City of West Des Moines, IA
West Des Moines is located in Warren County in Iowa. The median income is $68,283 and the median home value is $184,400. The unemployment rate is 3.95% compared to the 6.1% unemployment rate for the United States (as of August 2014). Workers commute an average of 16.2 minutes to work each day. The population is 88% White, 4% Black, 5% Asian. 0% of residents are of Hispanic or Latino origin. 3% identify as another race or ethnicity, or two or more races. For more on schools, business, and healthcare in West Des Moines, see each of the tabs to the leftabove. Walkability can be a key driver of the overall livability of a community. West Des Moines has a Walk Score® of 28.
Median Household Income$68,283
Median Home Price$184,400
Val Air Ballroom West Des Moines’ concert spot, Val Air Ballroom is the best entertainment venue for locals in the greater Des Moines area. Concert goers stand, but the ballroom has a bar with plenty of seating for music lovers with weary feet. The venue has plenty of room for dancing and hosts musical acts across all genres, from heavy metal to hip hop. The Jordan House
West Des Moines is full of open spaces and plentiful park space. From biking to swimming to golf, there are plenty of things to do outside. Parks The West Des Moines parks department maintain more than 1,200 acres of parkland and open space. The city’s largest park is Raccoon River Park, which accounts for more than 600 of the city’s parks acreage. There are also almost 50 miles of trails throughout West Des Moines for biking and walking. Aquatic Centers
Historic District Historic Valley Junction has been an attraction and shopping destination for locals for more than a century. In the late 1800s, Valley Junction brought in visitors who were intrigued by the new merchants and shopping neighborhood. Today, Valley Junction, especially on Fifth Street, is full of art galleries and shops that sell everything from custom furniture to dog treats. Malls
SchoolsIn West Des Moines, Iowa
The quality of a school district if often a top factor for parents considering where to live. Strong school systems attract new residents and help their cities prosper. See how West Des Moines rates.
BusinessIn West Des Moines, Iowa
Being a great place to live and being a great place to work, often go hand-in-hand. Here’s what the business and employment climate is like in West Des Moines.
HealthIn West Des Moines, Iowa
Access to quality hospitals, doctors and healthcare providers are just part of what make a healthy community. Here’s how to get and stay healthy in West Des Moines.