Des Moines, WA

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2019 Population
31,734
0.685% 1-year growth
US Senator
Patty Murray
Democratic Party
US Senator
Maria Cantwell
Democratic Party
2019 Median Age
40.5
2.02% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
9.75%
17% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$70,222
9.94% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$359,100
8.98% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
15,932
3.66% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Des Moines, WA had a population of 31.7k people with a median age of 40.5 and a median household income of $70,222. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Des Moines, WA grew from 31,518 to 31,734, a 0.685% increase and its median household income grew from $63,875 to $70,222, a 9.94% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Des Moines, WA are White (Non-Hispanic) (51.3%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (11.6%), Other (Hispanic) (11.2%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (7.41%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (6.22%). 0% of the households in Des Moines, WA speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.

86.4% of the residents in Des Moines, WA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Des Moines, WA are Highline College (1,622 degrees awarded in 2019).

In 2019, the median property value in Des Moines, WA was $359,100, and the homeownership rate was 61%. Most people in Des Moines, WA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 29.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Des Moines, WA was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Des Moines, WA is home to a population of 31.7k people, from which 86.4% are citizens. As of 2019, 21.1% of Des Moines, WA residents were born outside of the country (6.68k people).

In 2019, there were 4.41 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (16.3k people) in Des Moines, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.69k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 3.56k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Des Moines, WA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    16.3k ± 905
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    3.69k ± 689
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    3.56k ± 936
19.9%
Hispanic Population
6.31k people

In 2019, there were 4.41 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (16.3k people) in Des Moines, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.69k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 3.56k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

19.9% of the people in Des Moines, WA are hispanic (6.31k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Des Moines, WA as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

21.1%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
6.68k people
21.3%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
6.71k people

As of 2019, 21.1% of Des Moines, WA residents (6.68k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Des Moines, WA was 21.3%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

39
Median Native-Born Age
± 2.4
43
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 2.9

In 2019, the median age of all people in Des Moines, WA was 40.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 39, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Des Moines, WA are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all Des Moines, WA residents was 40.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    247,214 ± 12,002 people
  2. India
    80,685 ± 6,936 people
  3. China
    72,521 ± 6,579 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Washington was Mexico, the natal country of 247,214 Washington residents, followed by India with 80,685 and China with 72,521.

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Citizenship

86.4%
2019 Citizenship
86.5%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 86.4% of Des Moines, WA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Des Moines, WA was 86.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    719 ± 144
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    240 ± 104
  3. Korea
    209 ± 133

Des Moines, WA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Y-Axis

This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Washington, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Washington (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Washington. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Washington.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Washington across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Median household income in Des Moines, WA is $70,222. In 2019, the place with the highest median household income in Des Moines, WA was Census Tract 287 with a value of $98,301, followed by Census Tract 290.01 and Census Tract 288.01, with respective values of $76,930 and $66,822.

Males in Washington have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $58,599. The income inequality in Washington (measured using the Gini index) is 0.468, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Des Moines, WA employs 15.9k people. The largest industries in Des Moines, WA are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,791 people), Transportation & Warehousing (1,660 people), and Manufacturing (1,642 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($79,375), Utilities ($76,719), and Finance & Insurance ($70,595).

Wages

Median Household Income

$70,222
2019 value
± $6,888
9.94%
1 Year Growth
± 10.4%

Households in Des Moines, WA have a median annual income of $70,222, which is more than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $63,875 in 2018, which represents a 9.94% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$79,606
Average Male Salary in Washington
± $1,492
$58,599
Average Female Salary in Washington
± $1,218

In 2019, full-time male employees in Washington made 1.36 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Washington 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 in Washington
  1. Asian
    $74,594 ± $3,333
  2. White
    $62,706 ± $1,032
  3. Two or More Races
    $50,542 ± $3,350

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Washington workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.19 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Washington.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Des Moines, WA is from Washington.
0.468
2019 Wage GINI in Washington
0.469
2018 Wage GINI in Washington

In 2019, the income inequality in Washington was 0.468 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.222% decline from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Washington was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Washington in comparison to the national average.

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

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Income by Location

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Race/Ethnicity
Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 287
  2. Census Tract 290.01
  3. Census Tract 288.01

In 2019, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Des Moines, WA was Census Tract 287 with a value of $98,301, followed by Census Tract 290.01 and Census Tract 288.01, with respective values of $76,930 and $66,822.

The following map shows all of the places in Des Moines, WA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

9.75% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Des Moines, WA (3.05k out of 31.3k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Females 35 - 44.

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
    953 ± 227
  2. Hispanic
    715 ± 306
  3. Black
    644 ± 330

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

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

15.9k
2019 Value
± 921
3.66%
1 Year growth
± 8.13%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Des Moines, WA grew at a rate of 3.66%, from 15.4k employees to 15.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Des Moines, WA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,048 people), Management Occupations (1,680 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,326 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Des Moines, WA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Des Moines, WA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,048 people), Management Occupations (1,680 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,326 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Des Moines, WA has an unusually high number of residents working as Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (1.62 times higher than expected), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.45 times), and Personal Care & Service Occupations (1.42 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Des Moines, WA, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($99,957), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($96,786), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($88,839).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

