Des Moines, Iowa

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Population in 2013: 207,510 (100% urban, 0% rural). Population change since 2000: +4.4%
 
Males: 101,179  (48.8%)
Females: 106,331  (51.2%)
Median resident age:  33.6 years
Iowa median age:  38.0 years

Zip codes: 50309, 50310, 50311, 50312, 50314, 50315, 50316, 50319, 50320, 50321.

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Estimated median household income in 2012: $45,001 (it was $38,408 in 2000)
Des Moines:

$45,001
IA:

$50,957
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $23,045 (it was $19,467 in 2000)

Des Moines city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $118,000 (it was $79,900 in 2000)
Des Moines:

$118,000
IA:

$126,300
Mean prices in 2012: All housing units: $133,080; Detached houses: $134,902; Townhouses or other attached units: $148,807; In 2-unit structures: $134,015; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $114,652; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $148,502; Mobile homes: $47,807

Median gross rent in 2012: $725.

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  • White alone - 142,119 (68.8%)
  • Hispanic - 26,591 (12.9%)
  • Black alone - 21,180 (10.3%)
  • Asian alone - 10,811 (5.2%)
  • Two or more races - 5,039 (2.4%)
  • American Indian alone - 609 (0.3%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone - 139 (0.07%)
  • Other race alone - 80 (0.04%)

Races in Des Moines detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Des Moines: 91.6 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (20.9%), Irish (12.2%), English (7.7%), United States (4.1%), Dutch (3.5%), Italian (3.4%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 10/18/1851

Elevation: 864 feet

Land area: 75.8 square miles.

Population density: 2,738 people per square mile   (average).

Des Moines,IA real estate house value index trend

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For population 25 years and over in Des Moines:

  • High school or higher: 88.3%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 26.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 7.1%
  • Unemployed: 6.3%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 18.0 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Des Moines city:

  • Never married: 31.7%
  • Now married: 45.7%
  • Separated: 2.6%
  • Widowed: 6.4%
  • Divorced: 13.5%

21,603 residents are foreign born (2.5% Asia, 1.1% Europe).

This city:  10.5%
Iowa:  4.3%



According to our research of Iowa and other state lists there were 590 registered sex offenders living in Des Moines, Iowa as of May 28, 2015.
The ratio of number of residents in Des Moines to the number of sex offenders is 350 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $2,411 (2.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $2,220 (2.1%)

Des Moines satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Omaha, NE (126.1 miles , pop. 390,007).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (307.2 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Windsor Heights, IA (2.2 miles ), Pleasant Hill, IA (2.4 miles ), Urbandale, IA (2.6 miles ), West Des Moines, IA (2.6 miles ), Saylorville, IA (2.6 miles ), Johnston, IA (2.7 miles ), Norwalk, IA (2.8 miles ), Clive, IA (2.9 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 172 buildings, average cost: $113,400
  • 1998: 271 buildings, average cost: $110,700
  • 1999: 345 buildings, average cost: $111,000
  • 2000: 312 buildings, average cost: $121,500
  • 2001: 283 buildings, average cost: $137,300
  • 2002: 342 buildings, average cost: $150,500
  • 2003: 411 buildings, average cost: $152,500
  • 2004: 447 buildings, average cost: $171,600
  • 2005: 453 buildings, average cost: $179,100
  • 2006: 287 buildings, average cost: $182,400
  • 2007: 309 buildings, average cost: $165,900
  • 2008: 165 buildings, average cost: $175,000
  • 2009: 134 buildings, average cost: $188,000
  • 2010: 143 buildings, average cost: $189,900
  • 2011: 115 buildings, average cost: $167,200
  • 2012: 128 buildings, average cost: $186,900

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 41.59 N, Longitude: 93.62 W

Nickname or alias (official or unofficial): Hartford of the West

Daytime population change due to commuting: +34,470 (+16.7%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 58,251 (58.1%)

Area code: 515

Des Moines household income distribution Des Moines home values distribution

Property values in Des Moines, IA


Crime rates in Des Moines by Year
Type 2000 2001 2002 2003 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Murders 141198564126687
per 100,000 7.25.54.54.02.63.12.16.13.03.03.93.4
Rapes 98891139211062185171153105103100
per 100,000 50.344.856.746.356.431.895.986.977.751.850.448.2
Robberies 291298290284294374387319244224216250
per 100,000 149.4150.2145.4143.0150.7191.6200.6162.2124.0110.6105.6120.5
Assaults 312352364315819864938828664737742737
per 100,000 160.2177.4182.6158.6419.8442.6486.1421.0337.4363.8362.8355.4
Burglaries 1,7291,3011,6761,5272,6302,1892,0951,9991,8302,2482,4932,514
per 100,000 887.8655.5840.6769.01348.11121.41085.81016.4929.91109.81219.11212.2
Thefts 10,2509,54910,3139,69210,04510,3318,6317,2536,1466,8087,4006,914
per 100,000 5263.34811.45172.34880.95148.85292.74473.23687.73123.13360.93618.63333.7
Auto thefts 9581,0101,0118961,1249851,068764712739834782
per 100,000 491.9508.9507.0451.2576.1504.6553.5388.4361.8364.8407.8377.0
Arson 736672785262904355434451
per 100,000 37.533.336.139.326.731.846.621.927.921.221.524.6
City-data.com crime rate (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 300.0) 443.3406.3440.5404.7525.5507.8537.1464.0391.7394.4414.8400.7

