The City of West Des Moines is the 6th largest city in Iowa with a population of 69,519 as of July 1, 2021. 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 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.
Alternate Unofficial Names for West Des Moines: Valley Junction.
|Total Population||69,519 (100%)|
|Population in Households||69,232 (99.6%)|
|Population in Families||51,030 (73.4%)|
|Population in Group Quarters1||287 ( 0.4%)|
|Median Household Income||$77,746|
|Average Household Income||$103,935|
|% of Income for Mortgage4||14%|
|Per Capita Income||$44,645|
|Total HU (Housing Units)||32,811 (100%)|
|Owner Occupied HU||17,107 (52.1%)|
|Renter Occupied HU||12,824 (39.1%)|
|Vacant Housing Units||2,880 ( 8.8%)|
|Median Home Value||$261,106|
|Average Home Value||$315,179|
|Housing Affordability Index3||143|
|Average Household Size||2.31|
|Average Family Size||3|
GROWTH RATE / YEAR
|Median Household Income||1.07%|
|Per Capita Income||1.49%|
|Owner Occupied HU||1.82%|
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, 2021 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.
|Total Population||# 6||100th|
|Population Density||# 93||91st|
|Median Household Income||# 137||87th|
|Housing Affordability Index||# 229||23rd|
|Per Capita Income||# 43||96th|
|Diversity Index||# 50||95th|
Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Iowa Census Data Comparison Tool.