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West Des Moines city, Iowa

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West Des Moines city, Iowa
Population estimates, July 1, 2018, (V2018) 66,641
Population estimates, July 1, 2018, (V2018) 66,641
Population estimates base, April 1, 2010, (V2018) 56,706
Population, percent change - April 1, 2010 (estimates base) to July 1, 2018, (V2018) 17.5%
Population, Census, April 1, 2010 56,609
Age and Sex
Persons under 5 years, percent
Persons under 18 years, percent
Persons 65 years and over, percent
Female persons, percent
Race and Hispanic Origin
White alone, percent
Black or African American alone, percent(a)
American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent(a)
Asian alone, percent(a)
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent(a)
Two or More Races, percent
Hispanic or Latino, percent(b)
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent
Population Characteristics
Veterans, 2013-2017 2,759
Foreign born persons, percent, 2013-2017 10.8%
Housing units, July 1, 2018, (V2018) X
Owner-occupied housing unit rate, 2013-2017 60.7%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2013-2017 $203,300
Median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage, 2013-2017 $1,485
Median selected monthly owner costs -without a mortgage, 2013-2017 $564
Median gross rent, 2013-2017 $964
Building permits, 2018 X
Families & Living Arrangements
Households, 2013-2017 27,314
Persons per household, 2013-2017 2.29
Living in same house 1 year ago, percent of persons age 1 year+, 2013-2017 79.7%
Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons age 5 years+, 2013-2017 13.5%
Computer and Internet Use
Households with a computer, percent, 2013-2017 95.1%
Households with a broadband Internet subscription, percent, 2013-2017 87.8%
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2013-2017 95.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2013-2017 55.2%
With a disability, under age 65 years, percent, 2013-2017 4.8%
Persons without health insurance, under age 65 years, percent
In civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16 years+, 2013-2017 74.7%
In civilian labor force, female, percent of population age 16 years+, 2013-2017 68.8%
Total accommodation and food services sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 244,869
Total health care and social assistance receipts/revenue, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 557,847
Total manufacturers shipments, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 238,735
Total merchant wholesaler sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 1,145,764
Total retail sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 1,620,264
Total retail sales per capita, 2012(c) $27,325
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+, 2013-2017 17.2
Income & Poverty
Median household income (in 2017 dollars), 2013-2017 $73,764
Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2017 dollars), 2013-2017 $44,408
Persons in poverty, percent
Total employer establishments, 2017 X
Total employment, 2017 X
Total annual payroll, 2017 ($1,000) X
Total employment, percent change, 2016-2017 X
Total nonemployer establishments, 2017 X
All firms, 2012 6,644
Men-owned firms, 2012 3,733
Women-owned firms, 2012 1,768
Minority-owned firms, 2012 461
Nonminority-owned firms, 2012 5,649
Veteran-owned firms, 2012 628
Nonveteran-owned firms, 2012 5,361
Population per square mile, 2010 1,467.0
Land area in square miles, 2010 38.59
FIPS Code 1983910
Value Notes

Estimates are not comparable to other geographic levels due to methodology differences that may exist between different data sources.

Some estimates presented here come from sample data, and thus have sampling errors that may render some apparent differences between geographies statistically indistinguishable. Click the Quick Info icon to the left of each row in TABLE view to learn about sampling error.

The vintage year (e.g., V2018) refers to the final year of the series (2010 thru 2018). Different vintage years of estimates are not comparable.

Fact Notes Value Flags

QuickFacts data are derived from: Population Estimates, American Community Survey, Census of Population and Housing, Current Population Survey, Small Area Health Insurance Estimates, Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates, State and County Housing Unit Estimates, County Business Patterns, Nonemployer Statistics, Economic Census, Survey of Business Owners, Building Permits.

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