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West Des Moines, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of West Des Moines is the 6th largest city in Iowa with a population of 70,780 as of July 1, 2019. 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 41.5772 and longitude -93.7113 in Polk County. The formal boundaries for the City of West Des Moines 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for West Des Moines: Valley Junction.

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West Des Moines, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

West Des Moines, IA Housing Affordability Index is 155
State of Iowa Housing Affordability Index is 164
The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.

WEALTH INDEX

West Des Moines, IA Wealth Index is 122
State of Iowa Wealth Index is 86
The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

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POPULATION

Total Population 70,780 (100%)
Population in Households 70,488 (99.6%)
Population in Families 52,222 (73.8%)
Population in Group Quarters1 292 ( 0.4%)
Population Density 1,503
Diversity Index2 38
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $80,927
Average Household Income $106,523
Per Capita Income $45,127
Wealth Index4 122

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 32,566 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 17,638 (54.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 12,408 (38.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,520 ( 7.7%)
Median Home Value $227,233
Housing Affordability Index3 155
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 30,046
Average Household Size 2.35
Family Households 17,274
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 2.38% 2.15%
Households 2.26% 2.08%
Families 2.06% 1.93%
Median Household Income   2.27%
Per Capita Income   2.22%

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

The table below compares West Des Moines to the other 1,008 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Iowa by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 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 # 6 100th
Population Density # 93 91st
Diversity Index # 48 95th
Median Household Income # 79 92nd
Per Capita Income # 27 97th

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