Council Bluffs, IA

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Population

62,317

0.0144% decline

Median Age

37.2


Median Household Income

$49,750

5.63% growth

Poverty Rate

13.9%


Number of Employees

30,797

0.127% growth

Median Property Value

$115,800

2.03% growth

About

In 2017, Council Bluffs, IA had a population of 62.3k people with a median age of 37.2 and a median household income of $49,750. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Council Bluffs, IA declined from 62,326 to 62,317, a -0.0144% decrease and its median household income grew from $47,097 to $49,750, a 5.63% increase.

The population of Council Bluffs, IA is 84.6% White Alone, 10.2% Hispanic or Latino, and 2.15% Two or More Races. 8.1% of the people in Council Bluffs, IA speak a non-English language, and 96.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Council Bluffs, IA are Iowa Western Community College (1,151 degrees awarded in 2016) and E Q School of Hair Design (23 degrees).

The median property value in Council Bluffs, IA is $115,800, and the homeownership rate is 60.8%. Most people in Council Bluffs, IA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 18.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Council Bluffs, IA is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Council Bluffs, IA employs 30.8k people. The largest industries in Council Bluffs, IA are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,901 people), Retail Trade (4,326 people), and Manufacturing (3,530 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($74,444), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($54,375), and Public Administration ($50,341).

Median household income in Council Bluffs, IA is $49,750. Males in Council Bluffs, IA have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,006. The income inequality in Council Bluffs, IA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.443, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$49,750

2017 value

± $1,443

5.63%

1 Year Growth

± 4.15%

Households in Council Bluffs, IA have a median annual income of $49,750, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $47,097 in 2016, which represents a 5.63% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$58,922

Average Male Salary

± $1,635

$44,006

Average Female Salary

± $1,197

In 2017, full-time male employees in Council Bluffs, IA made 1.34 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $50,374 ± $7,648

  2. White

    $44,731 ± $967

  3. Black

    $32,234 ± $4,518

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Council Bluffs, IA workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.13 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Council Bluffs, IA is from Iowa.

0.443

2017 Wage GINI

0.445

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Iowa was 0.443 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.563% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Iowa was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Iowa in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Iowa across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 316.01

  2. Census Tract 316.02

  3. Census Tract 319

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Council Bluffs, IA was Census Tract 316.01 with a value of $85,625, followed by Census Tract 316.02 and Census Tract 319, with respective values of $70,625 and $66,667.

The following map shows all of the places in Council Bluffs, IA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

13.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Council Bluffs, IA (8.32k out of 60k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 35 - 44.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    7,287 ± 501

  2. Hispanic

    1,437 ± 250

  3. Other

    455 ± 167

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Council Bluffs, IA is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

30.8k

2017 Value

± 1,045

0.127%

1 Year growth

± 4.77%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Council Bluffs, IA grew at a rate of 0.127%, from 30.8k employees to 30.8k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Council Bluffs, IA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,041 people), Sales & Related Occupations (3,316 people), and Production Occupations (2,357 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Council Bluffs, IA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Council Bluffs, IA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,041 people), Sales & Related Occupations (3,316 people), and Production Occupations (2,357 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Council Bluffs, IA has an unusually high number of residents working as Material Moving Occupations (2 times higher than expected), Transportation Occupations (1.42 times), and Healthcare Support Occupations (1.34 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Council Bluffs, IA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($62,455), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($61,500), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($59,527).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

30.8k

2017 Value

± 1,045

0.127%

1 Year growth

± 4.77%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Council Bluffs, IA grew at a rate of 0.127%, from 30.8k employees to 30.8k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Council Bluffs, IA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,901 people), Retail Trade (4,326 people), and Manufacturing (3,530 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Council Bluffs, IA, though some of these residents may live in Council Bluffs, IA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Council Bluffs, IA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,901 people), Retail Trade (4,326 people), and Manufacturing (3,530 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Council Bluffs, IA has an unusually high number of Transportation & Warehousing (1.49 times higher than expected), Wholesale Trade (1.33 times), and Finance & Insurance (1.29 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Council Bluffs, IA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($74,444), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($54,375), and Public Administration ($50,341).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Iowa to other states, or from other states to Iowa.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $24.8B

  2. $18.8B

  3. $18.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Iowa product (by dollars) was Cereal grains with $24.8B, followed by Machinery with $18.8B and Other ag prods. and $18.2B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Iowa products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$245B

2015 Value

$363B

Projected 2045 Value

47.9% growth

In 2015, total outbound Iowa trade was $245B. This is expected to increase 47.9% to $363B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Iowa trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Iowa to other states, or from other states to Iowa.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $26.2B

  2. $16.1B

  3. $11.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Iowa domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $26.2B, followed by Minnesota with $16.1B and Nebraska and $11.4B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Iowa shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

92.1% of the population of Council Bluffs, IA has health coverage, with 46.5% on employee plans, 19.8% on Medicaid, 11.4% on Medicare, 12.3% on non-group plans, and 1.93% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Council Bluffs, IA was $8,200 in 2014. This is a 5.05% increase from the previous year ($7,806).

