Council Bluffs INFORMATION

Population: 60,218

Male 49% Female 51%
Married 53%
Single 47%

City rating

This rating is a weighted average of commute time, crime rate, population, median salary, and more.


Overall value

This score adds annual household income and cost of living to the city rating.


Density (Population per mile²)

Compared to New York, Council Bluffs has a very low population density. Council Bluffs is perfect for those who like a quiet city.

1,611 Council Bluffs
27,441 New York

City Info

With a quality of life rating of 8/10 and an overall value of 6/10, there are many things to love about Council Bluffs, IA, but there are also a few factors that may not be the best fit for everyone. Most homeowners will be happy in Council Bluffs, but be sure to visit first to make sure it’s the best place for you.

Population density is a way of determining how crowded an area is. Council Bluffs has a population density of 1,611, with 60,218 current residents.

Out of the 60,218 current residents, 49% are male and 51% are female. 53% of the residents are married and 47% are single.



Air quality

Best air quality


  • 58% Sun
  • 30% Rain
  • 28% Snow


50°F average temperature

  • 47 years Median home age
  • $106,130 Median home price
  • -0.82% Home appreciation rate
  • 13.7% Annual property tax
  • 59.4%
    Homes owned
  • 30.8%
    Homes rented
  • 9.7%
    Homes vacant


As for living in Council Bluffs, the air quality is 74% and the weather, on average, is 58% sunny, 30% rainy, and 28% snowy. The average temperature is 50°F.

Whether you’re looking to buy or rent a home in Council Bluffs, you should know that 59.4% of homes are owned while 30.8% of homes are rented, and 9.7% of homes are vacant. The median price of a home is $106,130, the median age of homes is 47 years, the annual home appreciation is -0.82% and the annual property tax is 13.70%.



Religious diversity

  • Crime rate (per 100,000)

  • Average age

  • Political majority

    Republican Republican


When looking at the community of Council Bluffs, it’s important to determine the crime rate. Council Bluffs’s crime rate is 7 total number of crimes reported per 100,000 total population. The average age of residents in Council Bluffs is 36 years and the breakdown of political affiliations is 48.28% Democratic, 50.18% Republican, and 1.54% Independent.






Student teacher ratio 1:16


  • Management, Business, Art & Sciences
  • Sales & Office Occupations
  • Service Occupations
  • Production, Transportation & Material Moving
  • Natural Resources, Construction & Maintenance
  • 82%
    High school diploma
  • 6%
    Some college or associates degree
  • 10%
    Bachelors degree
  • 5%
    Graduate or professional degree


When looking at Council Bluffs, it’s important to understand employment statistics. 5.00% of residents are unemployed in Council Bluffs (which does not include the percentage of residents who are no longer in the labor force). Of the employed Council Bluffs residents: 9.5% of employed residents work in the management and business field, 14.53% are in the arts and sciences field, 16.9% are in the customer service field, 31.2% are in the sales field, 0.20% work in farming, fishing, and forestry, 10% of employed residents work in the construction field, and 17.8% work in production. When it comes to education, the ratio of teachers to students is 1:16. The percentage of residents who have graduated high school is 81.57%, 6.28% of residents have an associate’s degree, 9.67% of residents have a bachelor’s degree, and 4.65% have a master’s degree.



Average commute time

Daily breakdown: by transport type

  • Public
  • Car
  • Carpool
  • Work at home


If you plan on commuting to work in Council Bluffs, you should be aware that the average commute time is 20 minutes, compared to the national average commute time of 26 minutes. When it comes to commuting, residents of Council Bluffs have a few different options. 82% of commuters use their own cars, 12% of commuters carpool, 1% of commuters use the transit system, and 2% of residents work from home.

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