Des Moines employment information

IndexDes MoinesIowaNational
Income per capita$23,989$27,621$28,555
Median household income$46,430$52,716$53,482
Median income owner occupied$59,673$64,199$68,142
Median income renter occupied$28,262$29,226$33,219
Median earnings male$31,370$36,237$36,116
Median earnings female$25,604$24,406$25,692
Unemployment rate5.9%3.7%5.8%
Poverty level19.9%12.6%15.6%

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  • The income per capita in Des Moines is 16% lower than the national average.
  • The median household income in Des Moines is 13% lower than the national average.
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings.
  • The unemployment rate in Des Moines is 2% higher than the national average.
  • The poverty level in Des Moines is 27% higher than the national average.

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Des Moines median earnings by income bracket

Des Moines employment by industry

Labour TypeMaleFemale
Construction industry12.5%0.9%
Manufacturing sector14.1%1.1%
Financial & insurance services8.7%16.0%
Wholesale & retail services15.8%12.4%
Public administration3.3%4.0%
Transportation, warehousing & utilities6.3%2.5%
Education, health & social services9.1%30.0%

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Polk City, IA3,770$90,25769%
Norwalk, IA9,444$80,40650%
Des Moines, IA206,702$46,43013%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
Modesto, CA205,984$47,60711%
Montgomery, AL204,095$43,53519%
Spokane, WA210,142$42,81420%
Rochester, NY210,461$30,78442%
Fayetteville, NC202,421$44,51417%
Des Moines, IA206,702$46,43013%
Source: The Des Moines, IA employment data displayed above is derived from the United States Census Bureau.