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Population in 2016: 215,328

Des Moines Zip Code Map Estimated median household income in 2016: $49,203 (it was $38,408 in 2000)

Estimated per capita income in 2016: $26,292 (it was $19,467 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $126,100 (it was $79,900 in 2000)

Median gross rent in 2016: $797.

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Des Moines, IA City Guides:

Ancestries: German (14.2%), American (7.2%), Irish (6.7%), Italian (3.8%), English (3.5%), European (2.4%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 10/18/1851

Elevation: 864 feet

Land area: 75.8 square miles.

Population density: 2,841 people per square mile (average).

For population 25 years and over in Des Moines:

  • High school or higher: 84.8%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 25.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 7.6%
  • Unemployed: 6.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 17.7 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Des Moines city:

  • Never married: 39.9%
  • Now married: 39.4%
  • Separated: 1.9%
  • Widowed: 5.0%
  • Divorced: 13.9%

26,742 residents are foreign born (4.9% Latin America, 2.4% Asia, 2.0% Africa).

According to our research of Iowa and other state lists there were 620 registered sex offenders living in Des Moines, Iowa as of April 12, 2019.
The ratio of number of residents in Des Moines to the number of sex offenders is 347 to 1.

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $2,739 (2.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $2,644 (2.3%)

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Omaha, NE (126.1 miles , pop. 390,007).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (307.2 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 172 buildings, average cost: $113,400
  • 1998: 271 buildings, average cost: $110,700
  • 1999: 345 buildings, average cost: $111,000
  • 2000: 312 buildings, average cost: $121,500
  • 2001: 283 buildings, average cost: $137,300
  • 2002: 342 buildings, average cost: $150,500
  • 2003: 411 buildings, average cost: $152,500
  • 2004: 447 buildings, average cost: $171,600
  • 2005: 453 buildings, average cost: $179,100
  • 2006: 287 buildings, average cost: $182,400
  • 2007: 309 buildings, average cost: $165,900
  • 2008: 165 buildings, average cost: $175,000
  • 2009: 134 buildings, average cost: $188,000
  • 2010: 143 buildings, average cost: $189,900
  • 2011: 115 buildings, average cost: $167,200
  • 2012: 128 buildings, average cost: $186,900
  • 2013: 184 buildings, average cost: $174,300
  • 2014: 116 buildings, average cost: $204,400

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Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 41.59 N, Longitude: 93.62 W

Nickname or alias (official or unofficial): Hartford of the West

Daytime population change due to commuting: +27,891 (+13.0%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 60,355 (56.1%)

Property values in Des Moines, IA

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City-data.com crime index counts serious crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

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Unemployment in September 2015:

Unemployment by year (%)

Historical housing units

  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Construction (11%)
  • Manufacturing (11%)
  • Finance and insurance (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (7%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (6%)
  • Health care and social assistance (24%)
  • Finance and insurance (14%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Educational services (8%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (10%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (10%)
  • Management occupations (10%)
  • Sales and related occupations (9%)
  • Production occupations (8%)
  • Transportation occupations (6%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (19%)
  • Sales and related occupations (11%)
  • Management occupations (9%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (8%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (7%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (6%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (5%)

Average climate in Des Moines, Iowa

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Tornado activity:

Des Moines-area historical tornado activity is near Iowa state average. It is 106% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/13/1976, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 26.7 miles away from the Des Moines city center injured 9 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 6/18/1974, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 6.8 miles away from the city center killed 2 people and injured 50 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Des Moines-area historical earthquake activity is near Iowa state average. It is 81% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI – VII) earthquake occurred 373.2 miles away from the city center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 358.4 miles away from Des Moines center
On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV – V) earthquake occurred 307.0 miles away from the city center
On 9/26/1990 at 13:18:51, a magnitude 5.0 (4.7 MB, 4.8 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 7.7 mi) earthquake occurred 375.9 miles away from the city center
On 6/28/2004 at 06:10:52, a magnitude 4.2 (4.0 MB, 4.2 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 244.6 miles away from Des Moines center
On 7/16/2004 at 12:17:30, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 MW, 3.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II – III) earthquake occurred 120.4 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Polk County (13) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 10, Storms: 7, Tornadoes: 4, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snow: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Birthplace of: Shawn Johnson Gymnast, Paul Coverdell Politician, Ronda Storms Florida State Senator, Jim Inhofe Politician, Cloris Leachman Actress, Herbert W. Armstrong Evangelist, Lolo Jones Sprint hurdles athlete, Joel Dickinson Record producer, Joey Jordison Musician, Jeremy Stephens Martial artist.

