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Income/capita 43%
Household income 28%
Unemployment 56%
IndexWest Des MoinesIowaNational
Income per capita$42,632$28,872$29,829
Median household income$70,906$54,570$55,322
Median income owner occupied$94,313$66,527$70,586
Median income renter occupied$49,223$30,828$35,192
Median earnings male$50,633$37,409$36,919
Median earnings female$36,790$25,115$26,250
Unemployment rate2.0%3.1%4.7%
Poverty level6.8%12.3%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in West Des Moines is 43% higher than the national average
  • The median household income in West Des Moines is 28% higher than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in West Des Moines is 56% lower than the national average
  • The poverty level in West Des Moines is 55% lower than the national average

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      am i middle class

      $Input your household income
      $47,265$70,906$141,812
      City
      $36,376$54,570$109,140
      State
      $36,877$55,322$110,644
      Nation
      According to the PEW research center, the middle class is defined as a range from two thirds (2/3) of the median household income to a multiple of two (2) times the median household income. Displayed above are the city, state and national median household income averages. Simply enter your median household income to determine if your income falls into the middle class or if your household income is considered upper or lower class.

      West Des Moines median earnings by income bracket

      West Des Moines employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry5.4%0.6%
      Manufacturing sector9.2%0.4%
      Financial & insurance services23.5%20.0%
      Wholesale & retail services12.4%11.8%
      Public administration3.2%2.8%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities4.7%2.1%
      Education, health & social services10.9%32.7%
      Other27.6%25.4%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Cumming, IA415$116,875111%
      Johnston, IA19,491$95,56573%
      Clive, IA17,022$90,50264%
      Polk City, IA4,115$90,21663%
      Grimes, IA10,422$83,12550%
      West Des Moines, IA61,624$70,90628%

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      La Habra, CA61,660$65,79919%
      Tulare, CA61,664$47,19615%
      Taylor, MI61,716$41,89724%
      Brentwood, NY61,438$69,45726%
      Wellington, FL61,371$83,27051%
      West Des Moines, IA61,624$70,90628%
      Source: The West Des Moines, IA employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).