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City-data.com crime rate counts serious crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

Crime rate in Des Moines detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2011, including police officers: 465 (360 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.76
Iowa average:

1.70

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Des Moines tourist attractions:

Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

4.9%
Iowa:

4.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

Historical population

Historical housing units


Population change in the 1990s: +4,623 (+2.4%).
Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (12%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (5%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Health care (4%)
  • Finance and insurance (16%)
  • Health care (14%)
  • Educational services (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Social assistance (5%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
Most common occupations in 2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (6%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers (5%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (4%)
  • Other production occupations (4%)
  • First-line supervisors of retail sales workers (3%)
  • Other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including electrical and electronic equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (3%)
  • Building cleaning and pest control workers (3%)
  • Building cleaning and pest control workers (4%)
  • Child care workers (4%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (3%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (3%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers (3%)
  • Other business operations specialists (3%)
  • Registered nurses (3%)

Work and jobs in Des Moines: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Des Moines, Iowa

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Des Moines-area historical tornado activity is near Iowa state average. It is 106% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/13/1976, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 26.7 miles away from the Des Moines city center injured 9 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 6/18/1974, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 6.8 miles away from the city center killed 2 people and injured 50 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Des Moines-area historical earthquake activity is near Iowa state average. It is 81% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 373.2 miles away from the city center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 358.4 miles away from Des Moines center
On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 307.0 miles away from the city center
On 9/26/1990 at 13:18:51, a magnitude 5.0 (4.7 MB, 4.8 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 7.7 mi) earthquake occurred 375.9 miles away from the city center
On 6/28/2004 at 06:10:52, a magnitude 4.2 (4.0 MB, 4.2 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 244.6 miles away from Des Moines center
On 7/16/2004 at 12:17:30, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 MW, 3.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 120.4 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Polk County (13) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 10, Storms: 7, Tornadoes: 4, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snow: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Des Moines topographic map

Birthplace of: Shawn Johnson - Gymnast, Paul Coverdell - Politician, Ronda Storms - Florida State Senator, Jim Inhofe - Politician, Cloris Leachman - Actress, Herbert W. Armstrong - Evangelist, Lolo Jones - Sprint hurdles athlete, Joel Dickinson - Record producer, Joey Jordison - Musician, Jeremy Stephens - Martial artist.

Main business address for: NATIONAL PROPERTIES CORP (OPERATORS OF NONRESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS), PRINCIPAL FINANCIAL GROUP INC (ACCIDENT & HEALTH INSURANCE), MIDAMERICAN FUNDING LLC (ELECTRIC SERVICES), AMERUS GROUP CO/IA (LIFE INSURANCE), EMC INSURANCE GROUP INC (FIRE, MARINE & CASUALTY INSURANCE), MEREDITH CORP (PERIODICALS: PUBLISHING OR PUBLISHING AND PRINTING), MIDAMERICAN ENERGY HOLDINGS CO /NEW/ (ELECTRIC, GAS & SANITARY SERVICES).

Hospitals in Des Moines:

  • BEHAVIORAL TECHNOLOGIES-PORTER (2841 EAST PORTER STREET)
  • BROADLAWNS MEDICAL CENTER (Voluntary non-profit - Other, provides emergency services, 1801 HICKMAN ROAD)
  • CHARTER COMMUNITY HOSPITAL (provides emergency services, 1818 48TH STREET)
  • CHILDSERVE HOMES-BEAVERDALE HOUSE (3610 42ND STREET)
  • IOWA LUTHERAN HOSPITAL (Voluntary non-profit - Private, provides emergency services, 700 EAST UNIVERSITY AVENUE)
  • MERCY MEDICAL CENTER-DES MOINES (Voluntary non-profit - Private, 1111 6TH AVE)
  • MERCY TERRACE HILL SURGERY CENTER (320 GRAND AVENUE)
  • METROPOLITAN MEDICAL CENTER (603 EAST 12TH STREET)
  • MOSAIC-AYRES (THE HOMESTEAD BUILDING)
  • VA CENTRAL IOWA HEALTHCARE SYSTEM (Government Federal, 3600 30TH STREET)
  • WESLEY COMMUNITY HOSPICE (944 18TH STREET)

Airports and heliports located in Des Moines:

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Colleges/Universities in Des Moines:

