Dallas County, IA

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Population

80,864

3.57% growth

Median Age

35.1


Median Household Income

$82,719

4.82% growth

Poverty Rate

5.41%


Number of Employees

44,329

4.25% growth

Median Property Value

$218,000

6.5% growth

About

In 2017, Dallas County, IA had a population of 80.9k people with a median age of 35.1 and a median household income of $82,719. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Dallas County, IA grew from 78,074 to 80,864, a 3.57% increase and its median household income grew from $78,918 to $82,719, a 4.82% increase.

The population of Dallas County, IA is 86.2% White Alone, 6.11% Hispanic or Latino, and 4.21% Asian Alone. 9.47% of the people in Dallas County, IA speak a non-English language, and 95.2% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Dallas County, IA are Aveda Institute-Des Moines (124 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Dallas County, IA is $218,000, and the homeownership rate is 75.1%. Most people in Dallas County, IA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20 minutes. The average car ownership in Dallas County, IA is 2 cars per household.

About the photo: Des Moines skyline shot from East Fort Des Moines

Economy

The economy of Dallas County, IA employs 44.3k people. The largest industries in Dallas County, IA are Finance & Insurance (8,676 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (5,930 people), and Retail Trade (4,314 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($126,000), Finance & Insurance ($73,807), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($72,025).

Median household income in Dallas County, IA is $82,719. Males in Dallas 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 Dallas County, IA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.443, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$82,719

2017 value

± $3,270

4.82%

1 Year Growth

± 4.66%

Households in Dallas County, IA have a median annual income of $82,719, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $78,918 in 2016, which represents a 4.82% 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 Dallas County, IA made 1.34 times more than female 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 Dallas 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 Dallas 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 508.05

  2. Census Tract 508.03

  3. Census Tract 508.12

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Dallas County, IA was Census Tract 508.05 with a value of $136,500, followed by Census Tract 508.03 and Census Tract 508.12, with respective values of $123,208 and $84,917.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Dallas County, IA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

5.41% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Dallas County, IA (4.35k out of 80.3k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 18 - 24.

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

    3,969 ± 469

  2. Hispanic

    673 ± 204

  3. Asian

    135 ± 118

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

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

44.3k

2017 Value

± 1,432

4.25%

1 Year growth

± 4.45%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Dallas County, IA grew at a rate of 4.25%, from 42.5k employees to 44.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Dallas County, IA, are Management Occupations (6,699 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,850 people), and Business & Financial Operations Occupations (4,490 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Dallas County, IA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Dallas County, IA, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (6,699 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,850 people), and Business & Financial Operations Occupations (4,490 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Dallas County, IA has an unusually high number of residents working as Computer & Mathematical Occupations (2.19 times higher than expected), Business & Financial Operations Occupations (2.06 times), and Management Occupations (1.48 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Dallas County, IA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($95,250), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($85,897), and Management Occupations ($79,927).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

44.3k

2017 Value

± 1,432

4.25%

1 Year growth

± 4.45%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Dallas County, IA grew at a rate of 4.25%, from 42.5k employees to 44.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Dallas County, IA, are Finance & Insurance (8,676 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (5,930 people), and Retail Trade (4,314 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Dallas County, IA, though some of these residents may live in Dallas 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 Dallas County, IA, by number of employees, are Finance & Insurance (8,676 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (5,930 people), and Retail Trade (4,314 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Dallas County, IA has an unusually high number of Finance & Insurance (4.18 times higher than expected), Management of Companies & Enterprises (2.88 times), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.56 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Dallas County, IA, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($126,000), Finance & Insurance ($73,807), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($72,025).

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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

96.6% of the population of Dallas County, IA has health coverage, with 67.1% on employee plans, 7.46% on Medicaid, 8.37% on Medicare, 12.2% on non-group plans, and 1.52% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Dallas County, IA see 1669 patients per year on average, which represents a 7.28% decrease from the previous year (1800 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3675 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 3018 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

1669 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Dallas County, IA see an average of 1669 patients per year. This represents a 7.28% decrease from the previous year (1800 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Dallas 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

Data only available at state level.

