Des Moines, IA

215,328 Population
89 square miles 2,392.4 people per square mile

Census data: ACS 2016 5-year unless noted

 

 People

Percent of State Population
6.9%
was 6.7%
Ranked 1st Highest in IA
Population Density
2,392.4
US 88.8 people/sq mile
Dependency Ratio
45.7%
was 45.4%
US Population Dependency Ratio is 49.7
Percent Foreign Born
12.2%
was 11.3%
Ranked 3rd Highest in IA
Percent Under 18
24.0%
was 23.2%
Ranked 3rd Highest in IA
Percent 65 and Over
11.5%
was 11.9%
Ranked 5th Highest in IA

 Economics

Unemployment Rate
3.7
was 4.3
Ranked 13th Lowest in IA
Percent Living in Poverty
16.2%
was 16.6%
Ranked 3rd Lowest in IA
Median Household Income
$48,088
was $49,072
Ranked 3rd Highest in IA
Gini Income Distribution
 
44
46.9
US Gini Index is 42.0

 Safety

Homicides per 100,000
9
was 5.3
 
Violent Crimes per 100,000
713.9
was 494.7
 
Property Crimes per 100,000
4,011.3
was 4,829.0
 

 Housing

Total Housing Units
90,110
was 91,876
Ranked 1st Highest in IA
Median Rent
$797
was $781
Ranked 3rd Highest in IA
Total Building Permits
743
was 364
 
Occupied Housing Units
82,837
was 85,023
 
Homeownership Rate
58.8%
was 59.7%
Ranked 5th Highest in IA
Single Family Building Permits
184
was 128
 
Residential Units Per Sq Mile
1,013.3
was 1,033.1
Ranked 3rd Highest in IA
Rental Vacancy Rate
17.6%
was 16.7%
Ranked 5th Highest in IA
Multifamily Building Permits
559
was 236
 
Persons Per Dwelling Unit
2.5
was 2.4
Ranked 2nd Highest in IA
Building Permits per 1000 Housing Units
8.4
was 4.1
 
Building Permits per 1000 Residents
3.6
was 1.8
 

 Health

Percent with Insurance Under 18
95.9%
was 94.0%
Ranked 6th Highest in IA
Percent with Insurance 18 to 64
90.6%
Ranked 7th Highest in IA
Percent with Insurance Over 65
100%
was 99.7%
Ranked 1st Highest in IA

 Education

Percent with High School Diploma or Higher
84.8%
was 86.9%
Ranked 5th Highest in IA
Percent with Bachelors Degree or Higher
25.2%
was 26.1%
Ranked 3rd Highest in IA

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