  • Drake University (Full-time enrollment: 3,768; Location: 2507 University Avenue; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.drake.edu; Offers Doctor's degree)
  • Grand View University (FT enrollment: 1,960; Location: 1200 Grandview Ave; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.grandview.edu; Offers Master's degree)
  • AIB College of Business (FT enrollment: 1,121; Location: 2500 Fleur Drive; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.aib.edu)
  • Mercy College of Health Sciences (FT enrollment: 804; Location: 928 Sixth Ave; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.mchs.edu)
  • Vatterott College-Des Moines (FT enrollment: 419; Location: 7000 Fleur Drive; Private, for-profit; Website: www.vatterott.edu)
  • Iowa School of Beauty-Des Moines (FT enrollment: 224; Location: 3305 70th St; Private, for-profit; Website: iowaschoolofbeauty.com)
  • Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center (FT enrollment: 188; Location: 3200 Grand Ave; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.dmu.edu; Offers Doctor's degree)
  • University of Phoenix-Des Moines Campus (FT enrollment: 46; Location: 317 6th Ave; Private, for-profit; Website: www.phoenix.edu; Offers Master's degree)
  • American College of Hairstyling-Des Moines (FT enrollment: 44; Location: 603 E Sixth St; Private, for-profit; Website: www.americancollegeofhair.com)
  • UnityPoint Health-Des Moines School of Radiologic Technology (FT enrollment: 20; Location: 1200 Pleasant St; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.iowahealth.org/radtech)

Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Des Moines:

  • Des Moines Area Community College (about 9 miles; Ankeny, IA; Full-time enrollment: 15,337)
  • Iowa State University (about 31 miles; Ames, IA; FT enrollment: 28,662)
  • Iowa Central Community College (about 69 miles; Fort Dodge, IA; FT enrollment: 4,682)
  • Indian Hills Community College (about 75 miles; Ottumwa, IA; FT enrollment: 4,034)
  • University of Northern Iowa (about 88 miles; Cedar Falls, IA; FT enrollment: 10,816)
  • Hawkeye Community College (about 89 miles; Waterloo, IA; FT enrollment: 7,160)
  • Kirkwood Community College (about 105 miles; Cedar Rapids, IA; FT enrollment: 11,503)

Biggest public high schools in Des Moines:

Private high schools in Des Moines:

  • GRANDVIEW PARK BAPTIST SCHOOL (Students: 371; Location: 1701 E 33RD ST; Grades: PK - 12)
  • GOSPEL ASSEMBLY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (Students: 17; Location: 4665 72ND ST; Grades: KG - 12)

Biggest public elementary/middle schools in Des Moines:

Private elementary/middle schools in Des Moines:

  • HOLY TRINITY (Students: 437; Location: 2922 BEAVER AVE; Grades: PK - 8)
  • ST ANTHONY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 399; Location: 16 COLUMBUS AVE; Grades: PK - 8)
  • ST THERESA SCHOOL (Students: 341; Location: 5810 CARPENTER AVE; Grades: PK - 8)
  • ST AUGUSTIN CATHOLIC SCHOOL (Students: 298; Location: 4320 GRAND AVE; Grades: PK - 8)
  • ST JOSEPH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 272; Location: 2107 E 33RD ST; Grades: PK - 8)
  • HOLY FAMILY SCHOOL (Students: 229; Location: 1265 E 9TH ST; Grades: PK - 8)
  • CHRIST THE KING SCHOOL (Students: 222; Location: 701 WALL AVE; Grades: PK - 8)
  • MT OLIVE LUTHERAN SCHOOL (Students: 79; Location: 5625 FRANKLIN AVE; Grades: KG - 8)
  • DES MOINES ADVENTIST SCHOOL (Students: 28; Location: 2317 WATROUS AVE; Grades: KG - 8)
See full list of schools located in Des Moines, map of school districts: SAYDEL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT, DES MOINES INDEPENDENT COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Library in Des Moines:

  • DES MOINES PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $7,637,281; Location: 1000 GRAND AVE; 474,908 books; 58,554 audio materials; 28,174 video materials; 19 local licensed databases; 25 state licensed databases; 1,068 print serial subscriptions)

User submitted facts and corrections:

  • Des Moines Christian School is located at 13007 Douglas Parkway in Urbandale, student enrollment K-12 is 630. Secondary enrollment 7-12 is 290 students.
  • Des Moines also has another hospital within it city limits. I refer to the Veterans Hospital as 3600 - 30th street, des moines, IA 50310 added by Charles

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Notable locations in Des Moines: Ash Field (A), Kaleidoscope at the Hub (B), Grand View Golf Course (C), Iowa State Fairgrounds (D), Blank Park Zoo (E), Blank Golf Course (F), Waveland Golf Course (G), Cary School (H), Wakonda Country Club (I), Iowa State Fair Campgrounds (J), Des Moines Fire and Rescue Department Station 2 (K), Des Moines Fire and Rescue Department Station 8 (L), Des Moines Fire and Rescue Department Station 7 (M), Des Moines Fire and Rescue Department Station 5 (N), Des Moines Fire and Rescue Department Station 3 (O), Iowa Air National Guard 132nd Fighter Wing Fire Department (P), Des Moines Fire and Rescue Department Station 6 (Q), Des Moines Fire and Rescue Department Station 9 (R), Des Moines Fire and Rescue Department Station 4 (S), Northern Warren Fire Department (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Centers: West Brooke Shopping Center (1), Des Moines Park Fair Mall (2), Southridge Mall (3), Haymarket Spuare Shopping Center (4), Merle Hay Mall (5). Display/hide their locations on the map

