Council Bluffs, IA
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Council Bluffs is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 62,597 people and 22 constituent neighborhoods, Council Bluffs is the seventh largest community in Iowa.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Council Bluffs is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Council Bluffs is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Council Bluffs who work in office and administrative support (16.97%), sales jobs (11.26%), and management occupations (6.48%).

The percentage of adults in Council Bluffs who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 17.80% of the adults in Council Bluffs have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Council Bluffs in 2010 was $23,746, which is middle income relative to Iowa and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $94,984 for a family of four. However, Council Bluffs contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Council Bluffs is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Council Bluffs home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Council Bluffs residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Council Bluffs include Irish, English, Danish, and Norwegian.

The most common language spoken in Council Bluffs is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.