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The City of Des Moines is the largest city in Iowa with a population of 218,517 as of July 1, 2023. 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 41.6005 and longitude -93.6091 in Polk County. The formal boundaries for the City of Des Moines 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 City of 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.
|Total Population||218,517 (100%)|
|Population in Households||213,354 (97.6%)|
|Population in Families||153,436 (70.2%)|
|Population in Group Quarters1||5,163 ( 2.4%)|
|Median Household Income||$58,566|
|Average Household Income||$81,280|
|% of Income for Mortgage4||19%|
|Per Capita Income||$33,788|
|Socioeconomic Status Index6||Moderate (45.1)|
|Total HU (Housing Units)||98,240 (100%)|
|Owner Occupied HU||54,613 (55.6%)|
|Renter Occupied HU||35,824 (36.5%)|
|Vacant Housing Units||7,803 ( 7.9%)|
|Median Home Value||$183,324|
|Average Home Value||$224,551|
|Housing Affordability Index3||112|
|Average Household Size||2.36|
|Average Family Size||3.00|
GROWTH RATE / YEAR
|Median Household Income||2.05%|
|Per Capita Income||2.57%|
|Owner Occupied HU||0.94%|
The table below compares Des Moines to the other 1,027 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Iowa by rank and percentile using July 1, 2023 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||# 1||100th|
|Population Density||# 8||99th|
|Median Household Income||# 743||28th|
|Housing Affordability Index||# 320||31st|
|Per Capita Income||# 747||27th|
|Diversity Index||# 14||99th|
Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Iowa Census Data Comparison Tool.