Main business address in Des Moines include: PRINCIPAL FINANCIAL GROUP INC (A), MIDAMERICAN FUNDING LLC (B), AMERUS GROUP CO/IA (C), EMC INSURANCE GROUP INC (D), MEREDITH CORP (E), MIDAMERICAN ENERGY HOLDINGS CO /NEW/ (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Des Moines include: Bloomfield Church (A), First Pilgrim Church (B), Community of Christ Church (C), Westminister Presbyterian Church (D), First Federated Church (E), Mount Olive Lutheran Church (F), Christ United Methodist Church (G), Emmanuel Church of God in Christ (H), True Bible Baptist Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Oak Grove Cemetery (1), Saint Ambrose Cemetery (2), Sims Cemetery (3), Sunset Memorial Gardens (4), Emmanuel Cemetery (5), Glendale Cemetery (6), Woodland Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Grays Lake (A), Dean Lake (B), Case Lake (C), Lake Easter (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Rivers and creeks: Raccoon River (A), Walnut Creek (B), Frink Creek (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Des Moines include: Ashby Park (1), Ashworth Park (2), Riverside Park (3), Beaverdale Park (4), Birdland Park (5), Blank Park (6), Sayers Park (7), Burke Memorial Park (8), Columbus Park (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attractions: Darshan Studios Comic Art Museum & Strytllng Thtre (3819 6th Avenue) (1), Edmundson Art Foundation Inc (Museums; 4700 Grand Avenue) (2), Fort Des Moines Memorial Park (Museums; 514 East Locust Street) (3), Des Moines Art Center (Museums; 4700 Grand Avenue) (4), Italian-American Cultural Center (Museums; 1961 Indianola Avenue) (5), Salisbury House Foundation (Cultural Attractions- Events- & Facilities; 4025 Tonawanda Drive) (6), Historical Outfitters (Historical Places & Services; 511 E 6th St Suite C) (7), Hubbell Historical Center (Historical Places & Services; 507 Southwest 7th Street) (8), Science Center of Iowa (Cultural Attractions- Events- & Facilities; 401 Mrtn Lthr Kng Jr # J) (9). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Hotels: Palace Inn (6215 Northeast 14th Street) (1), Holiday Inn Express Des Moines (1140 24th Street) (2), Casa Bella Motel (3132 Southeast 14th Street) (3), Best Western (5020 NE 14th St) (4), 14th Street Inn (4685 Northeast 14th Street) (5), Microtel Inn & Suites (8711 Plum Drive) (6), Rodeway Inn Des Moines (5626 Douglas Avenue) (7), Park Place Apartments (615 Park Street) (8), Baymont Des Moines-Airport (6221 Southwest Army Post Road) (9). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Courts: Iowa State - Judicial- Supreme Court (1111 East Court Avenue) (1), Polk County - Offices Departments- Mediation Program District Court- Mediation Program Coordin (5th And Mullberry) (2), Polk County - Offices- Court Administration Fifth Judicial District- Judges-District C (5th And Mullberry) (3), Polk County - Juvenile Court Services- Services- Offices (120 2nd Avenue Floor 3) (4), Iowa State - Judicial- Law Examiners Board (1111 East Court Avenue) (5), Polk County - Offices- Clerk Of District Court Iowa-In And For Polk Co- Files Divi (600 Southwest 7th Street) (6), United States Government - Courts- District Court- Judges Chambers-District Court- Probation Of (110 East Court Avenue Suite 300) (7), Courts-Federal - Bankruptcy Court- Clerk's Office (110 East Court Avenue Suite 300) (8), Polk County - Offices- Correctional Services- Drug Court (910 Washington Avenue) (9). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Polk County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2012 was 73.2. This is about average.

City:

73.2
U.S.:

74.2

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2012 was 0.224. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 0.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.224
U.S.:

0.303

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2012 was 8.07. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 0.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.07
U.S.:

6.58

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2012 was 0.0697. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 0.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.0697
U.S.:

1.9290

Ozone [ppb] level in 2012 was 36.4. This is about average. Closest monitor was 1.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

36.4
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 21.1. This is about average. Closest monitor was 0.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

21.1
U.S.:

20.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 9.16. This is about average. Closest monitor was 1.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

9.16
U.S.:

9.14

Drinking water stations with addresses in Des Moines and their reported violations in the past:

DES MOINES WATER WORKS (Address: 2201 GEORGE FLAGG PARKWAY , Population served: 233,020, Surface water):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Average - Between APR-2014 and JUN-2014, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (MAY-23-2014), St Public Notif requested (MAY-23-2014)
  • MCL, Average - Between JAN-2014 and MAR-2014, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (MAR-21-2014), St Public Notif requested (MAR-21-2014), St Public Notif received (MAR-31-2014)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Single Turbidity Exceed (Enhanced SWTR) - In DEC-2013, Contaminant: IESWTR. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (FEB-12-2014), St Compliance achieved (MAR-01-2014)

Drinking water stations with addresses in Des Moines that have no violations reported:

  • CUMMING WATER TREATMENT PLANT (Address: 2201 GEORGE FLAGG PARKWAY , Population served: 351, Primary Water Source Type: Purch surface water)
  • DMWW-GREENBRIER ESTATES (Address: 2201 GEORGE FLAGG PARKWAY , Population served: 300, Primary Water Source Type: Purch surface water)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 19.0%
(13.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 45.3% for Black residents, 25.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.4 people
Iowa:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  58.4%
Whole state:  64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  9.2%
Whole state:  6.7%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.5% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.5% of all households

