Des Moines Demographics

Population - Employment - Households - Income / Financial - Housing - Education - Marital Status - Means of Transport to Work - Median Income by Zipcode

What is the population of Des Moines?

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There are 215,408 residents in Des Moines, with a median age of 34. Of this, 49.13% are males and 50.87% are females. US-born citizens make up 86.21% of the resident pool in Des Moines, while non-US-born citizens account for 5.75%. Additionally, 8.03% of the population is represented by non-citizens.
A total of 174,814 people in Des Moines currently live in the same house as they did last year.
Y-o-Y Change
Total Population 215,408 -0.1%
Male Population 105,826 -0.5%
Female Population 109,582 0.2%
Male population 49.13%
Female population 50.87%
Y-o-Y Change
Median Age 34 -0.6%
Citizen US Born 185,708 -0.5%
Citizen not US Born 12,392 6.4%
Not Citizen 17,308 -0.4%
Citizen US Born 86.21%
Citizen not US Born 5.75%
Not Citizen 8.03%
Y-o-Y Change
Moved from Abroad 966 -8.6%
Moved from Same County 24,821 -6.5%
Moved from Same State 5,581 -12.0%
Moved from Different State 6,551 -7.5%
Same House as Last Year 174,814 1.7%
Moved from Abroad 0.45%
Moved from Same County 11.67%
Moved from Same State 2.62%
Moved from Different State 3.08%
Same House as Last Year 82.18%

What are the employment statistics in Des Moines?

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White-collar workers make up 76.52% of the working population in Des Moines, while blue-collar employees account for 23.48%. There are also 7,222 entrepreneurs in Des Moines (6.49% of the workforce); 81,697 workers employed in private companies (73.41%); and 11,475 people working in governmental institutions (10.31%).
Y-o-Y Change
White Collar 85,156 -0.2%
Blue Collar 26,126 -3.6%
White Collar 76.52%
Blue Collar 23.48%
Y-o-Y Change
Self Employees 7,222 -2.0%
Private Companies 81,697 -1.7%
Governmental Workers 11,475 -2.4%
Not for Profit Companies 10,888 7.5%
Self Employees 6.49%
Private Companies 73.41%
Governmental Workers 10.31%
Not for Profit Companies 9.78%

How many households are there in Des Moines?

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There are a total of 85,667 households in Des Moines, each made up of around 2 members. Family establishments represent 55.3% of these Des Moines households, while non-family units account for the remaining 44.7%. Additionally, 30.69% of households have children and 69.31% of households are without children.
Y-o-Y Change
Total Households 85,667 -0.2%
Average People Per Household 2 0.4%
Family Households 47,374 -2.1%
Non-family Households 38,293 2.3%
Family Households 55.3%
Non-family Households 44.7%
Y-o-Y Change
Households with Children 26,293 0.2%
Households without Children 59,374 -0.4%
Households with Children 30.69%
Households without Children 69.31%

What are the median and average incomes in Des Moines?

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The average annual household income in Des Moines is $70,393, while the median household income sits at $54,843 per year. Residents aged 25 to 44 earn $60,775, while those between 45 and 64 years old have a median wage of $64,218. In contrast, people younger than 25 and those older than 65 earn less, at $32,121 and $39,133, respectively.
Y-o-Y Change
Average Household Income $70,393 1.9%
Median Household Income $54,843 2.5%
People below Poverty Level 33,061 -1.0%
People above Poverty Level 174,988 0.1%

How many homeowners and renters are there in Des Moines?

