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Des Moines, IA: What you need to know

As the capital of Iowa and a major headquarters for insurance, finance and publishing, Des Moines ranks as one of the wealthiest cities in the United States. Considered a cultural center of the state, Des Moines hosts the first caucuses of the presidential primary cycle. Gracing the community are 76 parks, three golf courses and three family aquatic centers, and the health industry is well represented by four major hospitals and a cancer center.


Des Moines, IA City Profile

Quick Facts

Population 208,020
Median Age 33
Median Household Income $46,290
Median Home Price $117,800

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Des Moines, IA Demographics

Median Population in Des Moines, IA

Median Age 33.4%
Age 18 Over 74.8%
Age 21 Over 70.2%
Age 62 Over 13.9%
Age 65 Over 11.1%

Race in Des Moines, IA

  Ethnicity White 77.5%
  Ethnicity Black 11%
  Ethnicity Asian 5.3%
  Ethnicity Hawaiian 0.1%
  Ethnicity Hispanic 12.4%
  Ethnicity Indian 0.5%
  Ethnicity Other 2.4%

Population By Gender in Des Moines, IA

  Male 49%
  Female 51%

Language in Des Moines, IA

  English Only 82.7%
  English Other 17.3%

Economics in Des Moines, IA

  Median Household Income $46,290
  Median Home Price $117,800
  Homes Owned 39%
  Homes Rent 61%
  Median Property Rent $754

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Commute Types in Des Moines, IA

  Walked 2.6%
  Worked at Home 3%
  Public Transportation 2%
  Other Means 1.2%
  Drove Alone 80.3%
  Carpooled 11%

Total Employed Armed Forces: 99
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