People in group quarters in Des Moines in 2010:

  • 2,678 people in college/university student housing
  • 1,005 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 663 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 556 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 381 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 313 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 169 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 162 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 115 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
  • 23 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 22 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 10 people in in-patient hospice facilities
  • 6 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles

People in group quarters in Des Moines in 2000:

  • 2,407 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 1,586 people in nursing homes
  • 702 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 486 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 279 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 238 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 173 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 165 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 100 people in orthopedic wards and institutions for the physically handicapped
  • 93 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 85 people in other group homes
  • 53 people in state prisons
  • 41 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 39 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 28 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 19 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children
  • 15 people in institutions for the blind
  • 15 people in religious group quarters
  • 13 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 13 people in hospices or homes for chronically ill

Des Moines, Iowa environmental map by EPA

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Des Moines compared to Iowa state average:

  • Black race population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage above state average.
  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.

Arenas or stadiums:

  • Iowa Events Center. Capacity: 16,980.
  • Iowa Veterans Memorial Auditorium. Capacity: 14,727.

Banks with most branches in Des Moines (2011 data):

  • Bankers Trust Company: 12 branches. Info updated 2010/01/13: Bank assets: $2,686.8 mil, Deposits: $1,857.5 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 21 total offices, Holding Company: Btc Financial Corporation
  • U.S. Bank National Association: 10 branches. Info updated 2012/01/30: Bank assets: $330,470.8 mil, Deposits: $236,091.5 mil, headquarters in Cincinnati, OH, positive income, 3121 total offices, Holding Company: U.S. Bancorp
  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Des Moines Downtown Branch, Army Post Branch, Douglas Branch, East Euclid Branch, Des Moines Ingersoll Branch, East Euclid Mb Branch. Info updated 2011/04/05: Bank assets: $1,161,490.0 mil, Deposits: $905,653.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, 6395 total offices, Holding Company: Wells Fargo & Company
  • West Bank: East Branch, City Center Branch, North Branch, South Branch. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $1,256.9 mil, Deposits: $959.3 mil, headquarters in West Des Moines, IA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 12 total offices, Holding Company: West Bancorporation, Inc.
  • Liberty Bank, F.S.B.: 4018 University Branch, Hubbell Avenue Branch, Walnut Street Branch. Info updated 2011/07/21: Bank assets: $934.1 mil, Deposits: $843.6 mil, headquarters in West Des Moines, IA, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 27 total offices
  • MetaBank: 3624 Sixth Avenue Branch, Ingersoll Avenue Branch, Sixth Avenue Branch. Info updated 2011/07/21: Bank assets: $1,358.3 mil, Deposits: $1,225.7 mil, headquarters in Storm Lake, IA, positive income, Mortgage Lending Specialization, 12 total offices
  • Community State Bank, National Association: East 33rd Des Moines Branch, Southside Des Moines Branch, Euclid Des Moines Branch. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $547.6 mil, Deposits: $434.8 mil, headquarters in Ankeny, IA, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 11 total offices, Holding Company: Van Diest Investment Company
  • Iowa State Bank: at East 7th And Locust Streets, Hubbell Avenue Branch, Ninth Street Branch. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $311.1 mil, Deposits: $262.2 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 5 total offices, Holding Company: Iowa State Bank Holding Company
  • Bank of the West: 801 Grand, Southdale Branch, Hubbell Branch. Info updated 2009/11/16: Bank assets: $62,408.3 mil, Deposits: $43,995.2 mil, headquarters in San Francisco, CA, positive income, 647 total offices, Holding Company: Bnp Paribas
  • 10 other banks with 14 local branches

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Des Moines, Iowa:

  • Comfort Inn, 5231 Fleur Dr, Des Moines, IA 50321 , Phone: (515) 287-3434, Fax: (515) 287-3434
  • Holiday Inn Des Moines/Northwest, 5000 Merle Hay Rd, Des Moines, IA 50322 , Phone: (515) 278-0271, Fax: (515) 276-8172
  • Des Moines Marriott, 700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309 , Phone: (515) 245-5500, Fax: (515) 245-5515
  • Heartland Inn, 1901 Hackley Ave, Des Moines, IA 50315 , Phone: (515) 256-0603, Fax: (515) 256-0418
  • Motel 6, 4940 Ne 14TH St, Des Moines, IA 50316 , Phone: (515) 266-5456, Fax: (515) 266-6954
  • Motel 6, 4817 Fleur Dr, Des Moines, IA 50321 , Phone: (515) 287-6364, Fax: (515) 287-3909
  • Embassy Suites, 101 East Locust, Des Moines, IA 50309 , Phone: (515) 244-1700, Fax: (515) 244-2537
  • Best Western Inn, 5220 Ne 14TH St, Des Moines, IA 50313 , Phone: (515) 265-5611, Fax: (515) 265-1669
  • 20 other hotels and motels
All 28 fire-safe hotels and motels in Des Moines, Iowa

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

Des Moines travel time to work - commute Des Moines mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (76%)
  • Electricity (22%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1%)
  • Other fuel (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