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

3.42%

Uninsured

67.1%

Employer Coverage

7.46%

Medicaid

8.37%

Medicare

12.2%

Non-Group

1.52%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Dallas County, IA declined by 18.4% from 4.18% to 3.42%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Dallas 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

Dallas County, IA is home to a population of 80.9k people, from which 95.2% are citizens. As of 2017, 7.64% of Dallas County, IA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Dallas County, IA is composed of 69.7k White Alone residents (86.2%), 4.94k Hispanic or Latino residents (6.11%), 3.41k Asian Alone residents (4.21%), 1.54k Two or More Races residents (1.9%), 1.08k Black or African American Alone residents (1.33%), 94 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.116%), 51 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0631%), and 47 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0581%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Dallas County, IA are Spanish or Spanish Creole (3,414 speakers), Vietnamese (518 speakers), and Other Asian Languages (470 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

37

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Dallas County, IA was 35.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 37. But people in Dallas County, IA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Dallas County, IA residents was 35.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

7.64%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

7.5%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 7.64% of Dallas 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 Dallas County, IA was 7.5%, 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 Dallas County, IA was Mexico, the natal country of 41,844 Dallas County, IA residents, followed by China with 10,526 and India with 10,455.

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Citizenship

95.2%

2017 Citizenship

95.4%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 95.2% of Dallas County, IA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Dallas County, IA was 95.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    69.7k ± 91

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    4.94k ± 471

  3. Asian Alone

    3.41k ± 182

In 2017, there were 14.1 times more White Alone residents (69.7k people) in Dallas County, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.94k Hispanic or Latino and 3.41k Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    3,414 speakers (4.97%)

  2. Vietnamese

    518 speakers (0.754%)

  3. Other Asian Languages

    470 speakers (0.684%)

9.47% of Dallas 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 Dallas County, IA was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 4.97% of the overall population of Dallas County, IA are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.754% speak Vietnamese and 0.684% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,121 ± 163

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    794 ± 210

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    545 ± 155

Dallas County, IA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.41 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Dallas County, IA awarded 124 degrees. The student population of Dallas County, IA is skewed towards women, with 3 male students and 150 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Dallas County, IA are White (108 and 87.1%), followed by Unknown (6 and 4.84%), Hispanic or Latino (4 and 3.23%), and Asian (3 and 2.42%).

The largest universities in Dallas County, IA by number of degrees awarded are Aveda Institute-Des Moines (124 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Dallas County, IA are General Cosmetology (79 and 63.7%), Aesthetician & Skin Care Specialist (27 and 21.8%), and Massage Therapy (18 and 14.5%).

The median tuition costs in Dallas 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. 79 degrees awarded

  2. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

  3. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for 2 to 4 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Dallas County, IA was General Cosmetology with 79 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a 2 to 4 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Dallas County, IA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

124 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Dallas County, IA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Aveda Institute-Des Moines with 124 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

4

Degrees Awarded to Men

120

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 4 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Dallas County, IA, which is 0.0333 times less than the 120 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

    108 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    6 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    4 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Dallas County, IA were to White students. These 108 degrees mean that there were 18 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 6 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Dallas County, IA was $218,000 in 2017, which is 1 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $204,700 to $218,000, a 6.5% increase. The homeownership rate in Dallas County, IA is 75.1%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Dallas County, IA have an average commute time of 20 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Dallas 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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$82,719

Median Household Income

± $3,270

31.4k

Number of Households

± 1,207

In 2017, the median household income of the 31.4k households in Dallas County, IA grew to $82,719 from the previous year's value of $78,918.

The following chart displays the households in Dallas 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

$218,000

2017 Median

± $5,156

$204,700

2016 Median

± $4,745

In 2017, the median property value in Dallas County, IA grew to to $218,000 from the previous year's value of $204,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Dallas 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 Dallas County, IA the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Dallas County, IA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Dallas County, IA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

75.1%

2017 Homeownership

74.2%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 75.1% of the housing units in Dallas County, IA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 74.2%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Dallas 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 Dallas County, IA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Dallas County, IA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

20 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Dallas County, IA have a shorter commute time (20 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.63% of the workforce in Dallas County, IA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    85.8%

  2. Carpooled

    7.14%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.02%

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

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