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Community of Council Bluffs

Small-town charm with big-city amenities

Why choose between bustling city life and small-town hospitality? Council Bluffs has both!

Nestled in the stunning Loess Hills of southwest Iowa, Council Bluffs offers small-town charm with metropolitan amenities. Catch a performance at one of our world-class venues after dining at one of our beloved restaurants. Craving an outdoor adventure? Follow the 62-mile Wabash Trace Trail through the scenic countryside, or tour the Iowa West Foundation’s public art pieces.

We at Heartland Properties are proud members of the Council Bluffs community. Discover what we love about our city, and contact us for more information!

HOUSING

There’s something for everyone when it comes to Council Bluffs housing, from luxury high-rise apartments to spacious single-family homes. New developments are constantly popping up in this growing community. 

Ready to find your perfect home? Start your search here.

EDUCATION

With student-to-teacher ratios among the lowest in the nation, Iowa schools also boast some of the highest standardized test scores compared to other states. In addition, an impressive 78% of all students complete some form of post-secondary study. We love our educators!

Learn more about our excellent area schools here.

HEALTHCARE

Here in Council Bluffs, we value quality healthcare, and it shows. Our city is home to two full-service hospitals and several specialized clinics. These facilities attract top-notch caregivers from across the globe and provide leading medical technology in more than 20 medical specialties.

Explore area health care options.

ATTRACTIONS

Want to try something new? Whether it’s a walk across the river on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, a tour of the Historic Squirrel Cage Jail, or some good old-fashioned go-carting at Joe’s Indoor Karting, you’ll find a little something for everyone here.

Choose your next adventure.

PARKS AND RECREATION

Council Bluffs takes pride in its 29 parks, two aquatic centers, and Council Bluffs Recreation Complex. Spread across 750 acres, these beautiful parks and green spaces play host to sports, recreational activities, and special events.

Get outside.

ENTERTAINMENT

From an arena rock show to an outdoor music festival, from a community theater production to an IMAX screening: whatever your flavor, we’ve got you covered. 

Plan your weekend.

CASINOS

Feeling lucky? Try your hand at one of our three fantastic casinos. Each has a distinct personality (one’s even a riverboat!), but all three feature various games, dining, and events.

Visit the Vegas of the Midwest.

SHOPPING

Find your favorite national chains and unique treasures alike in Council Bluffs. Also, don’t forget to check out the Farmers Market for delicious local treats!

Search Council Bluffs shopping options here.

SPORTS

Council Bluffs is a golfer’s dream, with five local courses and many more in neighboring Omaha. Is pickleball more your speed? We’ve got that, too – plus bowling, baseball, downhill skiing, and more.

Learn more about the Council Bluffs sports scene.

WINERIES & ORCHARDS

Book a wine tasting at one of southwest Iowa’s prized vineyards and enjoy gorgeous views of the Loess hills. Looking for something more family-friendly? Plan a trip to one of our family-owned orchards for some fall fun!

Discover Council Bluffs’s wineries and orchards.

CITY

Council Bluffs operates under a nonpartisan mayor/council form, with the mayor and five council members elected at large by a popular vote. It’s one of just two of Iowa’s 940 cities that follows a ‘strong mayor’ form of government, in which the mayor has executive power and direct responsibility for administrative oversight. The city council is responsible for establishing policy and certifying the budget. 

As of the most recent census, Council Bluffs’s population is 62,376 with a metro area population of a 967,604. 


Learn more about our city demographics and local government here.

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