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Council Bluffs

Just 4 miles east of downtown Omaha lies Council Bluffs, Iowa. With a population of just over 60,000, this city on the east bank of the Missouri River now serves as a suburb of Omaha, although it once was the larger city in days long past. Affording residents a short commute into downtown with a historic and classic hometown feel, Council Bluffs prides itself on its parks and the dichotomy between its history and its bustling contemporary casinos.

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Rent Trends

As of September 2018, the average apartment rent in Council Bluffs, IA is $601 for a studio, $750 for one bedroom, $871 for two bedrooms, and $994 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Council Bluffs has increased by 1.5% in the past year.

Beds Avg Sq Ft Avg Rent
Studio 599 $601
1 BR 749 $750
2 BR 1,021 $871
3 BR 1,182 $994


47 Walk Score® Car-Dependent

Top 10 Apartments in Council Bluffs

  1. River Park by Broadmoor, Studio - 2 Bed, $680 - 1,420
  2. Highclere Apartments, 1-2 Bed, $860 - 960
  3. Riverbend Apartments, Studio - 2 Bed, $575 - 725
  4. 1501 Jackson, 1-3 Bed, $1,020 - 2,695
  5. Old Market Lofts, Studio - 2 Bed, $905 - 1,570
  6. Nichol Flats, 1-2 Bed, $895 - 1,535
  7. Capitol District Apartments, 1-2 Bed, $980 - 2,890
  8. Capitol Place, 1-2 Bed, $995 - 2,380
  9. The Brandeis, 1-3 Bed, $1,130 - 2,435
  10. 1415 @ The Yard, Studio - 2 Bed, $783 - 1,556

Living in Council Bluffs

  • Restaurants

    Although much of Council Bluffs has a definitively suburban feel with a variety of large chain restaurants and fast-food options, some unique businesses can be found hidden around town. For example, Boxer Barbeque on Creek Top still makes everything from scratch; no pre-made, generic sauces for this BBQ joint. Boxer smokes its meats with hickory, apple, peach, pecan and their own secret wood to create one-of-a-kind flavors. If the weather permits, grab a pulled pork sandwich with cornbread and baked beans before heading to nearby Bayliss Park for a heavenly picnic, but make sure to bring napkins.

    Check out Dixie Quick's on Broadway for an eclectic blend of Southern, Cajun and Tex-Mex flavors. The restaurant itself seems small and delightfully artsy, so reservations might be recommended during peak dining times. For breakfast, the Cactus Scramble, with cactus, eggs and black beans, or any of the decadent French Toast selections rank as hard to beat. For lunch, the Tofu Veggie sandwich with collard greens or black eyed peas defines comfort food at its very best.

    Looking for something more romantic? The intimate ambiance at Cellar 19 with its killer appetizers, such as the cheese board complemented with grapes and almonds, impressive wine selection, and fresh sandwiches make it the perfect spot to take your special someone for a glass of wine and nibbles, or a relaxing lunch.

    For late night entertainment, locals check out the bars, music venues and gaming tables found in the three large casinos housed within Council Bluffs. From cover bands to big names passing through, residents rarely find themselves at a loss for nighttime fun. Not into the casino scene? Check out Barleys Bar, found on the 100 Block, a historic area of Council Bluffs home to a wide variety of bars and restaurants. With cheap drink specials, historic appeal and a salad bar, Barleys has a distinct appeal. If you don't feel like a meal, complimentary popcorn fills the rooms with a buttery good scent.

  • History

    Council Bluffs was named after the historic councils between explorers from the east (including Lewis and Clark) and the local Indian populations. Over time, Council Bluffs became a strategic meeting location and a major stop for railroads. With a rich industrial history, Council Bluffs has had to reinvent itself in modern times; downtown urban renewal and the addition of casinos has helped keep the town relevant. An active Arts Council promotes small-scale art events around town.

    A relic from times past, the Pottawattamie County Jail, known as the "Squirrel Cage Jail," built in 1885 now serves as a museum. The Squirrel Cage featured a unique design, encompassing a rotary jail situated on a turntable that the warden cranked by hand. It's a popular attraction around Halloween.

  • Transportation

    Living and working around Council Bluffs remains somewhat difficult without a personal vehicle. Parking in residential areas comes as a snap, and visitors find metered parking in the old downtown area. Easy access to Interstates 29 and 80 makes travel into downtown Omaha or other areas in the region fairly convenient.

    Uber's availability only extends into the western half of the Council Bluffs area, but a metro bus system provides a fairly complete network of public transportation options, and bike racks on the buses allow residents to bike to a local station with ease. While bike lanes are only found on the largest roads, many of the roads crisscrossing Council Bluffs are considered bike friendly and make for reasonable travel via bicycle or on foot. The city's ample trails and wide residential sidewalks make recreational walking or biking a pleasure.

  • Cost

    The cost of living in Council Bluffs remains slightly lower than the Omaha average, with housing costing about 10 percent less. The average rental rate runs about $719 a month, and one can generally find a one-bedroom apartment for under $600.

    A domestic beer will cost you around $3.25, and a coffee in a coffeehouse likely runs just over $4, just slightly higher than average. Gas prices, however, sit at about 12 percent less than the national average, which works out great for this car-centric part of the country.