15.9k
2019 Value
± 921
3.66%
1 Year growth
± 8.13%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Des Moines, WA grew at a rate of 3.66%, from 15.4k employees to 15.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Des Moines, WA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,791 people), Transportation & Warehousing (1,660 people), and Manufacturing (1,642 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Des Moines, WA, though some of these residents may live in Des Moines, WA 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, WA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,791 people), Transportation & Warehousing (1,660 people), and Manufacturing (1,642 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Des Moines, WA has an unusually high number of Transportation & Warehousing (2.29 times higher than expected), Wholesale Trade (1.68 times), and Construction (1.45 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Des Moines, WA, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($79,375), Utilities ($76,719), and Finance & Insurance ($70,595).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Washington to other states, or from other states to Washington.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $79.3B
  2. $39.1B
  3. $32.9B

In 2018, the top outbound Washington product (by dollars) was Transport equip. with $79.3B, followed by Mixed freight ($39.1B) and Electronics ($32.9B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

Showing data for Washington.
$443B
2018 Value in Washington
$972B
Projected 2045 Value in Washington
120% growth

In 2018, total outbound Washington trade was $443B. This is expected to increase 120% to $972B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Washington 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 Washington to other states, or from other states to Washington.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $31.9B
  2. $19.7B
  3. $10.9B

In 2018, the top outbound Washington domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Oregon with $31.9B, followed by California with $19.7B and Illinois and $10.9B.

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

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in King County, WA went to Hillary Rodham Clinton with 71.9% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (21.7%), followed by Other (6.39%). The most partisan county was King County, WA with 71.9% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell are the senators currently representing the state of Washington. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Washington is currently represented by 10 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Popular Vote for King County, WA
71.9% for the Democratic Party
Most Partisan Counties in Washington
  1. 71.9% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)
  2. 71.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 68.6% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Washington was King County, WA with 71.9% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

The following map shows the counties in Washington colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Washington

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Patty Murray
Senator from Washington3
Assumed office on January 3, 1993
Maria Cantwell
Senator from Washington1
Assumed office on January 3, 2001

Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell are the senators currently representing Washington.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Washington over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Washington

Washington is currently represented by 10 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Washington have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2019, universities in Des Moines, WA awarded 1,622 degrees. The student population of Des Moines, WA is skewed towards women, with 2,525 male students and 3,785 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Des Moines, WA are White (451 and 31.5%), followed by Asian (243 and 17%), Hispanic or Latino (200 and 14%), and Unknown (198 and 13.8%).

The largest universities in Des Moines, WA by number of degrees awarded are Highline College (1,622 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Des Moines, WA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (709 and 43.7%), Early Childhood Education & Teaching (132 and 8.14%), and General Business (98 and 6.04%).

The median tuition cost in Des Moines, WA for a public four year colleges is $3,269 for in-state students and $3,269 for out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 709 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 98 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 77 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Des Moines, WA was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 709 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
1,622 degrees awarded
$3,269
Median In-State Public

In 2019, the Des Moines, WA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Highline College with 1,622 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

555
Degrees Awarded to Men
1,067
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 555 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Des Moines, WA, which is 0.52 times less than the 1,067 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Des Moines, WA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    451 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    243 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    200 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Des Moines, WA was White students. These 451 degrees mean that there were 1.86 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 243 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Des Moines, WA was $359,100 in 2019, which is 1.49 times larger than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $329,500 to $359,100, a 8.98% increase. The homeownership rate in Des Moines, WA is 61%, which is lower than the national average of 64.1%. People in Des Moines, WA have an average commute time of 29.1 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Des Moines, WA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$359,100
2019 Median
± $9,673
$329,500
2018 Median
± $10,797

In 2019, the median property value in Des Moines, WA grew to to $359,100 from the previous year's value of $329,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Des Moines, WA 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, WA the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$70,222
Median Household Income
± $6,888
12.1k
Number of Households
± 794

In 2019, the median household income of the 12.1k households in Des Moines, WA grew to $70,222 from the previous year's value of $63,875.

The following chart displays the households in Des Moines, WA 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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Property Taxes

$3k+
Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

61%
2019 Homeownership
58%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 61% of the housing units in Des Moines, WA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 58%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Des Moines, WA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

29.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Des Moines, WA have a longer commute time (29.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 2.66% of the workforce in Des Moines, WA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (75.3%)
  2. Carpooled (10.9%)
  3. Public Transit (6.44%)

In 2019, 75.3% of workers in Des Moines, WA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.9%) and those who used public transit to get to work (6.44%).

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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

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Health

89.4% of the population of Des Moines, WA has health coverage, with 47% on employee plans, 18.5% on Medicaid, 12.2% on Medicare, 10.5% on non-group plans, and 1.16% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Washington was $7,913 in 2014. This is a 4% increase from the previous year ($7,609).

Primary care physicians in King County, WA see 830 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.121% increase from the previous year (829 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 912 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 216 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Wahkiakum County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14.8%). Additionally, Pend Oreille County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (41.6%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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830 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in King County, WA

Primary care physicians in King County, WA see an average of 830 patients per year. This represents a 0.121% increase from the previous year (829 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in King County, WA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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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%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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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%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,913
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Washington
$4,328
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$5,851
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$8,997
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Washington (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4%, from $7,609 to $7,913.

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

10.6%
Uninsured
47%
Employer Coverage
18.5%
Medicaid
12.2%
Medicare
10.5%
Non-Group
1.16%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Des Moines, WA grew by 9.63% from 9.71% to 10.6%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Des Moines, WA 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. 14.8% prevalence
  2. 14.2% prevalence
  3. 14% prevalence

Wahkiakum County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Washington, at 14.8%.

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

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