Statistic Des Moines Iowa National
Population 215,408 3,155,070 328,239,523
Population density (sq mi) 2,443 57 91
Median age 34.0 38.0 37.7
Male/Female ratio 1.0:1 1.0:1 1.0:1
Married (15yrs & older) 46% 60% 55%
Families w/ Kids under 18 49% 44% 43%
Speak English 81% 92% 79%
Speak Spanish 10% 4% 13%
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Demographics Quick Facts

  • The population density in Des Moines is 4186% higher than Iowa
  • The median age in Des Moines is 11% lower than Iowa
  • In Des Moines 73.32% of the population is White
  • In Des Moines 11.39% of the population is Black
  • In Des Moines 6.49% of the population is Asian

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      Des Moines population breakdown by race

      Race Des Moines Iowa National
      White 73.32% 90.90% 73.35%
      Black 11.39% 3.32% 12.63%
      Asian 6.49% 2.14% 5.22%
      American Indian 0.25% 0.32% 0.82%
      Native Hawaiian 0.07% 0.08% 0.18%
      Mixed race 5.25% 1.97% 3.06%
      Other race 3.21% 1.27% 4.75%
      In Des Moines, 14.0% 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 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).