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.
Alternate Unofficial Names for West Des Moines: Valley Junction.
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.|
|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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|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%)|
|Median Household Income||$80,927|
|Average Household Income||$106,523|
|Per Capita Income||$45,127|
|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|
|Average Household Size||2.35|
|Average Family Size||3|
GROWTH RATE / YEAR
|Median Household Income||2.27%|
|Per Capita Income||2.22%|
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.
|Total Population||# 6||100th|
|Population Density||# 93||91st|
|Diversity Index||# 48||95th|
|Median Household Income||# 79||92nd|
|Per Capita Income||# 27||97th|
Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Iowa Census Data Comparison Tool.