Des Moines, WA

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Population

31,080

0.57% growth

Poverty Rate

12%


Median Age

40.5


Median Household Income

$60,814

1.44% growth

Number of Employees

15,732

1.62% growth

Median Property Value

$290,700

9.08% growth

About

In 2017, Des Moines, WA had a population of 31.1k people with a median age of 40.5 and a median household income of $60,814. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Des Moines, WA grew from 30,904 to 31,080, a 0.57% increase and its median household income grew from $59,948 to $60,814, a 1.44% increase.

The population of Des Moines, WA is 53.2% White Alone, 18.2% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.5% Asian Alone. N/A% of the people in Des Moines, WA speak a non-English language, and 87.2% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Des Moines, WA are Highline College (1,920 degrees awarded in 2017).

The median property value in Des Moines, WA is $290,700, and the homeownership rate is 57.9%. Most people in Des Moines, WA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 28.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Des Moines, WA is 2 cars per household.

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COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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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

The economy of Des Moines, WA employs 15.7k people. The largest industries in Des Moines, WA are Manufacturing (2,138 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,756 people), and Retail Trade (1,375 people), and the highest paying industries are Information ($71,875), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($69,286), and Utilities ($64,358).

Median household income in Des Moines, WA is $60,814. Males in Des Moines, WA have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $53,882. The income inequality in Des Moines, WA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.467, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$60,814

2017 value

± $3,223

1.44%

1 Year Growth

± 8.02%

Households in Des Moines, WA have a median annual income of $60,814, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $59,948 in 2016, which represents a 1.44% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$73,040

Average Male Salary

± $1,385

$53,882

Average Female Salary

± $1,130

In 2017, 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

  1. Asian

    $65,555 ± $3,156

  2. White

    $57,225 ± $943

  3. Two or More Races

    $46,049 ± $3,328

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Washington workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.15 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Washington by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Des Moines, WA is from Washington.

0.467

2017 Wage GINI

0.467

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Washington was 0.467 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.104% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Washington was lower than than the national average of 0.479. 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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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 287

  2. Census Tract 290.01

  3. Census Tract 288.01

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Des Moines, WA was Census Tract 287 with a value of $78,591, followed by Census Tract 290.01 and Census Tract 288.01, with respective values of $70,677 and $67,500.

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

Males 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

12% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Des Moines, WA (3.69k out of 30.6k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 25 - 34, followed by Females 25 - 34 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

    1,588 ± 330

  2. Asian

    982 ± 385

  3. Hispanic

    899 ± 316

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

15.7k

2017 Value

± 951

1.62%

1 Year growth

± 8.39%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Des Moines, WA grew at a rate of 1.62%, from 15.5k employees to 15.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Des Moines, WA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,253 people), Management Occupations (1,540 people), and Production Occupations (1,378 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 (2,253 people), Management Occupations (1,540 people), and Production Occupations (1,378 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 (2 times higher than expected), Material Moving Occupations (1.69 times), and Production Occupations (1.51 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Des Moines, WA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($91,042), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($83,698), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($83,036).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

15.7k

2017 Value

± 951

1.62%

1 Year growth

± 8.39%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Des Moines, WA grew at a rate of 1.62%, from 15.5k employees to 15.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Des Moines, WA, are Manufacturing (2,138 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,756 people), and Retail Trade (1,375 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 Manufacturing (2,138 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,756 people), and Retail Trade (1,375 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Des Moines, WA has an unusually high number of Transportation & Warehousing (1.96 times higher than expected), Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.67 times), and Wholesale Trade (1.58 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Des Moines, WA, by median earnings, are Information ($71,875), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($69,286), and Utilities ($64,358).

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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. $45.6B

  2. $39.9B

  3. $29B

In 2015, the top outbound Washington product (by dollars) was Transport equip. with $45.6B, followed by Mixed freight ($39.9B) and Misc. mfg. prods. ($29B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$323B

2020 Value

$444B

Projected 2045 Value

37.4% growth

In 2020, total outbound Washington trade was $323B. This is expected to increase 37.4% to $444B 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. $29.1B

  2. $15.8B

  3. $10.3B

In 2015, the top outbound Washington domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Oregon with $29.1B, followed by California with $15.8B and Tennessee and $10.3B.

