Council Bluffs, Iowa Population 2024

62,021

Council Bluffs is a city located in Mills County and Pottawattamie County Iowa. Council Bluffs has a 2024 population of 62,021. It is also the county seat of Pottawattamie County. Council Bluffs is currently declining at a rate of -0.31% annually and its population has decreased by -1.22% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 62,789 in 2020.

The average household income in Council Bluffs is $77,367 with a poverty rate of 13.59%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Council Bluffs is 38.4 years, 36.9 years for males, and 39.8 years for females.

Council Bluffs Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Council Bluffs was:

  • White: 88.51%
  • Two or more races: 5.66%
  • Black or African American: 2.15%
  • Other race: 2.13%
  • Asian: 1.22%
  • Native American: 0.24%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.09%
State
Iowa
Land Area (mi²)
43.0 sq mi
Density (mi²)
1,443.60/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-1.22% (-768)
The current population of Council Bluffs, Iowa is 62,021 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 62,789.

Council Bluffs, Iowa Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White55,46988.51%
Two or more races3,5445.66%
Black or African American1,3482.15%
Other race1,3362.13%
Asian7671.22%
Native American1480.24%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander580.09%

White

Two or more races

Black or African American

Other race

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Council Bluffs Population by Race

Council Bluffs Population Pyramid 2024

Council Bluffs Median Age

38.4

Total

36.9

Male

39.8

Female

Council Bluffs Adults

There are 48,727 adults, (10,468 of whom are seniors) in Council Bluffs.

Council Bluffs Age Dependency

63.8

Age Dependency Ratio

27.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Council Bluffs Sex Ratio

Female31,79050.73%
Male30,88049.27%

Council Bluffs Population by Age

Council Bluffs Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All25,4792.3863.436.6
Non Family10,3781.2450.749.3
Married10,0173.1284.215.8
Female3,7263.3243.656.4
Male1,3583.0661.538.5

3.03

Average Family Size

2.38

Average Household Size

63.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Council Bluffs Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,3633.2%
9th to 12th Grade3,5398.32%
High School Graduate14,33533.7%
Some College9,42922.17%
Associates Degree4,75411.18%
Bachelors Degree6,14314.44%
Graduate Degree2,9706.98%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Council Bluffs Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Council Bluffs Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
White37,26133,3428,265
Hispanic3,2962,521376
2+ Races1,4431,220271
Other Race940733112
Black66363120
Asian571493308
Native American118650
Islander40250

The highest rate of high school graduation is among black people with a rate of 95.17%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 53.94%.

Council Bluffs Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Overall$43,405$51,178$37,334
Less Than 9th Grade$35,768$42,906$32,102
High School Graduate$37,464$46,711$29,803
Some College$42,025$50,485$35,852
Bachelors Degree$56,797$65,260$50,219
Graduate Degree$71,327$82,241$66,845

$43,405

Average Earnings

$51,178

Average Male

$37,334

Average Female

Council Bluffs Earnings by Educational Attainment

Council Bluffs Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Council Bluffs Language

92.23% of Council Bluffs residents speak only English, while 7.77% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 6.23% of the population.

Council Bluffs Language

Council Bluffs Poverty by Race

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White50,8906,44112.66%
Hispanic6,3031,27320.2%
Multiple3,41253715.74%
Black98227427.9%
Asian74710013.39%
Other1,324806.04%
Islander584679.31%
Native1483523.65%

13.59%

Overall Poverty Rate

12.01%

Male Poverty Rate

15.1%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Council Bluffs

The race most likely to be in poverty in Council Bluffs is Islander, with 79.31% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Council Bluffs is Other, with 6.04% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.02%. Among those working part-time, it was 17.79%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 21.86%.

Council Bluffs Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade19.92%
High School14.26%
Some College10.49%
Bachelors or Greater3.86%

Council Bluffs Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Unemployed30.81%
Female Unemployed23.33%
Female Employed6.95%
Male Employed4.69%

Council Bluffs Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Council Bluffs Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Households$61,181$77,367
Families$74,876$90,681
Married Families$92,547$110,296
Non Families$38,352$51,189

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Council Bluffs Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

42.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

43.3%

Male Marriage Rate

40.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Council Bluffs Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Council Bluffs Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Council Bluffs Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Council Bluffs Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

4,285

Number of Veterans

3,967

Male Veterans

318

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Vietnam1,337
First Gulf War983
Second Gulf War921
Korea203
World War II45

Council Bluffs Veterans by War

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Age Group
Veterans
65 to 741,104
35 to 541,018
55 to 64856
75+855
18 to 34452

Council Bluffs Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White3,9939.12%
Hispanic2135.21%
2+ Races1487.25%
Black838.14%
Other Race282.68%
Islander1530.61%
Native American117.43%
Asian71.21%

Council Bluffs Veterans by Race

Council Bluffs Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

6.18%

Veteran Poverty Rate

30.02%

Veteran Disability Rate

Council Bluffs Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

63.5%

Labor Force Participation

60.7%

Employment Rate

4.2%

Unemployment Rate

Council Bluffs Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Council Bluffs Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Council Bluffs Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

51.58%

Born in Council Bluffs

95.01%

Native Born

4.99%

Foreign Born

2.66%

Non Citizen

2.33%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

95.01% of Council Bluffs residents were born in the United States, with 51.58% having been born in Iowa. 2.66% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Council Bluffs Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202961,061-192-0.31%
202861,253-192-0.31%
202761,445-192-0.31%
202661,637-192-0.31%
202561,829-192-0.31%
202462,021-192-0.31%
202362,213-192-0.31%
202262,405-187-0.3%
202162,592-197-0.31%
202062,7895090.82%
201962,280-34-0.05%
201862,314-148-0.24%
201762,462-67-0.11%
201662,529-78-0.12%
201562,6071750.28%
201462,4322840.46%
201362,148-33-0.05%
201262,181-322-0.52%
201162,5031450.23%
201062,3584,0907.02%
200058,2683,9537.28%
199054,315-2,134-3.78%
198056,449-3,899-6.46%
197060,3484,7078.46%
196055,64110,21222.48%
195045,4293,9909.63%
194041,439-609-1.45%
193042,0485,88616.28%
192036,1626,87023.45%
191029,2923,49013.53%
190025,8024,32820.15%
189021,4743,41118.88%
188018,0638,04380.27%
187010,02000%
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Council Bluffs Population by Year