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Des Moines, Iowa - Basic Facts

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The City of Des Moines is the largest city in Iowa with a population of 218,962 as of July 1, 2016. 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 Des Moines is located at latitude 41.5726 and longitude -93.6102 in Polk County. The formal boundaries for the City of Des Moines (see map below) encompass a land area of 88.97 sq. miles and a water area of 1.8 sq. miles. Polk County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 873 feet.

The City of Des Moines (GNIS ID: 2394522) 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 Des Moines is located within Township of Des Moines, a minor civil division (MCD) of Polk County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with 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.

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


Total Population 218,962
Population in Households 212,638
Population in Familes 157,458
Population in Group Qrtrs 6,324
Population Density1 2,461
Diversity Index2 56


Total Households 87,069
Average Household Size 2.44
Family Households 50,049
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 94,944 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 52,429 (55.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 34,641 (36.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 7,875 ( 8.3%)
Median Home Value $126,696
Average Home Value $150,339


Median Household Income $48,424
Average Household Income $62,525
Per Capita Income $25,221
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.08% 1.24%
Households 0.99% 1.2%
Families 0.72% 1.02%
Median Household Income   1.59%
Per Capita Income   1.64%
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.

Des Moines, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares 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 # 1 100th
Population Density1 # 10 99th
Diversity Index2 # 14 99th
Median Household Income # 664 34th
Per Capita Income # 655 35th

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