West Des Moines, IA

61,624 Population
46.3 square miles 1,331.5 people per square mile

Census data: ACS 2016 5-year unless noted

 

 People

Percent of State Population
2.0%
was 2.0%
 
Population Density
1,331.5
US 88.8 people/sq mile
Dependency Ratio
43.7%
was 44.0%
US Population Dependency Ratio is 49.7
Percent Foreign Born
10.7%
was 11.2%
 
Percent Under 18
22.3%
was 23.1%
 
Percent 65 and Over
11.9%
was 11.2%
 

 Economics

Unemployment Rate
2.1
was 2.5
Ranked 3rd Lowest in IA
Percent Living in Poverty
6.8%
was 8.0%
 
Median Household Income
$70,906
was $71,200
 
Gini Income Distribution
 
44.8
45.1
US Gini Index is 42.0

 Safety

Homicides per 100,000
0
was 1.7
 
Violent Crimes per 100,000
198.4
was 149.8
 
Property Crimes per 100,000
2,181.3
was 2,760.2
 

 Housing

Total Housing Units
28,298
was 27,445
 
Median Rent
$934
was $897
 
Total Building Permits
1,035
was 798
 
Occupied Housing Units
26,790
was 25,884
 
Homeownership Rate
59.5%
was 60.3%
 
Single Family Building Permits
495
was 298
 
Residential Units Per Sq Mile
607.4
was 591.8
 
Rental Vacancy Rate
12.2%
was 13.2%
 
Multifamily Building Permits
540
was 500
 
Persons Per Dwelling Unit
2.3
was 2.4
 
Building Permits per 1000 Housing Units
39.0
was 30.7
 
Building Permits per 1000 Residents
17.4
was 13.7
 

 Health

Percent with Insurance Under 18
99.6%
was 98.3%
 
Percent with Insurance 18 to 64
95.3%
 
Percent with Insurance Over 65
99.6%
was 99.6%
 

 Education

Percent with High School Diploma or Higher
96.2%
was 96.0%
 
Percent with Bachelors Degree or Higher
54.9%
was 53.2%
 

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