Des Moines County, IA

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Population

39,876

0.593% decline

Median Age

42.5


Median Household Income

$47,524

6.76% growth

Poverty Rate

15.3%


Number of Employees

19,302

0.773% growth

Median Property Value

$101,400

3.47% growth

About

In 2017, Des Moines County, IA had a population of 39.9k people with a median age of 42.5 and a median household income of $47,524. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Des Moines County, IA declined from 40,114 to 39,876, a -0.593% decrease and its median household income grew from $44,516 to $47,524, a 6.76% increase.

The population of Des Moines County, IA is 88% White Alone, 6% Black or African American Alone, and 2.93% Hispanic or Latino. 2.51% of the people in Des Moines County, IA speak a non-English language, and 99% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Des Moines County, IA are Southeastern Community College (599 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Des Moines County, IA is $101,400, and the homeownership rate is 72.1%. Most people in Des Moines County, IA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 15.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Des Moines County, IA is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Des Moines County, IA employs 19.3k people. The largest industries in Des Moines County, IA are Manufacturing (3,929 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,655 people), and Retail Trade (2,331 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($60,833), Public Administration ($52,013), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($47,750).

Median household income in Des Moines County, IA is $47,524. Males in Des Moines County, IA have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,006. The income inequality in Des Moines County, IA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.443, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$47,524

2017 value

± $1,795

6.76%

1 Year Growth

± 5.6%

Households in Des Moines County, IA have a median annual income of $47,524, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $44,516 in 2016, which represents a 6.76% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$58,922

Average Male Salary

± $1,635

$44,006

Average Female Salary

± $1,197

In 2017, full-time male employees in Des Moines County, IA made 1.34 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Des Moines County, IA by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $50,374 ± $7,648

  2. White

    $44,731 ± $967

  3. Black

    $32,234 ± $4,518

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Des Moines County, IA workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.13 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Des Moines County, IA is from Iowa.

0.443

2017 Wage GINI

0.445

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Iowa was 0.443 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.563% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Iowa was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Iowa in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Iowa across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 7

  2. Census Tract 11

  3. Census Tract 9

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Des Moines County, IA was Census Tract 7 with a value of $62,938, followed by Census Tract 11 and Census Tract 9, with respective values of $62,007 and $60,295.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

15.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Des Moines County, IA (5.99k out of 39.1k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 6 - 11.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    4,384 ± 439

  2. Black

    1,233 ± 250

  3. Hispanic

    390 ± 146

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Des Moines County, IA is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

19.3k

2017 Value

± 825

0.773%

1 Year growth

± 5.98%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Des Moines County, IA grew at a rate of 0.773%, from 19.2k employees to 19.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Des Moines County, IA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,832 people), Production Occupations (2,304 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,699 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Des Moines County, IA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Des Moines County, IA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,832 people), Production Occupations (2,304 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,699 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Des Moines County, IA has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (2.06 times higher than expected), Material Moving Occupations (1.9 times), and Health Technologists & Technicians (1.27 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Des Moines County, IA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($125,163), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($68,750), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($63,182).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

19.3k

2017 Value

± 825

0.773%

1 Year growth

± 5.98%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Des Moines County, IA grew at a rate of 0.773%, from 19.2k employees to 19.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Des Moines County, IA, are Manufacturing (3,929 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,655 people), and Retail Trade (2,331 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Des Moines County, IA, though some of these residents may live in Des Moines County, IA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Des Moines County, IA, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (3,929 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,655 people), and Retail Trade (2,331 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Des Moines County, IA has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (2.01 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.6 times), and Utilities (1.24 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Des Moines County, IA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($60,833), Public Administration ($52,013), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($47,750).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Iowa to other states, or from other states to Iowa.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $24.8B

  2. $18.8B

  3. $18.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Iowa product (by dollars) was Cereal grains with $24.8B, followed by Machinery with $18.8B and Other ag prods. and $18.2B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Iowa products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$245B

2015 Value

$363B

Projected 2045 Value

47.9% growth

In 2015, total outbound Iowa trade was $245B. This is expected to increase 47.9% to $363B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Iowa trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Iowa to other states, or from other states to Iowa.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $26.2B

  2. $16.1B

  3. $11.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Iowa domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $26.2B, followed by Minnesota with $16.1B and Nebraska and $11.4B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Iowa shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

93.1% of the population of Des Moines County, IA has health coverage, with 46% on employee plans, 18% on Medicaid, 14.2% on Medicare, 13.2% on non-group plans, and 1.52% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Des Moines County, IA was $8,200 in 2014. This is a 5.05% increase from the previous year ($7,806).