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Neighborhoods in Des Moines:

(Des Moines, Iowa Neighborhood Map)

Religion statistics for Des Moines city (based on Polk County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 48.19%
Here: 48.2%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaUnited Methodist ChurchChristian Church (Disciples of Christ)Assemblies of God
Adherents32.2%13.1%11.0%5.5%5.5%
Congregations6.6%9.4%13.5%5.9%4.9%
NameLutheran ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA) Non-Charismatic Churches IndependentUnited Church of ChristOther
Adherents4.4%3.9%2.9%2.9%18.5%
Congregations3.8%5.9%1.4%1.7%46.9%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 63
Polk County:

1.51 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 7
This county:

0.17 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.23 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 8
Polk County:

0.19 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

0.43 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 158
Polk County:

3.78 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 316
Here:

7.57 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

7.3%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Polk County:

25.8%
Iowa:

27.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

13.5%
State:

14.5%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2013)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 65$400,302$73,9020$0
Other Government Administration 58$357,521$73,9702$1,649
Judicial and Legal 19$169,375$106,9740$0
Police Protection - Officers 330$1,992,744$72,46339$43,607
Police - Other 103$444,213$51,75361$73,020
Firefighters 265$1,493,009$67,6080$0
Fire - Other 8$51,086$76,6294$246
Streets and Highways 183$943,744$61,8854$8,187
Airports 21$121,022$69,1550$0
Welfare 71$363,375$61,4155$3,199
Health 4$27,420$82,2600$0
Solid Waste Management 68$315,911$55,7490$0
Sewerage 208$1,015,686$58,5970$0
Parks and Recreation 82$402,226$58,86249$53,619
Housing and Community Development(Local) 17$88,677$62,5960$0
Natural Resources 12$55,576$55,5760$0
Water Supply 199$1,237,502$74,6239$16,911
Local Libraries 51$236,953$55,75479$87,154
Other and Unallocable 59$302,689$61,5640$0
Totals for Government 1,823$10,019,031$65,951252$287,592

Des Moines government finances - Expenditure in 2006 (per resident):

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $21,294,000 ($102.62)
    Air Transportation: $19,189,000 ($92.47)
    General - Other: $18,388,000 ($88.61)
    Parks and Recreation: $14,385,000 ($69.32)
    Libraries: $10,850,000 ($52.29)
    Water Utilities: $10,663,000 ($51.39)
    Sewerage: $9,102,000 ($43.86)
    General Public Buildings: $3,527,000 ($17.00)
    Parking Facilities: $1,685,000 ($8.12)
    Local Fire Protection: $433,000 ($2.09)
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $49,954,000 ($240.73)
    General - Other: $38,547,000 ($185.76)
    Local Fire Protection: $28,804,000 ($138.81)
    Regular Highways: $24,743,000 ($119.24)
    Water Utilities: $24,377,000 ($117.47)
    Air Transportation: $18,763,000 ($90.42)
    Housing and Community Development: $18,618,000 ($89.72)
    Sewerage: $16,189,000 ($78.02)
    Parks and Recreation: $12,806,000 ($61.71)
    Solid Waste Management: $10,655,000 ($51.35)
    Parking Facilities: $7,271,000 ($35.04)
    Libraries: $5,405,000 ($26.05)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $4,038,000 ($19.46)
    Public Welfare - Other: $3,170,000 ($15.28)
    Financial Administration: $2,832,000 ($13.65)
    Central Staff Services: $2,676,000 ($12.90)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,729,000 ($8.33)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities, NEC: $1,531,000 ($7.38)
    General Public Buildings: $847,000 ($4.08)
    Natural Resources - Other: $44,000 ($0.21)
  • Employee Retirement - Benefit Payments: $1,550,000 ($7.47)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $21,099,000 ($101.68)
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Sewerage: $8,897,000 ($42.88)
    Transit Utilities: $2,534,000 ($12.21)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $95,860,000 ($461.95)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $1,530,000 ($7.37)

Des Moines government finances - Revenue in 2006 (per resident):

  • Charges - Air Transportation: $28,339,000 ($136.57)
    All Other: $25,855,000 ($124.60)
    Sewerage: $25,129,000 ($121.10)
    Solid Waste Management: $9,996,000 ($48.17)
    Parking Facilities: $9,700,000 ($46.74)
    Parks and Recreation: $2,048,000 ($9.87)
    Housing and Community Development: $1,991,000 ($9.59)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $913,000 ($4.40)
    Regular Highways: $832,000 ($4.01)
  • Employee Retirement - Earnings on Investments (calculated): $5,309,000 ($25.58)
    From Parent Local Government: $886,000 ($4.27)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $30,626,000 ($147.59)
    Housing and Community Development: $26,388,000 ($127.16)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $27,387,000 ($131.98)
    Interest Earnings: $9,486,000 ($45.71)
    Fines and Forfeits: $2,513,000 ($12.11)
    Sale of Property: $1,514,000 ($7.30)
    Special Assessments: $766,000 ($3.69)
    Rents: $626,000 ($3.02)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $35,019,000 ($168.76)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $16,613,000 ($80.06)
    All Other: $15,852,000 ($76.39)
    General Local Government Support: $224,000 ($1.08)
  • Tax - Property: $105,522,000 ($508.52)
    Public Utilities Sales: $14,826,000 ($71.45)
    Other Selective Sales: $3,786,000 ($18.24)
    Other License: $3,721,000 ($17.93)

