area of 2.64 sq. miles. Pottawattamie County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 988 feet.

The City of Council Bluffs (GNIS ID: 2393650) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Council Bluffs is located within Township of Kane, a minor civil division (MCD) of Pottawattamie County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Council Bluffs population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2018.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Council Bluffs: Kanesville, Miller's Hollow.

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Council Bluffs, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 62,978
Population in Households 61,137
Population in Familes 46,433
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,841
Population Density1 1,470
Diversity Index2 36


Median Household Income $50,154
Average Household Income $62,507
Per Capita Income $25,275


Total Housing Units 27,056 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 14,089 (52.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 10,931 (40.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,036 ( 7.5%)
Median Home Value $125,051
Average Home Value $152,241


Total Households 25,020
Average Household Size 2.44
Family Households 15,441
Average Family Size 3
  1. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.14% 0.24%
Households 0.11% 0.24%
Families -0.07% 0.12%
Median Household Income   1.03%
Per Capita Income   1.83%

Council Bluffs, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Council Bluffs to the other 1,009 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Iowa by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 9 99th
Population Density # 105 90th
Diversity Index # 53 95th
Median Household Income # 730 28th
Per Capita Income # 809 20th

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