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IndexDes MoinesIowaNational
Income per capita$29,064$28,872$29,829
Median household income$54,843$54,570$55,322
Median income owner occupied$71,556$66,527$70,586
Median income renter occupied$36,073$30,828$35,192
Median earnings male$38,326$37,409$36,919
Median earnings female$29,855$25,115$26,250
Unemployment rate4.2%3.1%4.7%
Poverty level16.0%12.3%15.1%
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Key findings

  • The income per capita in Des Moines is 3% lower than the national average
  • The median household income in Des Moines is 1% lower than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Des Moines is 10% lower than the national average
  • The poverty level in Des Moines is 6% higher than the national average

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      $36,558 $54,843 $109,686
      $36,376 $54,570 $109,140
      $36,877 $55,322 $110,644
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      Des Moines median earnings by income bracket

      Des Moines employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry12.1%12.1%
      Manufacturing sector14.0%14.0%
      Financial & insurance services9.4%9.4%
      Wholesale & retail services15.1%15.1%
      Public administration3.2%3.2%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities7.5%7.5%
      Education, health & social services9.5%9.5%

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      City Population Household Income National Avg.
      Polk City, IA4,797$127,226130.0%
      Bevington, IA27$123,750123.7%
      Clive, IA17,246$107,26893.9%
      Cumming, IA536$99,58380.0%
      Granger, IA1,890$96,02773.6%
      Des Moines, IA215,408$54,8430.9%

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      Des Moines, IA215,408$54,8430.9%
      Source: The Des Moines, IA employment data displayed above is derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).