Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
711,490
1.35% 1-year growth
US Senator
Chuck Grassley
Republican Party
US Senator
Joni Ernst
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
36.6
0.549% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
9.18%
1.74% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$81,103
7.94% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$235,800
14.9% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
377,319
1.19% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA had a population of 711k people with a median age of 36.6 and a median household income of $81,103. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA grew from 702,036 to 711,490, a 1.35% increase and its median household income grew from $75,134 to $81,103, a 7.94% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA are White (Non-Hispanic) (79.4%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (5.44%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (4.11%), White (Hispanic) (3.58%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.16%).

None of the households in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

95.7% of the residents in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA are Des Moines Area Community College (4,028 degrees awarded in 2022), Drake University (1,525 degrees), and Grand View University (527 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA was $235,800, and the homeownership rate was 69.6%.

Most people in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 20.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA was 2 cars per household.

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA borders Ames, IA, Boone, IA, Carroll, IA, Newton, IA, and Pella, IA.

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Population & Diversity

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA is home to a population of 711k people, from which 95.7% are citizens. As of 2022, 8.07% of Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA residents were born outside of the country (57.4k people).

In 2022, there were 14.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (565k people) in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 38.7k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 29.3k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

95.7%
2022 Citizenship
95.7%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 95.7% of Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA was 95.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    565k ± 911
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    38.7k ± 1.23k
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    29.3k ± 938
7.57%
Hispanic Population
53.8k people

In 2022, there were 14.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (565k people) in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 38.7k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 29.3k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

7.57% of the people in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA are hispanic (53.8k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    42,604 ± 5,034 people
  2. India
    12,351 ± 2,723 people
  3. Vietnam
    7,795 ± 2,165 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Iowa was Mexico, the natal country of 42,604 Iowa residents, followed by India with 12,351 and Vietnam with 7,795.

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Foreign-Born Population

8.07%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
57.4k people
8.11%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
57k people

As of 2022, 8.07% of Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA residents (57.4k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA was 8.11%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    9,888 ± 626
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    7,817 ± 791
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    5,478 ± 758

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.26 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA employs 377k people. The largest industries in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA are Finance & Insurance (51,239 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (48,912 people), and Retail Trade (41,814 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($82,018), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($78,532), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($75,189).

Males in Iowa have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $54,745. The income inequality in Iowa (measured using the Gini index) is 0.442, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

377k
2022 Value
± 5,145
1.19%
1 Year growth
± 1.91%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA grew at a rate of 1.19%, from 373k employees to 377k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (41,906 people), Management Occupations (41,478 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (37,139 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

377k
2022 Value
± 5,145
1.19%
1 Year growth
± 1.91%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA grew at a rate of 1.19%, from 373k employees to 377k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA, are Finance & Insurance (51,239 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (48,912 people), and Retail Trade (41,814 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA, though some of these residents may live in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$58,200
Median earning men ± $822
$43,515
Median earning women ± $834

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($81,323), Public Administration ($78,879), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($74,599).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($68,571), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($63,657), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($56,318).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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1.48%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 1.57M people employed in Iowa. This represents a 1.48% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.9%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Iowa.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 5,946
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 5,160
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 3,937
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Iowa went to Donald J. Trump with 52.8% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (44.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.16%).

Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst are the senators currently representing the state of Iowa. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Iowa is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Iowa

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Chuck Grassley
Senator from Iowa3
Assumed office on January 3, 1981
Joni Ernst
Senator from Iowa2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst are the senators currently representing Iowa.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Iowa

Iowa is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Iowa have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA awarded 7,697 degrees. The student population of Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 13,635 male students and 18,927 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA are White (5,628 and 74%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (550 and 7.23%), Unknown (478 and 6.28%), and Black or African American (402 and 5.28%).

The largest universities in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA by number of degrees awarded are Des Moines Area Community College (4,028 and 52.3%), Drake University (1,525 and 19.8%), and Grand View University (527 and 6.85%).

The most popular majors in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (951 and 12.4%), Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (534 and 6.94%), and Registered Nursing (505 and 6.56%).

The median tuition cost in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA for private four year colleges is $31,418.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 74.7%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 16.5%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 32,562 (41.9% men and 58.1% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 32,562 students enrolled in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA, 41.9% men and 58.1% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 21,856 records, of which 58.3% were women and 41.7% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 906 degrees awarded
  2. 214 degrees awarded
  3. 96 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 906 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 4,028 degrees awarded
  2. 1,525 degrees awarded
  3. 527 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Des Moines Area Community College with 4,028 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 2,965 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA, which is 0.627 times less than the 4,732 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 5,628 degrees mean that there were 10.2 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 550 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($31,418) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($745) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,146) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.66% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.685% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (751k), Some college (564k), and Bachelors Degree (469k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA was $235,800 in 2022, which is 0.836 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $205,200 to $235,800, a 14.9% increase. The homeownership rate in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA is 69.6%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA have an average commute time of 20.8 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA is $81,103. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA was Dallas County, IA with a value of $99,533, followed by Warren County, IA and Madison County, IA, with respective values of $89,741 and $88,110.

Property

$235,800
Median Property Value 2022
±$2,617
$197,711
Median Property Taxes
±$2,880

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

69.6%
Homeownership
2022
62.5%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 69.6% of the housing units in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 69.6%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA was Dallas County, IA with a value of $99,533, followed by Warren County, IA and Madison County, IA, with respective values of $89,741 and $88,110.

The following map shows all of the counties in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$81,103
Median Household Income
± $1,080
284k
Number of Households
± 4,213

In 2022, the median household income of the 284k households in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA grew to $81,103 from the previous year's value of $75,134.

The following chart displays the households in Des Moines-West Des Moines, 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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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA is from Iowa.
0.442
2022 Wage GINI in Iowa
0.439
2021 Wage GINI in Iowa

In 2022, the income inequality in Iowa was 0.442 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.723% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Iowa was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Iowa in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (76.2%)
  2. Worked At Home (12.7%)
  3. Carpooled (7.67%)

In 2022, 76.2% of workers in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (12.7%) and those who carpooled to work (7.67%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

20.8 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA have a shorter commute time (20.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.24% of the workforce in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

9.18% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA (64.1k out of 698k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 18 - 24.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

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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Health

95.6% of the population of Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA has health coverage, with 57.9% on employee plans, 14.8% on Medicaid, 10.5% on Medicare, 11.1% on non-group plans, and 1.3% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Iowa see 1347 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.737% decrease from the previous year (1357 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1436 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 569 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,347 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Iowa

Primary care physicians in Iowa see an average of 1,347 patients per year. This represents a 0.737% decrease from the previous year (1,357 patients).

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 26.2% under 18 years, 21.7% between 18 and 34 years, 38.3% between 35 and 64 years, and 13.8% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.3% were men and 50.7% were women.

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Uninsured People

4.42%
Uninsured
57.9%
Employer Coverage
14.8%
Medicaid
10.5%
Medicare
11.1%
Non-Group
1.3%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA grew by 1.92% from 4.33% to 4.42%.

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