Council Bluffs, IA
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Living in Council Bluffs


Council Bluffs is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 62,524 people and 22 constituent neighborhoods, Council Bluffs is the seventh largest community in Iowa.

Council Bluffs is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (17.05%), sales jobs (10.49%), and management occupations (6.76%).

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Council Bluffs is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Council Bluffs area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

In terms of college education, Council Bluffs is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 17.97% of adults 25 and older in Council Bluffs have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Council Bluffs in 2010 was $24,720, which is middle income relative to Iowa and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $98,880 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 Tagalog.