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Welcome to Council Bluffs ...

The city of Council Bluffs is located in Pottawattamie County<1> and is the County Seat for Pottawattamie County.

When the people of Council Bluffs refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Council Bluffsian<2>

A typical abbreviation for Council Bluffs: Council Blfs.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Council Bluffs has a population of 62,166 people<3> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Council Bluffs.

Council Bluffs is 980 feet [299 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Council Bluffs lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Council Bluffs lies within the (712) area code.

The ZIP codes for Council Bluffs: 51501-51503<5>

Websites for Council Bluffs ...

Official Website:   www.councilbluffs-ia.gov/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.councilbluffsiowa.com/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Council Bluffs had an population of 62,166 people. This is a decrease of 0.1% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 6.69% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Council Bluffs had a population of 62,230 people (or 66.8% of the total population of Pottawattamie County). This makes Council Bluffs the county's most populous community.

The population of Council Bluffs represents 2.04% of the population of Iowa (which has 3,046,355 people), making it the state's 7th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 62,230 people, the population of Council Bluffs increased 6.8% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 58,268 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Council Bluffs.

Adding Council Bluffs to Our Gazetteer ...

As we work on our Gazetteer, we occasionally find mention of a community that is new to us. When we find such a community, we add it to our Gazetteer with the hope of adding more information in the future.

We originally found mention of Council Bluffs in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, we also found mention of Council Bluffs elsewhere: The earliest book where we found it mentioned was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Council Bluffs on a Rand McNally Map of Iowa (1911).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Council Bluffs on our Genealogy Page.

Communities near Council Bluffs ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Council Bluffs.

  • Omaha [Douglas County]
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    • Omaha [Douglas County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<6> to the west of Council Bluffs
    • Estimated population in 2019: 478,192 people
    • Omaha has also been known as:
    • Omaha City
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Omaha
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Omaha<7>
  • Bellevue [Sarpy County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bellevue
    • Bellevue [Sarpy County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<6> to the south of Council Bluffs
    • Estimated population in 2019: 53,544 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bellevue
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bellevue<7>
  • Papillion [Sarpy County]
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    • Papillion [Sarpy County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<6> to the southwest of Council Bluffs
    • Estimated population in 2019: 20,471 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Papillion have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Papillion
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Papillion<7>
  • La Vista [Sarpy County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for La Vista
    • La Vista [Sarpy County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<6> to the southwest of Council Bluffs
    • Estimated population in 2019: 17,170 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for La Vista have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on La Vista
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for La Vista<7>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Ralston [Douglas County]
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      • Ralston [Douglas County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<6> to the southwest of Council Bluffs
      • Estimated population in 2019: 7,273 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ralston have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ralston
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ralston<7>
    • Plattsmouth [Cass County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Plattsmouth
      • Plattsmouth [Cass County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the south of Council Bluffs
      • Estimated population in 2019: 6,441 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Plattsmouth have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Plattsmouth
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Plattsmouth<7>
    • Glenwood [Mills County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glenwood
      • Glenwood [Mills County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the southeast of Council Bluffs
      • Estimated population in 2019: 5,389 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glenwood
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Glenwood<7>
    • Springfield [Sarpy County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Springfield
      • Springfield [Sarpy County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the southwest of Council Bluffs
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,624 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Springfield have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Springfield
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Springfield<7>
    • Bennington [Douglas County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bennington
      • Bennington [Douglas County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the northwest of Council Bluffs
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,521 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bennington have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bennington
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bennington<7>
    • Fort Calhoun [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fort Calhoun
      • Fort Calhoun [Washington County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the northwest of Council Bluffs
      • Estimated population in 2019: 980 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fort Calhoun have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fort Calhoun
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fort Calhoun<7>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Council Bluffs. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Council Bluffs.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Council Bluffs. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Council Bluffs.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Council Bluffs. Our list includes 52 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Council Bluffs.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Council Bluffs ...

Looking for more information about Council Bluffs? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Council Bluffs, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Council Bluffs.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Iowa

About Pottawattamie County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Council Bluffs: www.councilbluffs-ia.gov/

The official website for Pottawattamie County: www.pottcounty.com/

The official website for State of Iowa: https://www.iowa.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Iowa's counties, including Pottawattamie, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Council Bluffs refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Council Bluffs may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Council Bluffs.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Council Bluffs - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Council Bluffs). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Council Bluffs or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Council Bluffs includes: 51501, 51502 & 51503.
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Council Bluffs) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Council Bluffs. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Council Bluffs

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Council Bluffs. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.2620, Longitude: -95.8676    
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






















 

 

 

 

 


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