Primary care physicians in Council Bluffs, IA see 1363 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.04% increase from the previous year (1349 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1561 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 756 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Appanoose County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (13.3%). Additionally, Union County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,363 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Iowa see an average of 1,363 patients per year. This represents a 1.04% increase from the previous year (1,349 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

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Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,200

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,076

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,702

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,317

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Iowa (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.05%, from $7,806 to $8,200.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

7.92%

Uninsured

46.5%

Employer Coverage

19.8%

Medicaid

11.4%

Medicare

12.3%

Non-Group

1.93%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Council Bluffs, IA declined by 16.6% from 9.5% to 7.92%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Council Bluffs, IA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 13.3% prevalence

  2. 12.6% prevalence

  3. 12.1% prevalence

Appanoose County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Iowa, at 13.3%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Iowa by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Council Bluffs, IA is home to a population of 62.3k people, from which 96.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 5.08% of Council Bluffs, IA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Council Bluffs, IA is composed of 52.7k White Alone residents (84.6%), 6.35k Hispanic or Latino residents (10.2%), 1.34k Two or More Races residents (2.15%), 1.14k Black or African American Alone residents (1.82%), 494 Asian Alone residents (0.793%), 256 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.411%), 12 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0193%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Council Bluffs, IA are Spanish or Spanish Creole (4,058 speakers), French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) (167 speakers), and Tagalog (140 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

37

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.7

39

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 4.6

In 2017, the median age of all people in Council Bluffs, IA was 37.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 39. But people in Council Bluffs, IA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Council Bluffs, IA residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.08%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

4.87%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 5.08% of Council Bluffs, IA residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Council Bluffs, IA was 4.87%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    41,844 ± 4,988 people

  2. China

    10,526 ± 2,515 people

  3. India

    10,455 ± 2,506 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Council Bluffs, IA was Mexico, the natal country of 41,844 Council Bluffs, IA residents, followed by China with 10,526 and India with 10,455.

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Citizenship

96.9%

2017 Citizenship

97.1%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.9% of Council Bluffs, IA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Council Bluffs, IA was 97.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    52.7k ± 293

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    6.35k ± 662

  3. Two or More Races

    1.34k ± 289

In 2017, there were 8.31 times more White Alone residents (52.7k people) in Council Bluffs, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 6.35k Hispanic or Latino and 1.34k Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Council Bluffs, IA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    4,058 speakers (6.97%)

  2. French (Incl. Patois, Cajun)

    167 speakers (0.287%)

  3. Tagalog

    140 speakers (0.241%)

8.1% of Council Bluffs, IA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Council Bluffs, IA was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 6.97% of the overall population of Council Bluffs, IA are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.287% speak French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) and 0.241% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,439 ± 152

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    677 ± 167

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    633 ± 146

Council Bluffs, IA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.13 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Council Bluffs, IA awarded 1,174 degrees. The student population of Council Bluffs, IA is skewed towards women, with 2,651 male students and 3,471 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Council Bluffs, IA are White (947 and 82.1%), followed by Black or African American (91 and 7.89%), Hispanic or Latino (67 and 5.81%), and Asian (18 and 1.56%).

The largest universities in Council Bluffs, IA by number of degrees awarded are Iowa Western Community College (1,151 and 98%) and E Q School of Hair Design (23 and 1.96%).

The most popular majors in Council Bluffs, IA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (503 and 42.8%), Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (115 and 9.8%), and Registered Nursing (114 and 9.71%).

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Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 25 degrees awarded

  2. 497 degrees awarded

  3. 114 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Council Bluffs, IA was Dental Hygiene with 25 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Council Bluffs, IA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,151 degrees awarded

  2. 23 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Council Bluffs, IA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Iowa Western Community College with 1,151 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

465

Degrees Awarded to Men

709

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 465 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Council Bluffs, IA, which is 0.656 times less than the 709 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    947 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    91 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    67 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Council Bluffs, IA were to White students. These 947 degrees mean that there were 10.4 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 91 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Council Bluffs, IA was $115,800 in 2017, which is 0.532 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $113,500 to $115,800, a 2.03% increase. The homeownership rate in Council Bluffs, IA is 60.8%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Council Bluffs, IA have an average commute time of 18.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Council Bluffs, IA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$49,750

Median Household Income

± $1,443

24.8k

Number of Households

± 893

In 2017, the median household income of the 24.8k households in Council Bluffs, IA grew to $49,750 from the previous year's value of $47,097.

The following chart displays the households in Council Bluffs, IA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$115,800

2017 Median

± $2,312

$113,500

2016 Median

± $2,572

In 2017, the median property value in Council Bluffs, IA grew to to $115,800 from the previous year's value of $113,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Council Bluffs, IA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Council Bluffs, IA the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Council Bluffs, IA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Council Bluffs, IA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

60.8%

2017 Homeownership

61.2%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 60.8% of the housing units in Council Bluffs, IA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 61.2%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Council Bluffs, IA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Council Bluffs, IA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Council Bluffs, IA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

18.1 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Council Bluffs, IA have a shorter commute time (18.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.15% of the workforce in Council Bluffs, IA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    84.2%

  2. Carpooled

    9.03%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.47%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Council Bluffs, IA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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