Main business address for: NATIONAL PROPERTIES CORP (OPERATORS OF NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS), PRINCIPAL FINANCIAL GROUP INC (ACCIDENT & HEALTH INSURANCE), MIDAMERICAN FUNDING LLC (ELECTRIC SERVICES), AMERUS GROUP CO/IA (LIFE INSURANCE), EMC INSURANCE GROUP INC (FIRE, MARINE & CASUALTY INSURANCE), MEREDITH CORP (PERIODICALS: PUBLISHING OR PUBLISHING AND PRINTING), MIDAMERICAN ENERGY HOLDINGS CO /NEW/ (ELECTRIC, GAS & SANITARY SERVICES).

Hospitals in Des Moines:

  • BEHAVIORAL TECHNOLOGIES-PORTER (2841 EAST PORTER STREET)
  • BROADLAWNS MEDICAL CENTER (Voluntary non-profit – Other, provides emergency services, 1801 HICKMAN ROAD)
  • CHARTER COMMUNITY HOSPITAL (provides emergency services, 1818 48TH STREET)
  • CHILDSERVE HOMES-BEAVERDALE HOUSE (3610 42ND STREET)
  • IOWA LUTHERAN HOSPITAL (Voluntary non-profit – Private, provides emergency services, 700 EAST UNIVERSITY AVENUE)
  • MERCY MEDICAL CENTER-DES MOINES (Voluntary non-profit – Private, 1111 6TH AVE)
  • MERCY TERRACE HILL SURGERY CENTER (320 GRAND AVENUE)
  • METROPOLITAN MEDICAL CENTER (603 EAST 12TH STREET)
  • MOSAIC-AYRES (THE HOMESTEAD BUILDING)
  • VA CENTRAL IOWA HEALTHCARE SYSTEM (Government Federal, 3600 30TH STREET)
  • WESLEY COMMUNITY HOSPICE (944 18TH STREET)

Airports and heliports located in Des Moines:

  • Des Moines International Airport (DSM) (Runways: 2, Commercial Ops: 23,353, Air Taxi Ops: 18,286, Itinerant Ops: 22,970, Local Ops: 4,197, Military Ops: 811)
  • Morningstar Field Airport (Y76) (Runways: 1, Itinerant Ops: 1,198, Local Ops: 18,402)
  • De Louis Field Airport (IA38) (Runways: 1)
  • Broadlawns Medical Center Heliport (6IA4)
  • Iowa Lutheran Hospital Life Flight Heliport (IA98)
  • Iowa Methodist Medical Center Heliport (IA64)
  • Mercy Hospital Medical Center Private Heliport (IA82)

See details about Airports and heliports located in Des Moines, IA

Colleges/Universities in Des Moines:

  • Drake University (Full-time enrollment: 3,768; Location: 2507 University Avenue; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.drake.edu; Offers Doctor’s degree)
  • Grand View University (FT enrollment: 1,960; Location: 1200 Grandview Ave; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.grandview.edu; Offers Master’s degree)
  • AIB College of Business (FT enrollment: 1,121; Location: 2500 Fleur Drive; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.aib.edu)
  • Mercy College of Health Sciences (FT enrollment: 804; Location: 928 Sixth Ave; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.mchs.edu)
  • Vatterott College-Des Moines (FT enrollment: 419; Location: 7000 Fleur Drive; Private, for-profit; Website: www.vatterott.edu)
  • Iowa School of Beauty-Des Moines (FT enrollment: 224; Location: 3305 70th St; Private, for-profit; Website: iowaschoolofbeauty.com)
  • Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center (FT enrollment: 188; Location: 3200 Grand Ave; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.dmu.edu; Offers Doctor’s degree)
  • University of Phoenix-Des Moines Campus (FT enrollment: 46; Location: 317 6th Ave; Private, for-profit; Website: www.phoenix.edu; Offers Master’s degree)
  • American College of Hairstyling-Des Moines (FT enrollment: 44; Location: 603 E Sixth St; Private, for-profit; Website: www.americancollegeofhair.com)
  • UnityPoint Health-Des Moines School of Radiologic Technology (FT enrollment: 20; Location: 1200 Pleasant St; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.iowahealth.org/radtech)

Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Des Moines:

  • Des Moines Area Community College (about 9 miles; Ankeny, IA; Full-time enrollment: 15,337)
  • Iowa State University (about 31 miles; Ames, IA; FT enrollment: 28,662)
  • Iowa Central Community College (about 69 miles; Fort Dodge, IA; FT enrollment: 4,682)
  • Indian Hills Community College (about 75 miles; Ottumwa, IA; FT enrollment: 4,034)
  • University of Northern Iowa (about 88 miles; Cedar Falls, IA; FT enrollment: 10,816)
  • Hawkeye Community College (about 89 miles; Waterloo, IA; FT enrollment: 7,160)
  • Kirkwood Community College (about 105 miles; Cedar Rapids, IA; FT enrollment: 11,503)