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

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Health

87.4% of the population of Des Moines, WA has health coverage, with 44.2% on employee plans, 20% on Medicaid, 12.5% on Medicare, 9.74% on non-group plans, and 1.02% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Des Moines, WA see 843 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.597% increase from the previous year (838 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 947 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 291 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Garfield County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14%). Additionally, Adams County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (36.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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843 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in King County, WA see an average of 843 patients per year. This represents a 0.597% increase from the previous year (838 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 

$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

12.6%

Uninsured

44.2%

Employer Coverage

20%

Medicaid

12.5%

Medicare

9.74%

Non-Group

1.02%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Des Moines, WA declined by 6.62% from 13.5% to 12.6%.

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% prevalence

  2. 13.6% prevalence

  3. 13.4% prevalence

Garfield County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Washington, at 14%.

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

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Diversity

Des Moines, WA is home to a population of 31.1k people, from which 87.2% are citizens. As of 2017, 21.5% of Des Moines, WA residents were born outside of the country (6.69k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Des Moines, WA is composed of 16.5k White Alone residents (53.2%), 5.67k Hispanic or Latino residents (18.2%), 3.9k Asian Alone residents (12.5%), 2.07k Black or African American Alone residents (6.66%), 1.83k Two or More Races residents (5.87%), 922 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (2.97%), 123 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.396%), and 33 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.106%).

Age

Age by Nativity

40

Median Native-Born Age

± 3.3

41

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Des Moines, WA was 40.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 40, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Des Moines, WA are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Des Moines, WA residents was 41.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

21.5%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

6.69k people

22.3%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

6.9k people

As of 2017, 21.5% of Des Moines, WA residents (6.69k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Des Moines, WA was 22.3%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    237,445 ± 11,764 people

  2. Philippines

    67,799 ± 6,362 people

  3. India

    67,429 ± 6,345 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Washington was Mexico, the natal country of 237,445 Washington residents, followed by Philippines with 67,799 and India with 67,429.

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Citizenship

87.2%

2017 Citizenship

86.5%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 87.2% of Des Moines, WA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Des Moines, WA was 86.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    16.5k ± 866

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    5.67k ± 1.01k

  3. Asian Alone

    3.9k ± 835

In 2017, there were 2.92 times more White Alone residents (16.5k people) in Des Moines, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.67k Hispanic or Latino and 3.9k 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 Des Moines, WA as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    754 ± 156

  2. Korea

    233 ± 99

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    172 ± 98

Des Moines, WA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.24 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Des Moines, WA awarded 1,920 degrees. The student population of Des Moines, WA is skewed towards women, with 2,874 male students and 3,950 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Des Moines, WA are White (566 and 32.3%), followed by Unknown (289 and 16.5%), Asian (277 and 15.8%), and Black or African American (218 and 12.4%).

The largest universities in Des Moines, WA by number of degrees awarded are Highline College (1,920 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Des Moines, WA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (673 and 35.1%), Early Childhood Education & Teaching (161 and 8.39%), and Home Health Aide (130 and 6.77%).

The median tuition costs in Des Moines, WA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $3,123 and $3,123 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 673 degrees awarded

  2. 123 degrees awarded

  3. 80 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Des Moines, WA was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 673 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

1,920 degrees awarded

$3,123

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Des Moines, WA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Highline College with 1,920 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

604

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,316

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 604 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Des Moines, WA, which is 0.459 times less than the 1,316 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

    566 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    289 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    277 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Des Moines, WA were to White students. These 566 degrees mean that there were 1.96 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 289 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Des Moines, WA was $290,700 in 2017, which is 1.27 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $266,500 to $290,700, a 9.08% increase. The homeownership rate in Des Moines, WA is 57.9%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Des Moines, WA have an average commute time of 28.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. 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

$290,700

2017 Median

± $10,286

$266,500

2016 Median

± $9,088

In 2017, the median property value in Des Moines, WA grew to to $290,700 from the previous year's value of $266,500.

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.

$60,814

Median Household Income

± $3,223

11.7k

Number of Households

± 728

In 2017, the median household income of the 11.7k households in Des Moines, WA grew to $60,814 from the previous year's value of $59,948.

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

57.9%

2017 Homeownership

59.2%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 57.9% of the housing units in Des Moines, WA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 59.2%.

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

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Commute Time

28.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Des Moines, WA have a longer commute time (28.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 3.33% of the workforce in Des Moines, WA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    71.9%

  2. Carpooled

    11.9%

  3. Public Transit

    8.5%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Des Moines, WA was Drove Alone (71.9%), followed by those who Carpooled (11.9%) and those who Public Transit (8.5%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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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 3 cars.

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