Income/capita 17%
Household income 15%
Unemployment 24%
IndexCouncil BluffsIowaNational
Income per capita$24,720$28,872$29,829
Median household income$47,097$54,570$55,322
Median income owner occupied$59,684$66,527$70,586
Median income renter occupied$31,232$30,828$35,192
Median earnings male$32,980$37,409$36,919
Median earnings female$25,939$25,115$26,250
Unemployment rate3.6%3.1%4.7%
Poverty level14.8%12.3%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in Council Bluffs is 17% lower than the national average
  • The median household income in Council Bluffs is 15% lower than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Council Bluffs is 24% lower than the national average
  • The poverty level in Council Bluffs is 2% lower than the national average

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      Council Bluffs employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry12.0%1.2%
      Manufacturing sector16.7%1.3%
      Financial & insurance services3.6%8.1%
      Wholesale & retail services19.3%14.3%
      Public administration2.8%3.4%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities10.3%2.9%
      Education, health & social services8.3%38.3%

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      Papillion, NE19,520$77,33940%
      Underwood, IA808$76,66739%
      Council Bluffs, IA62,326$47,09715%

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      Dundalk, MD62,337$49,29211%
      Haverhill, MA62,340$62,75113%
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      Broomfield, CO62,449$83,33451%
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      Council Bluffs, IA62,326$47,09715%
      Source: The Council Bluffs, IA employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).