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There are 93,052 housing units in Des Moines, and the median year in which these properties were built is 1959. Of the 85,667 occupied housing units in Des Moines, 59.57% are owner-occupied, while 40.43% have renters living in them.
Meanwhile, properties bought with mortgages account for 69.35% of the units, and the median value of a home with a mortgage is $144,800. In general, housing costs reach $966 per month in Des Moines.
Y-o-Y Change
Housing Units 93,052 -0.1%
Median Year Built 1959 0.1%
Built in 1939 or Earlier 25,755 -5.6%
Built between 1940 and 1949 7,482 -2.6%
Built between 1950 and 1959 14,011 -1.2%
Built between 1960 and 1969 9,557 -2.1%
Built between 1970 and 1979 12,455 -0.3%
Built between 1980 and 1989 6,236 4.8%
Built between 1990 and 1999 6,852 13.8%
Built between 2000 and 2009 6,446 -5.2%
Built in 2010 or Later 4,258 42.6%
Y-o-Y Change
Occupied Housing Units 85,667 -0.2%
Owner Occupied 51,035 -1.0%
Renter Occupied 34,632 1.1%
Owner Occupied 59.57%
Renter Occupied 40.43%
Y-o-Y Change
With Mortgage 35,395 -1.3%
Without Mortgage 15,640 -0.3%
Median Value with Mortgage $144,800 4.7%
Median Value without Mortgage $131,800 10.0%
Median Housing Costs per Month $966 2.6%
With Mortgage 69.35%
Without Mortgage 30.65%

What is the level of education in Des Moines?

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Approximately 37.21% of the population in Des Moines holds a high school degree (that's 60,935 residents), while 22.58% have attained a college certificate (41,391 locals) and 18.7% have a bachelor's degree (30,621 people).
Y-o-Y Change
No High School 9,366 0.4%
Some High School 60,935 -1.5%
Some College 41,391 -2.9%
Associate Degree 13,802 1.8%
Bachelor's Degree 30,621 5.0%
Graduate Degree 12,059 4.2%
No High School 5.72%
Some High School 37.21%
Some College 22.58%
Associate Degree 8.43%
Bachelor's Degree 18.7%
Graduate Degree 7.36%

What is the marital status of Des Moines residents?

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A total of 68,484 people in Des Moines have never been married (which represents 39.79% of the total population), while 71,478 of them are wedded (41.53%). Separated and divorced residents are in smaller numbers, at 3,365 (1.96%) and 23,007 (13.37%), respectively.
Y-o-Y Change
Never Married 68,484 1.7%
Married 71,478 -1.2%
Separated 3,365 -0.2%
Widowed 9,145 -0.7%
Divorced 23,007 -3.0%
Never Married 39.79%
Married 41.53%
Separated 1.96%
Widowed 5.31%
Divorced 13.37%

What are the most common means of transportation in Des Moines?

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The top three means of transportation people in Des Moines use to get to work are: car, walking and bus or trolley bus. A total of 96,180 residents commute by car, 2,974 prefer going to work by walking and 1,976 by bus or trolley bus.
Y-o-Y Change
Car 96,180 -2.6%
Bus or TrolleyBus 1,976 -18.5%
Railroad 18 -40.0%
Ferryboat 60 27.7%
Bicycle 355 -11.0%
Motorcycle 210 -8.3%
TaxiCab 374 57.1%
Walk 2,974 -6.2%

What is the median and average household income in Des Moines by zipcode?

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ZipCode Population Number of Households Median Income Average Income
50309 8,228 5,634 $50,549.00 $69,601.00
50310 31,965 12,996 $64,213.00 $76,391.00
50311 15,936 6,079 $55,066.00 $69,649.00
50312 15,732 7,904 $66,194.00 $107,838.00
50313 19,306 6,900 $54,387.00 $62,202.00
50314 11,231 3,902 $39,370.00 $49,641.00
50315 36,097 14,449 $51,710.00 $61,364.00
50316 15,892 5,190 $44,869.00 $52,638.00
50317 36,665 14,011 $55,294.00 $64,413.00

Methodology & Disclaimers


Demographic data shown in this section was gathered from the latest U.S. Census Bureau release, the 2020 American Community Survey. The information is updated yearly, as soon as new data is made available by the US Census Bureau.
No representation, guarantee or warranty is made as to the accuracy or completeness of information modified or aggregated for specific neighborhoods and/or zip codes.

Zip codes included in this demographic data: 50309 50310 50311 50312 50313 50314 50315 50316 50317 50319 50320 50321

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