Des Moines, WA

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2022 Population
32,667
0.11% 1-year growth
US Senator
Patty Murray
Democratic Party
US Senator
Maria Cantwell
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
38.2
1.04% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
11.8%
4.23% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$81,362
11.3% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$483,200
16% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
15,341
0.531% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Des Moines, WA had a population of 32.7k people with a median age of 38.2 and a median household income of $81,362. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Des Moines, WA grew from 32,631 to 32,667, a 0.11% increase and its median household income grew from $73,131 to $81,362, a 11.3% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Des Moines, WA are White (Non-Hispanic) (49.9%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (12.1%), Other (Hispanic) (11.7%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (9.57%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (7.58%).

None of the households in Des Moines, WA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

85.4% of the residents in Des Moines, WA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Des Moines, WA are Highline College (1,145 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Des Moines, WA was $483,200, and the homeownership rate was 59.4%.

Most people in Des Moines, WA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 30.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Des Moines, WA was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Des Moines, WA is home to a population of 32.7k people, from which 85.4% are citizens. As of 2022, 25.8% of Des Moines, WA residents were born outside of the country (8.44k people).

In 2022, there were 4.14 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (16.3k people) in Des Moines, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.94k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 3.81k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

85.4%
2022 Citizenship
86.1%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 85.4% of Des Moines, WA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Des Moines, WA was 86.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Des Moines, WA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    16.3k ± 1.08k
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    3.94k ± 912
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    3.81k ± 1.07k
18.2%
Hispanic Population
5.95k people

In 2022, there were 4.14 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (16.3k people) in Des Moines, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.94k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 3.81k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

18.2% of the people in Des Moines, WA are hispanic (5.95k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    244,390 ± 11,943 people
  2. India
    101,527 ± 7,771 people
  3. China
    86,360 ± 7,174 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Washington was Mexico, the natal country of 244,390 Washington residents, followed by India with 101,527 and China with 86,360.

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Foreign-Born Population

25.8%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
8.44k people
24.7%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
8.06k people

As of 2022, 25.8% of Des Moines, WA residents (8.44k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Des Moines, WA was 24.7%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    459 ± 119
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    422 ± 160
  3. Korea
    253 ± 145

Des Moines, WA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.09 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Des Moines, WA employs 15.3k people. The largest industries in Des Moines, WA are Transportation & Warehousing (1,852 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,760 people), and Retail Trade (1,571 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($114,250), Finance & Insurance ($103,618), and Public Administration ($95,278).

Males in Washington have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $73,054. The income inequality in Washington (measured using the Gini index) is 0.47, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

15.3k
2022 Value
± 1,119
0.531%
1 Year growth
± 10.2%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Des Moines, WA grew at a rate of 0.531%, from 15.3k employees to 15.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Des Moines, WA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,525 people), Management Occupations (1,386 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,046 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Des Moines, WA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

15.3k
2022 Value
± 1,119
0.531%
1 Year growth
± 10.2%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Des Moines, WA grew at a rate of 0.531%, from 15.3k employees to 15.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Des Moines, WA, are Transportation & Warehousing (1,852 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,760 people), and Retail Trade (1,571 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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Median Earnings by Industry

$59,747
Median earning men ± $7,753
$46,312
Median earning women ± $4,602

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($103,707), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($86,875), and Manufacturing ($86,875).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Manufacturing ($86,357), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($85,000), and Public Administration ($75,833).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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3.62%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 3.58M people employed in Washington. This represents a 3.62% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.3%.

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

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Washington went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 58% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (38.8%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.97%).

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.

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 2022, universities in Des Moines, WA awarded 1,145 degrees. The student population of Des Moines, WA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 1,720 male students and 2,964 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Des Moines, WA are White (337 and 31.1%), followed by Asian (226 and 20.8%), Black or African American (193 and 17.8%), and Hispanic or Latino (164 and 15.1%).

The largest universities in Des Moines, WA by number of degrees awarded are Highline College (1,145 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Des Moines, WA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (509 and 44.5%), Medical Assistant (94 and 8.21%), and Registered Nursing (78 and 6.81%).

The median tuition cost in Des Moines, WA for a public four year colleges is $3,527 for in-state students and $3,527 for out-of-state students.

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 4,684 students enrolled in Des Moines, WA, 36.7% men and 63.3% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 1,161 records, of which 65.1% were women and 34.9% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 509 degrees awarded
  2. 78 degrees awarded
  3. 56 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Des Moines, WA was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 509 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

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
1,145 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Highline College with 1,145 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 371 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Des Moines, WA, which is 0.479 times less than the 774 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 337 degrees mean that there were 1.49 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 226 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 4-year or above ($3,527) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($931) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($942) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.975% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.954% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.41M), Some college (1.4M), and Bachelors Degree (1.33M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Des Moines, WA was $483,200 in 2022, which is 1.71 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $416,500 to $483,200, a 16% increase. The homeownership rate in Des Moines, WA is 59.4%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Des Moines, WA have an average commute time of 30.2 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.

Median household income in Des Moines, WA is $81,362. In 2022, the place with the highest median household income in Des Moines, WA was Census Tract 287 with a value of $132,936, followed by Census Tract 290.01 and Census Tract 290.03, with respective values of $88,990 and $75,987.

Property

$483,200
Median Property Value 2022
±$10,408
$7,343
Median Property Taxes
±$596

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units 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.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Des Moines, WA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

59.4%
Homeownership
2022
62.9%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 59.4% of the housing units in Des Moines, WA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 58.9%.

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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 290.03

In 2022, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Des Moines, WA was Census Tract 287 with a value of $132,936, followed by Census Tract 290.01 and Census Tract 290.03, with respective values of $88,990 and $75,987.

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

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Household Income

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$81,362
Median Household Income
± $7,292
12.4k
Number of Households
± 938

In 2022, the median household income of the 12.4k households in Des Moines, WA grew to $81,362 from the previous year's value of $73,131.

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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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Des Moines, WA is from Washington.
0.47
2022 Wage GINI in Washington
0.468
2021 Wage GINI in Washington

In 2022, the income inequality in Washington was 0.47 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.285% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less 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.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (72.7%)
  2. Worked At Home (11.3%)
  3. Carpooled (9.24%)

In 2022, 72.7% of workers in Des Moines, WA drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (11.3%) and those who carpooled to work (9.24%).

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Commute Time

30.2 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Des Moines, WA have a longer commute time (30.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.43% of the workforce in Des Moines, WA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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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.

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Poverty & Diversity

11.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Des Moines, WA (3.79k out of 32.1k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 18 - 24.

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

90.5% of the population of Des Moines, WA has health coverage, with 42.9% on employee plans, 23.2% on Medicaid, 12.9% on Medicare, 10.3% on non-group plans, and 1.27% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in King County, WA see 828 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.241% decrease from the previous year (830 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 912 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 195 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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

Primary care physicians in King County, WA see an average of 828 patients per year. This represents a 0.241% decrease from the previous year (830 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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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 23.2% under 18 years, 21.4% between 18 and 34 years, 39% between 35 and 64 years, and 16.4% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 46.1% were men and 53.9% were women.

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Uninsured People

9.54%
Uninsured
42.9%
Employer Coverage
23.2%
Medicaid
12.9%
Medicare
10.3%
Non-Group
1.27%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Des Moines, WA declined by 3.52% from 9.89% to 9.54%.

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