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Welcome to Council Bluffs ...

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

The location of Council Bluffs has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<1>

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 2018, Council Bluffs has a population of 62,421 people<3> (see below for details).

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 is within the (712) area code.

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

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Council Bluffs had a population of 62,230 people (which is 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 total 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).

Taken from the 2018 Census Estimates, Council Bluffs had an population of 62,421 people. This is an increase of 0.31% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 7.13% since the 2000 Census).

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

Communities near Council Bluffs ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Omaha   [Map]

Lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<6> to the West (W) of Council Bluffs

Located in Douglas County (NE)

Bellevue   [Map]

Lies 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) of Council Bluffs

Located in Sarpy County (NE)

Papillion   [Map]

Lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) of Council Bluffs

Located in Sarpy County (NE)

La Vista   [Map]

Lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) of Council Bluffs

Located in Sarpy County (NE)

Ralston   [Map]

Lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) of Council Bluffs

Located in Douglas County (NE)

Plattsmouth   [Map]

Lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the South (S) of Council Bluffs

Located in Cass County (NE)

Glenwood   [Map]

Lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) of Council Bluffs

Located in Mills County

Springfield   [Map]

Lies 17 miles [27.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) of Council Bluffs

Located in Sarpy County (NE)

Bennington   [Map]

Lies 18 miles [29 km] to the Northwest (NW) of Council Bluffs

Located in Douglas County (NE)

Treynor   [Map]

Lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East (E) of Council Bluffs

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Council Bluffs.

Websites for Council Bluffs ...

Official Website:
Chamber of Commerce:

Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

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

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Council Bluffs. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • 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 community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Council Bluffs. Our list includes 52 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper 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 ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Council Bluffs:

The official website for Pottawattamie County:

The official website for State of Iowa:

Footnotes ...

<1>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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<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.

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<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Council Bluffs.

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<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Council Bluffs - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<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.

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<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line 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, 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: 41.2397, Longitude: -95.8583     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Council Bluffs have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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