Biggest public high schools in Des Moines:

  • EAST HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 2,113, Location: 815 E 13TH ST, Grades: 9-12)
  • ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,587, Location: 4419 CENTER ST, Grades: 9-12)
  • HOOVER HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,210, Location: 4800 AURORA AVE, Grades: 9-12)
  • SAYDEL HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 493, Location: 5601 NE 7TH ST, Grades: 9-12)
  • RUBY VAN METER SCHOOL (Students: 217, Location: 710 28TH ST, Grades: 6-12)
  • ORCHARD PLACE SCHOOL (Students: 67, Location: 5412 SW 9TH STREET, Grades: KG-12)
  • SCAVO ALTERNATIVE HIGH SCHOOL (Location: 1800 GRAND AVE, Grades: 9-12)
  • LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL (Location: 2600 SW 9TH ST, Grades: 9-12)
  • NORTH HIGH SCHOOL (Location: 501 HOLCOMB AVE, Grades: 9-12)
  • DES MOINES CENTRAL CAMPUS HIGH SCHOOL (Location: 1800 GRAND AVE, Grades: 7-12)

Private high schools in Des Moines:

  • GRANDVIEW PARK BAPTIST SCHOOL (Students: 316, Location: 1701 E 33RD ST, Grades: PK-12)
  • FAIRMOUNT EDUCATION (Students: 39, Location: 3720 E 29TH ST, Grades: 3-12)
  • DES MOINES ADVENTIST SCHOOL (Students: 22, Location: 2317 WATROUS AVE, Grades: KG-9)

Biggest public elementary/middle schools in Des Moines:

  • WEEKS MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 788, Location: 901 EAST PARK AVENUE, Grades: 6-8)
  • MEREDITH MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 744, Location: 4827 MADISON AVE, Grades: 6-8)
  • CAPITOL VIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 671, Location: 320 E. 16TH, Grades: PK-5)
  • GOODRELL MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 671, Location: 3300 E. 29TH STREET, Grades: 6-8)
  • BRUBAKER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 655, Location: 2900 E 42ND STREET, Grades: PK-5)
  • BRODY MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 646, Location: 2501 PARK AVE, Grades: 6-8)
  • CALLANAN MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 644, Location: 3010 CENTER STREET, Grades: 6-8)
  • MCCOMBS MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 627, Location: 201 SW COUNTY LINE RD, Grades: 6-8)
  • HOYT MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 626, Location: 2700 E 42ND ST, Grades: 6-8)
  • MERRILL MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 619, Location: 5301 GRAND AVE, Grades: 6-8)

Biggest private elementary/middle schools in Des Moines:

  • ST ANTHONY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 317, Location: 16 COLUMBUS AVE, Grades: PK-8)
  • ST THERESA SCHOOL (Students: 305, Location: 5810 CARPENTER AVE, Grades: PK-8)
  • ST AUGUSTIN CATHOLIC SCHOOL (Students: 286, Location: 4320 GRAND AVE, Grades: PK-8)
  • ST JOSEPH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 271, Location: 2107 E 33RD ST, Grades: PK-8)
  • CHRIST THE KING SCHOOL (Students: 247, Location: 701 WALL AVE, Grades: PK-8)
  • HOLY FAMILY SCHOOL (Students: 241, Location: 1265 E 9TH ST, Grades: PK-8)
  • THE ACADEMY (Students: 164, Location: 100 45TH ST, Grades: PK-7)
  • MT OLIVE LUTHERAN SCHOOL (Students: 109, Location: 5625 FRANKLIN AVE, Grades: PK-7)
  • NEW HORIZON ACADEMY (Students: 47, Location: 6201 FRANKLIN AVE, Grades: PK-4)
  • GOSPEL ASSEMBLY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (Students: 12, Location: 4665 72ND ST, Grades: KG-8)

Library in Des Moines:

  • DES MOINES PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $7,637,281; Location: 1000 GRAND AVE; 474,908 books; 58,554 audio materials; 28,174 video materials; 19 local licensed databases; 25 state licensed databases; 1,068 print serial subscriptions)

User submitted facts and corrections:

  • Des Moines Christian School is located at 13007 Douglas Parkway in Urbandale, student enrollment K-12 is 630. Secondary enrollment 7-12 is 290 students.
  • Des Moines also has another hospital within it city limits. I refer to the Veterans Hospital as 3600 – 30th street, des moines, IA 50310 added by Charles

