West Des Moines, IA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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West Des Moines, Iowa - Basic Facts

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The City of West Des Moines is the 7th largest city in Iowa with a population of 66,728 as of July 1, 2016. West Des Moines ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Iowa. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for West Des Moines is located at latitude 41.5499 and longitude -93.7813 in Polk County. The formal boundaries for the City of West Des Moines (see map below) encompass a land area of 46.28 sq. miles and a water area of 1.08 sq. miles. Polk County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 827 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of West Des Moines are located in Polk County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Dallas County.

The City of West Des Moines (GNIS ID: 2397266) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of West Des Moines is located within Township of Walnut, a minor civil division (MCD) of Polk County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with West Des Moines population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for West Des Moines: Valley Junction.

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West Des Moines, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 66,728
Population in Households 66,468
Population in Familes 49,564
Population in Group Qrtrs 260
Population Density1 1,442
Diversity Index2 35


Total Households 28,330
Average Household Size 2.35
Family Households 16,432
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 30,580 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 17,230 (56.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 11,099 (36.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,250 ( 7.4%)
Median Home Value $215,847
Average Home Value $254,744


Median Household Income $73,363
Average Household Income $96,216
Per Capita Income $40,859
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 2.57% 2.42%
Households 2.4% 2.33%
Families 2.25% 2.2%
Median Household Income   2.29%
Per Capita Income   1.63%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

West Des Moines, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares West Des Moines to the other 1,009 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Iowa by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 7 99th
Population Density1 # 113 89th
Diversity Index2 # 48 95th
Median Household Income # 66 94th
Per Capita Income # 24 98th

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