  • Shopping

    Typical for most suburban areas, Council Bluffs primarily has big-box and large-chain stores in shopping malls or strip malls, but local gems do exist. With several large shopping districts such as the Mall of the Bluffs, the Plaza, Metro Crossing Shopping Center and Marketplace Council Bluffs, shopping remains a favorite hobby of many locals. For one-of-a-kind finds, visit Jan-Tiques on Main Street--a quirky antique shop full of toys, furniture, crocks, tools, art and other distinctive items. Looking for an unconventional gift for a friend? Check out the Olive Branch on the outskirts of town. From fragrant soy candles and eccentric jewelry to bread mixes and books by local authors, one could spend an afternoon browsing the sweet smelling shelves of this gift shop. Chain groceries stores such as Hy-Vee claim the norm in Council Bluffs, but a few locally owned stores do exist. Bambi's Green Acres Natural Market on South Main, for example, prides itself on its one-on-one customer service, selection of natural supplements and foods, and variety of natural pet foods. Alternatively, a farmer's market, found on the corner of Main and Kanesville Blvd, presents fresh veggies and fruits, baked goods, and homemade jams and jellies every Saturday morning from May through October.

  • Parks

    Council Bluffs, proud of its Parks and Recreation division, touts 27 parks, and 31 miles of walking and biking trails. With prairies, wetlands, forests and grand hills, Council Bluffs provides a rich diversity of outdoor exploratory opportunities. In addition to neighborhood parks, golf courses, an ATV Park and a skate park provide residents with plenty of excuses to get outside.

    Bayliss Park, centrally located at the corner of 192 and 1st Avenue, sits ringed by beautiful historic buildings, features a fountain with light displays and a courtyard with benches perfect for a quick lunch. During the summer months bring your lawn chair or blanket, and settle down for a family friendly movie in the park. Although Council Bluffs doesn't have a dedicated dog park, Lake Manawa State Park, with its large natural lake and extensive trail system, remains popular with boating enthusiasts and dog lovers alike.


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  • River Park by Broadmoor
    20 S 41st St, Council Bluffs, IA 51501
    1 / 61
    $680 - 1,420 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
  • Highclere Apartments
    105 Landmark Dr, Council Bluffs, IA 51503
    1 / 160
    $860 - 960 1-2 Bed Available Now
  • Riverbend Apartments
    804 N 35th St, Council Bluffs, IA 51501
    1 / 49
    4 days
    $575 - 725 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
  • 1501 Jackson
    1501 Jackson St, Omaha, NE 68102
    1 / 73
    3 hrs
    $1,020 - 2,695 1-3 Bed Available Now
  • Old Market Lofts
    1011 Jones St, Omaha, NE 68102
    1 / 26
    4 hrs
    $905 - 1,570 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
  • Nichol Flats
    1015 N 16th St, Omaha, NE 68102
    1 / 62
    4 hrs
    $895 - 1,535 1-2 Bed Available Now
  • Capitol District Apartments
    225 N 12th St, Omaha, NE 68102
    1 / 49
    4 hrs
    $980 - 2,890 1-2 Bed Available Now
  • Capitol Place
    909 Capitol Ave, Omaha, NE 68102
    1 / 4
    $995 - 2,380 1-2 Bed Available 10/28/18
  • The Brandeis
    210 S 16th St, Omaha, NE 68102
    1 / 32
    1 day
    $1,130 - 2,435 1-3 Bed Available Now
  • 1415 @ The Yard
    1415 Cuming St NE, Omaha, NE 68102
    1 / 58
    3 days
    $783 - 1,556 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
  • Orpheum Tower
    405-409 S 16th St, Omaha, NE 68102
    1 / 60
    1 wk
    $750 - 1,655 1-2 Bed Available Now
  • Breakers
    415 Leavenworth St, Omaha, NE 68102
    1 / 72
    1 wk
    $935 - 1,430 1-2 Bed Available Now
  • Bluffs, The
    2065 Nash Blvd, Council Bluffs, IA 51501
    1 / 21
    $635 - 830 1-3 Bed Available 11/10/18
  • Parkwild Apartments
    1801 Parkwild Dr, Council Bluffs, IA 51501
    1 / 72
    1 day
    $775 - 1,500 1-3 Bed Available Now
  • Limelight
    325 S 16th St, Omaha, NE 68102
    1 / 71
    3 hrs
    $700 - 1,724 Studio - 2 Bed Available 09/19/18
  • Skinner Macaroni Lofts
    1323 Jackson St, Omaha, NE 68102
    1 / 18
    4 hrs
    $885 - 1,835 Studio - 3 Bed Available Now
  • L14 Flats
    802 S 14th St, Omaha, NE 68108
    1 / 18
    4 hrs
    $885 - 1,325 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
  • L15 Lofts
    801 S 15th St, Omaha, NE 68108
    1 / 33
    4 hrs
    $915 - 1,480 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
  • The Barker Building
    306 S 15th St, Omaha, NE 68102
    1 / 26
    4 hrs
    $950 - 1,450 1-2 Bed Available Now
  • 8 Street Apartments
    801 Pacific St, Omaha, NE 68108
    1 / 71
    $795 - 1,000 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
  • The Corvina
    915 Jones St, Omaha, NE 68102
    1 / 64
    2 wks
    $925 - 2,995 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
  • Sherwood Forest Estates
    2009 Sherwood Ct, Council Bluffs, IA 51503
    $660 - 834 1-2 Bed Available Now
  • Cottonwood Apartments
    806 N 34th St, Council Bluffs, IA 51501
    $580 - 785 1-2 Bed Available Now
  • CopperCreek
    2704 E Kainesville Blvd, Council Bluffs, IA 51503
    4 hrs
    Call for Rent 1-3 Bed Not Available

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