Notable locations in Des Moines: Ash Field (A) , Kaleidoscope at the Hub (B) , Grand View Golf Course (C) , Iowa State Fairgrounds (D) , Blank Park Zoo (E) , Blank Golf Course (F) , Waveland Golf Course (G) , Cary School (H) , Wakonda Country Club (I) , Iowa State Fair Campgrounds (J) , Des Moines Fire and Rescue Department Station 2 (K) , Des Moines Fire and Rescue Department Station 8 (L) , Des Moines Fire and Rescue Department Station 7 (M) , Des Moines Fire and Rescue Department Station 5 (N) , Des Moines Fire and Rescue Department Station 3 (O) , Iowa Air National Guard 132nd Fighter Wing Fire Department (P) , Des Moines Fire and Rescue Department Station 6 (Q) , Des Moines Fire and Rescue Department Station 9 (R) , Des Moines Fire and Rescue Department Station 4 (S) , Northern Warren Fire Department (T) . Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Centers: West Brooke Shopping Center (1) , Des Moines Park Fair Mall (2) , Southridge Mall (3) , Haymarket Spuare Shopping Center (4) , Merle Hay Mall (5) . Display/hide their locations on the map

Main business address in Des Moines include: PRINCIPAL FINANCIAL GROUP INC (A) , MIDAMERICAN FUNDING LLC (B) , AMERUS GROUP CO/IA (C) , EMC INSURANCE GROUP INC (D) , MEREDITH CORP (E) , MIDAMERICAN ENERGY HOLDINGS CO /NEW/ (F) . Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Des Moines include: Bloomfield Church (A) , First Pilgrim Church (B) , Community of Christ Church (C) , Westminister Presbyterian Church (D) , First Federated Church (E) , Mount Olive Lutheran Church (F) , Christ United Methodist Church (G) , Emmanuel Church of God in Christ (H) , True Bible Baptist Church (I) . Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Oak Grove Cemetery (1) , Saint Ambrose Cemetery (2) , Sims Cemetery (3) , Sunset Memorial Gardens (4) , Emmanuel Cemetery (5) , Glendale Cemetery (6) , Woodland Cemetery (7) . Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Grays Lake (A) , Dean Lake (B) , Case Lake (C) , Lake Easter (D) . Display/hide their locations on the map

Rivers and creeks: Raccoon River (A) , Walnut Creek (B) , Frink Creek (C) . Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Des Moines include: Ashby Park (1) , Ashworth Park (2) , Riverside Park (3) , Beaverdale Park (4) , Birdland Park (5) , Blank Park (6) , Sayers Park (7) , Burke Memorial Park (8) , Columbus Park (9) . Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attractions: Darshan Studios Comic Art Museum & Strytllng Thtre (3819 6th Avenue) (1) , Edmundson Art Foundation Inc (Museums; 4700 Grand Avenue) (2) , Fort Des Moines Memorial Park (Museums; 514 East Locust Street) (3) , Des Moines Art Center (Museums; 4700 Grand Avenue) (4) , Italian-American Cultural Center (Museums; 1961 Indianola Avenue) (5) , Salisbury House Foundation (Cultural Attractions- Events- & Facilities; 4025 Tonawanda Drive) (6) , Historical Outfitters (Historical Places & Services; 511 E 6th St Suite C) (7) , Hubbell Historical Center (Historical Places & Services; 507 Southwest 7th Street) (8) , Science Center of Iowa (Cultural Attractions- Events- & Facilities; 401 Mrtn Lthr Kng Jr # J) (9) . Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Hotels: Palace Inn (6215 Northeast 14th Street) (1) , Holiday Inn Express Des Moines (1140 24th Street) (2) , Casa Bella Motel (3132 Southeast 14th Street) (3) , Best Western (5020 NE 14th St) (4) , 14th Street Inn (4685 Northeast 14th Street) (5) , Microtel Inn & Suites (8711 Plum Drive) (6) , Rodeway Inn Des Moines (5626 Douglas Avenue) (7) , Park Place Apartments (615 Park Street) (8) , Baymont Des Moines-Airport (6221 Southwest Army Post Road) (9) . Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Courts: Iowa State – Judicial- Supreme Court (1111 East Court Avenue) (1) , Polk County – Offices Departments- Mediation Program District Court- Mediation Program Coordin (5th And Mullberry) (2) , Polk County – Offices- Court Administration Fifth Judicial District- Judges-District C (5th And Mullberry) (3) , Polk County – Juvenile Court Services- Services- Offices (120 2nd Avenue Floor 3) (4) , Iowa State – Judicial- Law Examiners Board (1111 East Court Avenue) (5) , Polk County – Offices- Clerk Of District Court Iowa-In And For Polk Co- Files Divi (600 Southwest 7th Street) (6) , United States Government – Courts- District Court- Judges Chambers-District Court- Probation Of (110 East Court Avenue Suite 300) (7) , Courts-Federal – Bankruptcy Court- Clerk’s Office (110 East Court Avenue Suite 300) (8) , Polk County – Offices- Correctional Services- Drug Court (910 Washington Avenue) (9) . Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Polk County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) – Highest Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
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Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 63.9. This is about average.


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