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Council Bluffs, Iowa

Council Bluffs is a city located in Pottawattamie County, Iowa. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 58,268. It is often considered a suburb of Omaha, Nebraska, which is just across the Missouri River. Many Omahans travel to Council Bluffs for gambling, which is more loosely regulated in Iowa than in Nebraska.


Council Bluffs is located at 41°15'13" North, 95°51'45" West (41.253698, -95.862388)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 102.7 km² (39.7 mi²). 96.8 km² (37.4 mi²) of it is land and 5.9 km² (2.3 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 5.70% water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 58,268 people, 22,889 households, and 15,083 families residing in the city. The population density is 601.9/km² (1,558.7/mi²). There are 24,340 housing units at an average density of 251.4/km² (651.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 94.76% White, 1.05% African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.59% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.81% from other races, and 1.31% from two or more races. 4.45% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 22,889 households out of which 31.6% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.7% are married couples living together, 14.3% have a female householder with no husband present, and 34.1% are non-families. 27.9% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.6% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.49 and the average family size is 3.03.

In the city the population is spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 29.7% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.2% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 35 years. For every 100 females there are 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 90.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $36,221, and the median income for a family is $42,715. Males have a median income of $30,828 versus $23,476 for females. The per capita income for the city is $18,143. 10.3% of the population and 8.2% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 14.0% are under the age of 18 and 6.9% are 65 or older.