Des Moines government finances - Debt in 2006 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $487,458,000 ($2349.08)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $460,735,000 ($2220.30)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $64,370,000 ($310.20)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $37,647,000 ($181.42)
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $9,423,000 ($45.41)
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $8,373,000 ($40.35)
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $1,050,000 ($5.06)
  • Short Term Debt Outstanding - End of Fiscal Year: $33,162,000 ($159.81)
    Beginning: $31,070,000 ($149.73)

Des Moines government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006 (per resident):

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $42,372,000 ($204.19)
  • Employee Retirement - Total Other Securities: $42,280,000 ($203.75)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $94,429,000 ($455.06)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $57,038,000 ($274.87)

5.61% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($40,523 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.61%
Iowa average:

5.75%

0.02% of residents moved from foreign countries ($110 average AGI)
Polk County:

0.02%
Iowa average:

0.01%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Dallas County, IA  0.63% ($45,095 average AGI)
from Story County, IA  0.43% ($37,997)
from Warren County, IA  0.34% ($33,308)


5.27% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($47,493 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.27%
Iowa average:

5.94%

0.03% of residents moved to foreign countries ($233 average AGI)
Polk County:

0.03%
Iowa average:

0.02%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Dallas County, IA  0.95% ($57,124 average AGI)
to Warren County, IA  0.34% ($42,170)
to Story County, IA  0.25% ($30,347)

Strongest AM radio stations in Des Moines:

  • KRNT (1350 AM; 5 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KBGG (1700 AM; 10 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KXNO (1460 AM; 5 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KPSZ (940 AM; 10 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • WOI (640 AM; 5 kW; AMES, IA; Owner: IOWA STATE UNIV., OF SCIENCE & TECH.)
  • KWKY (1150 AM; 1 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: PUTBRESE COMMUNICATIONS, LTD.)
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KFGQ (1260 AM; 5 kW; BOONE, IA; Owner: BOONE BIBLICAL MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KFAB (1110 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KXLQ (1490 AM; 1 kW; INDIANOLA, IA; Owner: WARREN BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KKAR (1290 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Des Moines:

  • KIOA (93.3 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • K269EJ (101.7 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA)
  • KJMC (89.3 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: MINORITY COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • K288DX (105.5 FM; DES MOINES, ETC., IA; Owner: POWER DU PREE BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KGGO (94.9 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KDFR (91.3 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)
  • KMXD (100.3 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WOI-FM (90.1 FM; AMES, IA; Owner: IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY OF SCI & TECH)
  • KSTZ (102.5 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KAZR (103.3 FM; PELLA, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KJJY (92.5 FM; WEST DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KVJZ (106.3 FM; ANKENY, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KDPS (88.1 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: DES MOINES INDEP. COM.SCHOOL DIST.)
  • KHKI (97.3 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KKDM (107.5 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KWDM (88.7 FM; WEST DES MOINES, IA; Owner: W. DES MOINES COMM. SCHOOL DISTRICT)
  • KLTI-FM (104.1 FM; AMES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KRKQ (98.3 FM; BOONE, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KLRX (96.1 FM; MADRID, IA; Owner: THOMAS H. BURKE, RECEIVER FOR LIFESTYLE COMMUNICATIONS CORP.)
  • KZZQ (99.5 FM; WINTERSET, IA; Owner: POSITIVE IMPACT MEDIA, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Des Moines:

  • WBXF-CA (Channel 4; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: THE BOX WORLDWIDE LLC)
  • WOI-TV (Channel 5; AMES, IA; Owner: CAPITAL COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY, INC.)
  • KRPG-LP (Channel 43; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: TIGER EYE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KDIN-TV (Channel 11; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • KPWB-TV (Channel 23; AMES, IA; Owner: PAPPAS TELECASTING OF IOWA, L.L.C.)
  • KDSM-TV (Channel 17; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: KDSM LICENSEE, LLC)
  • KCCI (Channel 8; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: DES MOINES HEARST-ARGYLE TV, INC.)
  • WHO-TV (Channel 13; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: NEW YORK TIMES MANAGEMENT SERVICES)
  • K41DD (Channel 41; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: VENTANA TELEVISION, INC.)
  • K29EA (Channel 29; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: TV-45, INC.)
  • K46EY (Channel 46; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: TV-45, INC.)
  • KFPX (Channel 39; NEWTON, IA; Owner: PAXSON DES MOINES LICENSE, INC.)
  • K48FZ (Channel 48; AMES, IA; Owner: TV-52, INC.)
  • K56GD (Channel 56; AMES, IA; Owner: TV-45, INC.)

