StatisticWest Des MoinesIowaNational
Population61,6243,155,070328,239,523
Population density (sq mi)1,3225791
Median age34.638.037.7
Male/Female ratio1.0:11.0:11.0:1
Married (15yrs & older)57%60%55%
Families w/ Kids under 1850%44%43%
Speak English87%92%79%
Speak Spanish4%4%13%

Key findings

  • The population density in West Des Moines is 2220% higher than Iowa
  • The median age in West Des Moines is 9% lower than Iowa
  • In West Des Moines 86.43% of the population is White
  • In West Des Moines 3.73% of the population is Black
  • In West Des Moines 6.59% of the population is Asian

Compare West Des Moines, IA Demographics

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      West Des Moines population breakdown by race

      RaceWest Des MoinesIowaNational
      White86.43%90.90%73.35%
      Black3.73%3.32%12.63%
      Asian6.59%2.14%5.22%
      American Indian0.12%0.32%0.82%
      Native Hawaiian0.08%0.08%0.18%
      Mixed race1.92%1.97%3.06%
      Other race1.12%1.27%4.75%
      In West Des Moines, 5.5% 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

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      West Des Moines age breakdown

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