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A great place to live, Council Bluffs is a city with pride for its role in history, its natural beauty, and its strong and varied economy. Its schools are progressive and achievement-oriented. It boasts leading-edge healthcare with many recreational and cultural opportunities available. Council Bluffs is a community of promise and opportunity!

Cost of Living:

  • Median Household Income: $53,524
  • Median Home Value: $120,100 
  • Average Commute to Work: 19 minutes
  • Council Bluffs Population: 62,166
  • Pottawattamie County Population: 93,206


Council Bluffs Statistics:

  • K-12 Schools:  22 
  • Registered Child Care Facilities: 93
  • Hospitals: 2
  • Healthcare Clinics: 14
  • Only Minutes from Downtown Omaha
  • Cumulative Local Philanthropic Spending: Over $1 Billion 
  • CB Police - Crime Rate:  Decreased by 16% 
  • CB Fire - ISO Rating: Class 1
  • Miles of Trails: 48
  • Number of Parks: 28

Top Occupations:

  • Advanced Manufacturing/ Food Production
  • Gaming
  • Healthcare
  • Information Technology
  • Transportation/Logistics
  • Warehouse/Distribution

Child Care Facilities:

Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) is a program to support quality child care throughout the state of Iowa. is a great resource for finding childcare resources to meet your needs. Pottawattamie County has numerous childcare options available.

  • Registered Child Development Homes: 64 programs; 716 spaces
  • Child Care Homes: 21 programs; 126 spaces
  • Department of Education Operated Preschools: 13 programs; 763 spaces
  • DHS Licensed Centers/Preschools: 40 programs; 3,383 spaces
  • 138 total programs and 4,988 total spaces in Pottawattamie County

*Schools District Department of Education (DOE) programs are not licensed by DHS but meed Standards for Child Care adopted by the State Board of Education. CCR&R may not have all DOE programs and Child Care Homes listed since they are not regulated by DHS. 

Area Resources:

The Council Bluffs community has numerous organizations that work to improve the quality of life for its residents and visitors alike. Whether you are searching for an organization to serve as a volunteer or looking to fill a need, we encourage you to reach out to one of the many partners that serve our community.

Advance Southwest Iowa Corporation | (402) 960-8505
Provides a one-stop shop for economic development needs. 

CB Helps
Connection people to resources, professionals, and agencies that offer support and guidance to individuals and families in need. 

Child Care Resource & Referral | (712) 755-7381
Find childcare that fits your needs throughout the state of Iowa. 

The City of Council Bluffs | (712) 890-5100
Continuously improving the quality of life and attractiveness of the City of Council Bluffs. 

Community Foundation for Western Iowa | (712) 256-7007
Helping our community meet the challenges of challenging times. 

Community Foundation of Southwest Iowa | (402) 342-3458
Supporting arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and historic preservation. 

Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce | (712) 325-1000
Enhancing the economic growth and prosperity of the Council Bluffs area!

Council Bluffs Convention & Visitors Bureau | (712) 256-2577
Council Bluffs is unlike anywhere else. On purpose! Let us be your tour guide. Keeping residents and visitors up to date on the latest happenings in our area! 

Iowa West Foundation | (712) 309-3000
Improving lives and strengthening communities for current and future generations. 

Pottawattamie County | (712) 328-5600
Providing the highest quality of government to its citizens and other government entities in the most efficient manner. 

The 712 Initiative  | (712) 396-2494
Working to enhance the overall prosperity of our community, increase social connection and well-being of residents, and work to activate community partnerships and strengthen neighborhoods. 

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