Primary care physicians in Des Moines County, IA see 1335 patients per year on average, which represents a 6.12% increase from the previous year (1258 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1419 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 544 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Appanoose County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (13.3%). Additionally, Union County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,335 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Des Moines County, IA see an average of 1,335 patients per year. This represents a 6.12% increase from the previous year (1,258 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Des Moines County, IA in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

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Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,200

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,076

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,702

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,317

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Iowa (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.05%, from $7,806 to $8,200.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

6.94%

Uninsured

46%

Employer Coverage

18%

Medicaid

14.2%

Medicare

13.2%

Non-Group

1.52%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Des Moines County, IA grew by 1.84% from 6.81% to 6.94%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Des Moines County, IA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 13.3% prevalence

  2. 12.6% prevalence

  3. 12.1% prevalence

Appanoose County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Iowa, at 13.3%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Iowa by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Des Moines County, IA is home to a population of 39.9k people, from which 99% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.69% of Des Moines County, IA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Des Moines County, IA is composed of 35.1k White Alone residents (88%), 2.39k Black or African American Alone residents (6%), 1.17k Hispanic or Latino residents (2.93%), 897 Two or More Races residents (2.25%), 252 Asian Alone residents (0.632%), 65 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.163%), 2 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.00502%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Des Moines County, IA are Spanish or Spanish Creole (400 speakers), German (147 speakers), and Arabic (55 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

43

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

43

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 7

In 2017, the median age of all people in Des Moines County, IA was 42.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 43, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Des Moines County, IA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Des Moines County, IA residents was 42.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.69%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.57%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 1.69% of Des Moines County, IA residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Des Moines County, IA was 1.57%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    41,844 ± 4,988 people

  2. China

    10,526 ± 2,515 people

  3. India

    10,455 ± 2,506 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Des Moines County, IA was Mexico, the natal country of 41,844 Des Moines County, IA residents, followed by China with 10,526 and India with 10,455.

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Citizenship

99%

2017 Citizenship

99.1%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99% of Des Moines County, IA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Des Moines County, IA was 99.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    35.1k ± 3

  2. Black or African American Alone

    2.39k ± 219

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1.17k ± 131

In 2017, there were 14.7 times more White Alone residents (35.1k people) in Des Moines County, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.39k Black or African American Alone and 1.17k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Des Moines County, IA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    400 speakers (1.06%)

  2. German

    147 speakers (0.39%)

  3. Arabic

    55 speakers (0.146%)

2.51% of Des Moines County, IA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Des Moines County, IA was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 1.06% of the overall population of Des Moines County, IA are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.39% speak German and 0.146% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,191 ± 171

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    436 ± 154

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    370 ± 125

Des Moines County, IA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.73 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Des Moines County, IA awarded 599 degrees. The student population of Des Moines County, IA is skewed towards women, with 1,226 male students and 1,618 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Des Moines County, IA are White (515 and 86%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (30 and 5.01%), Black or African American (20 and 3.34%), and Unknown (17 and 2.84%).

The largest universities in Des Moines County, IA by number of degrees awarded are Southeastern Community College (599 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Des Moines County, IA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (265 and 44.2%), Registered Nursing (67 and 11.2%), and Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (52 and 8.68%).

The median tuition costs in Des Moines County, IA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 265 degrees awarded

  2. 67 degrees awarded

  3. 18 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Des Moines County, IA was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 265 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Des Moines County, IA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

599 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Des Moines County, IA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Southeastern Community College with 599 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

231

Degrees Awarded to Men

368

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 231 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Des Moines County, IA, which is 0.628 times less than the 368 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    515 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    30 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    20 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Des Moines County, IA were to White students. These 515 degrees mean that there were 17.2 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 30 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Des Moines County, IA was $101,400 in 2017, which is 0.466 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $98,000 to $101,400, a 3.47% increase. The homeownership rate in Des Moines County, IA is 72.1%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Des Moines County, IA have an average commute time of 15.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Des Moines County, IA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$47,524

Median Household Income

± $1,795

16.8k

Number of Households

± 742

In 2017, the median household income of the 16.8k households in Des Moines County, IA grew to $47,524 from the previous year's value of $44,516.

The following chart displays the households in Des Moines County, IA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$101,400

2017 Median

± $4,466

$98,000

2016 Median

± $2,235

In 2017, the median property value in Des Moines County, IA grew to to $101,400 from the previous year's value of $98,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Des Moines County, IA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Des Moines County, IA the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Des Moines County, IA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Des Moines County, IA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

72.1%

2017 Homeownership

73.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 72.1% of the housing units in Des Moines County, IA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 73.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Des Moines County, IA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Des Moines County, IA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Des Moines County, IA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

15.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Des Moines County, IA have a shorter commute time (15.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.965% of the workforce in Des Moines County, IA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82.8%

  2. Carpooled

    7.29%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.17%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Des Moines County, IA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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