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Overview

Introduction to Council Bluffs, Iowa

Council Bluffs, Iowa, in Pottawattamie county, is located 4 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska. The people of the city are in the Omaha metropolitan area. Council Bluffs has a population of 58,268.

Council Bluffs History

Council Bluffs was named after the 1804 meeting between Lewis and Clark Expedition and the Otoe tribe. The present day City of Council Bluffs was the area that occupied the northwestern Mills County across the Missouri River. The first settlers in this city were Sauganash's band of Potawatomi. The Chicago and North Western Railway first arrived in the city in 1867. It became a major railroad station in 1872.

Council Bluffs and nearby Attractions

  • Bluffs Run Casino RV Park
  • Woodbury Hills Shopping Center
  • Lincolns Visit to Council Bluffs Historical Marker
  • Discovery Park
  • Aladdin's Castle

Things To Do In Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs’ residents love to shop at the Woodbury Hills Shopping Center. The parks that can be visited by the tourists include Iowa West Foundation Trailhead Park, Discovery Park, and Lake Manawa State Park. Amusement parks like the Aladdin's Castle and the Metro Paintball Games make for great family visits. RailsWest Railroad Museum is another popular place that tourists love to visit. Council Bluffs host festivals like the WestFair, Winter Film Festival, and the Ribfest.

Council Bluffs Transportation

One can avail flights from Eppley Airfield.

Council Bluffs Higher Education

Higher education opportunities are offered by Iowa Western Community College, Jennie Edmundson Memorial Hospital - School Of Radiologic Technology, and Key Real Estate School.

People

Total Population 62,309
Male Share of the Population 48.8%
Female Share of the Population 51.2%
Senior Citizens 14.3%
Employed Population 16+ 30,103
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 44%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.8%
Median Earnings25+ $32,453
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,435
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,256

Wealth

Median Family Income $58,334
% Above Poverty Level 83.7%
% Below Poverty Level 16.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.4%
% Using Public Transportation 1%

Housing

People Living Alone 31.5%
Median Gross Rent $759
Median House Value $111,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 20.4%
US/American 0%
English 11.6%
Irish 14.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Council Bluffs Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 4 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska
County Pottawattamie
Metro Area Omaha
Standard Zip Codes 51501, 51503
P.O. Box Zip Codes 51502
Phone Area Codes 712
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.261
Longitude -95.86

Council Bluffs Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station OMAHA EPPLEY AP
Distance 4.3 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 32 F
Apr Temp 40 to 63 F
Jul Temp 66 to 87 F
Oct Temp 41 to 65 F
Annual Precip 30.2 inches
Station BLAIR
Distance 24.4 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 63 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 40 to 65 F
Annual Precip 30.1 inches
Station FREMONT
Distance 33.6 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 64 F
Jul Temp 65 to 88 F
Oct Temp 39 to 66 F
Annual Precip 29.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Council Bluffs, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Co Bluffs (51501, 51502, 51503)

Manawa (51501)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Carter Lake 3,771 $60,486
Crescent 542 $88,750
Glenwood 5,243 $65,424

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Council Bluffs Public Libraries

Library
Council Bluffs Public Library
400 WILLOW AVE.
Council Bluffs, Iowa
(712) 323-7553
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Council Bluffs Hospitals

ALEGENT HEALTH MERCY HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
800 MERCY DRIVE
(712) 328-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

JENNIE EDMUNDSON HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
933 EAST PIERCE STREET
(712) 396-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Council Bluffs High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

ABRAHAM LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL
1205 BONHAM AVE
712-328-6481
Serves 1,450 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

THOMAS JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL
2501 W BROADWAY
712-328-6493
Serves 1,173 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.9

LEWIS CENTRAL SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
3525 HIGHWAY 275
712-366-8322
Serves 895 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

KANESVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
807 AVE G
712-328-6510
A Non-traditional School
Serves 383 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 30.9

PACT
2614 HIGHWAY 191
712-328-6459
A Non-traditional School
Serves 33 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.6

CHILDREN'S SQUARE
NORTH 6TH AND AVE E
712-322-3700
A Non-traditional School
Serves 32 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 32

TUCKER CENTER FOR CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION
815 N 18TH ST
712-328-6408

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