West Des Moines, IA Profile: Facts & Data


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West Des Moines, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of West Des Moines is the 7th largest city in Iowa with a population of 69,299 as of July 1, 2018. 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 41.5499 and longitude -93.7813 in Polk County. The formal boundaries for the City of West Des Moines (see map below) 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.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with West Des Moines population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2018.

Alternate Unofficial Names for West Des Moines: Valley Junction.

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West Des Moines, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 69,299
Population in Households 69,008
Population in Familes 50,704
Population in Group Qrtrs 291
Population Density2 1,497
Diversity Index3 37


Median Household Income $78,584
Average Household Income $103,240
Per Capita Income $43,918


Total Housing Units 31,940 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 17,223 (53.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 12,268 (38.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,448 ( 7.7%)
Median Home Value $215,885
Average Home Value $256,570


Total Households 29,492
Average Household Size 2.34
Family Households 16,987
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 2.41% 2.24%
Households 2.31% 2.19%
Families 2.11% 2.05%
Median Household Income   1.15%
Per Capita Income   1.54%

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

The table below compares West Des Moines to the other 1,009 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Iowa by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 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 # 7 99th
Population Density # 99 90th
Diversity Index # 49 95th
Median Household Income # 68 93rd
Per Capita Income # 22 98th

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