Polk County

Health and Health Care in Des Moines, IA

Des Moines, IA, health care quality comes down to access, affordability and outcomes. Polk County ranks 48 for health outcomes 58 for health factors, and 74 for healthy behaviors in IA.

Health Overview

Healthy living goes beyond whether residents have access to affordable, quality doctors and hospitals. A city’s health takes into consideration the choices residents are making to lower their personal health risk. Here are figures that indicate how Des Moines, IA residents stack up against other areas in IA in terms of leading a healthy lifestyle.

Des Moines, IA Healthy Life Style



Percent of adults who do not smoke


Healthy Weight

Percent of adults who report a BMI < 30



Percent of adults with a health insurance

Active Lifestyles in Polk County, IA


Percent of adults who reports leisure time physical activity

Healthy Behaviors Rank
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Health Outcomes Rank
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Health Factors Rank
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Des Moines, IA Rankings