StatisticDes MoinesIowaNational
Population density (sq mi)2,4075791
Median age33.738.037.7
Male/Female ratio1.0:11.0:11.0:1
Married (15yrs & older)49%60%55%
Families w/ Kids under 1851%44%43%
Speak English83%92%79%
Speak Spanish9%4%13%

Key findings

  • The population density in Des Moines is 4123% higher than Iowa
  • The median age in Des Moines is 11% lower than Iowa
  • In Des Moines 77.13% of the population is White
  • In Des Moines 11.03% of the population is Black
  • In Des Moines 5.51% of the population is Asian

Compare Des Moines, IA Demographics


      Des Moines population breakdown by race

      RaceDes MoinesIowaNational
      American Indian0.47%0.32%0.82%
      Native Hawaiian0.09%0.08%0.18%
      Mixed race3.38%1.97%3.06%
      Other race2.40%1.27%4.75%
      In Des Moines, 12.6% of people are of Hispanic or Latino origin.
      Please note: Hispanics may be of any race, so also are included in any/all of the applicable race categories above.

      Household income distribution

      Place of birth by citizenship

      Des Moines age breakdown

      Marital status

      Age of children in married couples

      Source: The Des Moines, IA demographics data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).