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Council Bluffs is a city in Pottawattamie County, in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area.

It is the county seat.

The community was named for its role as a meeting place. Explorers William Clark and Meriwether Lewis met with the Oto and Missouri Indians near here in 1804.

The latitude of Council Bluffs is 41.261N. The longitude is -95.86W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 988 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 58,656.


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Median household income
Local
$36,221
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Council Bluffs demographic reports
Council Bluffs is on the Missouri River.
Former and merged names include:
· Hart's Bluff
· Kanesville
· Miller's Hollow
· Traders Point
Thousands of Mormons moved to the area from Nauvoo, IL, in 1846. Brigham Young was named president of the Mormon Church here the following year

Stopping point for Easterners heading toward California during the Gold Rush of 1848

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 497. The number of murders and homicides was 5. The violent crime rate was 8.5 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1991 movie, "The Indian Runner"
· 1996 movie, "Citizen Ruth"
1938 movie, "Union Pacific"
Well-known residents have included:
· Lee De Forest, radio pioneer
· Terry Kiser, actor
· Amelia Bloomer, suffragist
· Marjabelle Young Stewart, etiquette expert
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Panera Bread
Local festivals include:
  • WestFair - July 25-30, 2007
  • Ribfest - Aug. 17-19, 2007
  • White Catfish Event - July 21-22, 2007
  • Winter Film Festival - Dec. 8-9, 2007
Dates often change. Check Council Bluffs web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Lake Manawa State Park, Wilson Island State Recreation Area
Scenic roads: Loess Hills National Scenic Byway
Council Bluffs attractions: Casinos
Historic routes: Lewis and Clark route
Historic sites and museums: General Dodge House, Squirrel Cage Jail, Lewis and Clark Monument, RailsWest Railroad Museum
Colleges and universities: Iowa Western Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 60

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Council Bluffs demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Pottawattamie County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Omaha area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 51502 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

30% of Council Bluffs residents report German ancestry, and 16% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Council Bluffs ancestry & family history guide.

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Economy

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Council Bluffs was $18,143, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

14% of Council Bluffs residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Fairs, festivals & other events
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Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.

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History

Historic districts in Council Bluffs include Haymarket Commercial Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Council Bluffs, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $463.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $782.


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Libraries in Council Bluffs include Council Bluffs Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Council Bluffs include Daily Nonpareil

TV stations in Council Bluffs include KBIN.

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Pottawattamie County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Council Bluffs political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Council Bluffs workers is 18 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 22 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Council Bluffs between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 3.8 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly lower than the national norm.

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Council Bluffs, IA

Pros: It is a wonderful, friendly community...

Cons: If you have problems with local troublemaking kids stealing your car, beating up your children, or harassing you, don't expect much help from the police, especially if you live in some of the poorer neighborhoods...

This is a good place to A good place to go fishing, there are lots of different places to fish and much wildlife to be seen...

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