Des Moines, IA Population

By | June 14, 2019

Population: 198,682. Estimated population in July 2020: 194,163 (-2.3% change)
Males: 96,157 (48.4%), Females: 102,525 (51.6%)

The city of Des Moines is located in Polk County, Iowa. Check Countryaah.com for a full list of counties in Iowa.

Zip codes: 50309, 50310, 50311, 50312, 50313, 50314, 50315, 50316, 50317, 50320, 50321.

Median resident age: 33.8 years
Median household income: $38,408
Median house value: $81,100

Races in Des Moines:

  • White Non-Hispanic (79.6%)
  • Black (8.1%)
  • Hispanic (6.6%)
  • Other race (3.5%)
  • Two or more races (2.2%)
  • Other Asian (1.6%)
  • Vietnamese (1.1%)
  • American Indian (0.8%)

(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)

Ancestries: German (21.5%), Irish (12.7%), English (9.3%), United States (6.8%), Italian (3.9%), Norwegian (3.8%).

Elevation: 864 feet

Land area: 75.8 square miles

Map of Des Moines, IA

Population

For population 25 years and over in Des Moines

  • High school or higher: 83.0%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 21.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.5%
  • Unemployed: 6.7%
  • Mean travel time to work: 17.5 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Des Moines city

  • Never married: 28.2%
  • Now married: 50.9%
  • Separated: 1.7%
  • Widowed: 6.5%
  • Divorced: 12.7%

7.9% Foreign born (3.1% Latin America, 2.6% Asia, 1.6% Europe).

Population change in the 1990s: +4,623 (+2.4%).

Hospitals

Hospitals/medical centers in Des Moines:

  • BROADLAWNS MEDICAL CENTER (1801 HICKMAN ROAD)
  • IOWA LUTHERAN HOSPITAL (700 EAST UNIVERSITY AVENUE)
  • IOWA METHODIST MEDICAL CENTER (1200 PLEASANT STREET)
  • MERCY MEDICAL CENTER/MERCY CAPITOL (400 UNIVERSITY AVENUE)

Airports

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Des Moines:

  • DES MOINES INTL (about 5 miles; DES MOINES, IA; Abbreviation: DSM)
  • FORT DODGE REGIONAL (about 77 miles; FORT DODGE, IA; Abbreviation: FOD)
  • OTTUMWA INDUSTRIAL (about 89 miles; OTTUMWA, IA; Abbreviation: OTM)

Other public-use airports nearest to Des Moines:

  • MORNINGSTAR FIELD (about 5 miles; DES MOINES, IA; Abbreviation: Y76)
  • ANKENY REGIONAL (about 9 miles; ANKENY, IA; Abbreviation: IKV)
  • AMES MUNI (about 27 miles; AMES, IA; Abbreviation: AMW)

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/Universities in Des Moines:

  • DRAKE UNIVERSITY (Full-time enrollment: 4,227; Location: 2507 UNIVERSITY AVE; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.drake.edu; Offers Doctor’s degree)
  • GRAND VIEW COLLEGE (Full-time enrollment: 1,105; Location: 1200 GRANDVIEW AVE; Private, not-for-profit; Website: WWW.GVC.EDU)
  • DES MOINES UNIVERSITY-OSTEOPATHIC MEDICAL CENTER (Full-time enrollment: 1,076; Location: 3200 GRAND AVE; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.dmu.edu; Offers Master’s degree)
  • AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF BUSINESS (Full-time enrollment: 719; Location: 2500 FLEUR DR; Private, not-for-profit)
  • MERCY COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES (Full-time enrollment: 314; Location: 928 SIXTH AVE; Private, not-for-profit)
  • VATTEROTT COLLEGE (Full-time enrollment: 281; Location: 2300 EUCLID AVE STE 6; Private, for-profit; Website: www.vatterott-college.com)
  • MERCY COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES-SCH OF CYTOTECH (Full-time enrollment: 238; Location: 928 SIXTH AVE; Private, not-for-profit)
  • LA JAMES COLLEGE OF HAIRSTYLING (Full-time enrollment: 98; Location: 6336 HICKMAN RD; Private, for-profit; Website: lajames.net)
  • IOWA SCHOOL OF BEAUTY (Full-time enrollment: 84; Location: 3305 70TH ST; Private, for-profit; Website: [email protected])
  • IOWA METHODIST MEDICAL CENTER-SCHOOL OF RAD TECHN (Full-time enrollment: 17; Location: 1200 PLEASANT ST; Private, not-for-profit)
  • AMERICAN COLLEGE OF HAIRSTYLING-DES MOINES (Full-time enrollment: 11; Location: 603 E SIXTH ST; Private, for-profit; Website: www.americancollegeofhair.com)
  • LARRY SLAUGHTERS UNIVERSITY AUTOMOTIVE TECH (Location: 6370 E UNIVERSITY AVE; Private, for-profit)
  • THE TRAVEL ACADEMY (Location: 5875 FLEUR DR; Private, for-profit)

Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Des Moines:

  • DES MOINES COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 10 miles; ANKENY, IA; Full-time enrollment: 6,959)
  • IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY (about 33 miles; AMES, IA; Full-time enrollment: 24,473)
  • GRACELAND UNIVERSITY-LAMONI (about 70 miles; LAMONI, IA; Full-time enrollment: 2,026)
  • IOWA CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 74 miles; FT DODGE, IA; Full-time enrollment: 2,807)
  • INDIAN HILLS COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 92 miles; OTTUMWA, IA; Full-time enrollment: 2,744)
  • HAWKEYE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 106 miles; WATERLOO, IA; Full-time enrollment: 3,292)
  • UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA (about 109 miles; CEDAR FALLS, IA; Full-time enrollment: 12,524)

Schools

Public high schools in Des Moines:

  • LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 2,179; Location: 2600 SW 9TH ST; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • EAST HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,970; Location: 815 E 13TH ST; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,583; Location: 4419 CENTER ST; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • NORTH HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,198; Location: 501 HOLCOMB AVE; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • HOOVER HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,197; Location: 4800 AURORA AVE; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • SAYDEL HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 470; Location: 5601 NE 7TH ST; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • SCAVO HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 237; Location: 1800 GRAND AVENUE; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • DES MOINES CENTRAL CAMPUS (Location: 1800 GRAND AVE; Grades: 07 – 12)

Private high schools in Des Moines:

  • DES MOINES CHRISTIAN HIGH SCH (Students: 582; Location: 4801 FRANKLIN AVE; Grades: PK – 12)
  • GRANDVIEW PARK BAPTIST SCHOOL (Students: 430; Location: 1701 E 33RD STREET; Grades: PK – 12)

Biggest public primary/middle schools in Des Moines:

  • MEREDITH MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 828; Location: 4827 MADISON AVE; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • WEEKS MIDDLE SCHOOL AT KURTZ (Students: 822; Location: 1000 SW PORTER STREET; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • HARDING MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 759; Location: 203 E EUCLID AVE; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • BRODY MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 740; Location: 2501 PARK AVE; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • HOYT MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 680; Location: 2700 E 42ND ST; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • MCCOMBS MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 673; Location: 201 SE COUNTY LINE RD; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • CAPITOL VIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 666; Location: 320 E. 16TH; Grades: PK – 05)
  • MERRILL MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 660; Location: 5301 GRAND AVE; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • BRUBAKER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 633; Location: 2900 E 42ND STREET; Grades: PK – 05)
  • CALLANAN MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 619; Location: 3010 CENTER STREET; Grades: 06 – 08)

Biggest private primary/middle schools in Des Moines:

  • HOLY TRINITY (Students: 562; Location: 2922 BEAVER AVE; Grades: PK – 8)
  • ST THERESA SCHOOL (Students: 420; Location: 5810 CARPENTER AVE; Grades: PK – 8)
  • ST ANTHONY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 395; Location: 16 COLUMBUS; Grades: PK – 8)
  • ST AUGUSTIN SCHOOL (Students: 291; Location: 4320 GRAND AVENUE; Grades: PK – 8)
  • HOLY FAMILY SCHOOL (Students: 225; Location: 1111 GARFIELD AVENUE; Grades: PK – 8)
  • ST JOSEPH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 220; Location: 2107 EAST 33RD STREET; Grades: PK – 8)
  • CHRIST THE KING SCHOOL (Students: 195; Location: 701 WALL AVE; Grades: KG – 8)
  • MOUNT OLIVE LUTHERAN SCHOOL (Students: 146; Location: 5625 FRANKLIN AVENUE; Grades: KG – 8)
  • DES MOINES JEWISH ACADEMY (Students: 59; Location: 924 POLK BLVD; Grades: KG – 7)
  • DES MOINES ADVENTIST SCHOOL (Students: 44; Location: 2317 WATROUS; Grades: PK – 8)

Libraries

Library in Des Moines:

  • PUBLIC LIBRARY OF DES MOINES (Operating income: $5,297,321; Location: 100 LOCUST ST; 431,474 books; 33,326 audio materials; 15,512 video materials; 2,229 serial subscriptions)