Des Moines demographics profile

StatisticDes MoinesIowaNational
Population212,8593,106,589318,558,162
Population density (sq mi)2,4075591
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%
Des Moines, IA has a population of 212,859 and is the 103rd largest city in the United States. The population density is 2,407 per sq mi which is 4306% higher than the Iowa average and 2557% higher than the national average. The median age in Des Moines is 34 which is approximately 11% lower than the Iowa average of 38. In Des Moines, 49% of the population over 15 years of age are married, 83% speak English and 9% speak Spanish. 66% of Des Moines residents were born in Iowa, 21% were born out of state, 1% were born outside of the United States and 12% were foreign born.
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  • The population density in Des Moines is 4306% 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 or African American.
  • In Des Moines 5.51% of the population is Asian.

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Des Moines population breakdown by race

RaceDes MoinesIowaNational
White77.13%90.90%73.35%
Black or African American11.03%3.32%12.63%
Asian5.51%2.14%5.22%
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.

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