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

See more detailed statistics of Des Moines fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2011 here
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 16 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Des Moines)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 460 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 17 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Des Moines, IA)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 135 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 31 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 173 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 39 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 33 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 565 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Des Moines)

FAA Registered Aircraft Manufacturers and Dealers: 3 (See the full list of FAA Registered Manufacturers and Dealers in Des Moines)
FAA Registered Aircraft: 214 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft)
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 49 full and 8 partial tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1,172$113,951859$111,2573,586$127,096399$38,36329$1,286,652514$77,02810$65,213
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED45$103,80051$128,873466$116,68748$33,1081$250,00024$102,2663$64,473
APPLICATIONS DENIED161$102,307158$93,7341,513$107,924339$24,00712$618,750112$66,35720$40,371
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN91$103,39981$108,9981,040$117,98182$53,1691$283,00045$74,4104$75,085
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS11$99,1716$164,973191$117,99023$63,6971$940,0004$175,2501$6,690

Detailed mortgage data for all 55 tracts in Des Moines, IA

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 47 full and 8 partial tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED159$133,995184$141,0482$84,460
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED31$129,42865$121,3295$97,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED20$140,30132$137,4192$101,000
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN9$115,21413$144,3700$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS2$82,3806$131,3721$47,000

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 638
  • Hazardous Condition: 204
  • Service Call: 31
  • Good Intent Call: 18

Incident types - Des Moines

See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Des Moines, IA
Most common first names in Des Moines, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary1,63079.2 years
John1,55274.1 years
William1,28873.9 years
Robert1,24470.2 years
James1,08272.5 years
Charles96574.5 years
Helen84480.3 years
George79675.9 years
Margaret71580.2 years
Dorothy67177.9 years
Most common last names in Des Moines, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith69775.9 years
Johnson66876.6 years
Brown47174.4 years
Miller46076.1 years
Anderson45577.3 years
Davis39774.7 years
Jones38074.4 years
Williams31572.4 years
Wilson31376.1 years
Thompson28874.2 years
Businesses in Des Moines, IA
NameCountNameCount
ALDI3La-Z-Boy4
AMF Bowling1Lane Bryant1
AT&T1Lane Furniture2
Ace Hardware4LensCrafters1
Advance Auto Parts6Little Caesars Pizza3
Aeropostale2Long John Silver's3
American Eagle Outfitters1Marriott3
Applebee's2MasterBrand Cabinets3
Arby's3Maurices2
Ashley Furniture2McDonald's14
AutoZone4Menards1
Baskin-Robbins1Motel 62
Bath & Body Works2Motherhood Maternity3
Baymont Inn2New Balance6
Best Western1Nike12
Blockbuster4Nissan1
Budget Car Rental1Office Depot1
Buffalo Wild Wings1OfficeMax2
Burger King9Old Country Buffet1
Burlington Coat Factory1Old Navy1
Caribou Coffee2Pac Sun1
Carson Pirie Scott2Panera Bread1
Catherines2Papa John's Pizza4
Chick-Fil-A1Payless3
Cinnabon 1Penske4
Comfort Inn2PetSmart1
Curves3Pizza Hut6
DHL1Popeyes2
Dairy Queen8Quality2
Days Inn2Quiznos4
Deb1RadioShack5
Domino's Pizza5Ramada1
Econo Lodge2Rodeway Inn1
Ethan Allen1Ryder Rental & Truck Leasing1
Famous Footwear2SAS Shoes1
Fashion Bug1SONIC Drive-In1
FedEx44Sears6
Finish Line1Shoe Carnival1
Firestone Complete Auto Care3Slumberland2
Foot Locker2Sprint Nextel3
Ford1Staples1
GNC3Starbucks7
GameStop2Subway15
Goodwill1Super 81
H&R Block11T-Mobile7
Hardee's3Taco Bell4
Haworth1Target2
Hilton2The Cheesecake Factory1
Hobby Lobby1Toyota1
Holiday Inn4Toys"R"Us2
Home Depot1Travelodge1
Hot Topic1U-Haul7
Hyatt1U.S. Cellular6
Hyundai1UPS51
IHOP1Vans2
JCPenney1Verizon Wireless4
Jimmy John's5Victoria's Secret2
Jones New York7Village Inn2
Journeys2Walgreens11
Justice1Walmart2
KFC5Wendy's4
Kmart1Wet Seal1
Kohl's1YMCA5
Kroger1

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  • #3 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Communications equipment operators (population 50,000+)"
  • #4 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Finance and insurance (population 50,000+)"
  • #4 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest temperature differences during a year (population 50,000+)"
  • #7 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Cooks and food preparation workers (population 50,000+)"
  • #9 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest number of thefts in 2006 per 10,000 residents, excludes tourist destinations and others with a lot of outsiders visiting based on city industries data (population 50,000+)"
  • #12 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: U. S. Postal service (population 50,000+)"
  • #13 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Printing and related support activities (population 50,000+)"
  • #14 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Plastics and rubber products (population 50,000+)"
  • #16 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in orthopedic wards and institutions for the physically handicapped (population 50,000+)"
  • #20 on the list of "Top 101 larger cities with the highest real estate taxes percentage in 2005"
  • #24 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most local government spending on current operations of parking facilities per resident in 2004 in $"
  • #26 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest average wind speeds (population 50,000+)"
  • #28 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse (population 50,000+)"
  • #29 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest city-data.com crime index increase from 2000-2002 average to 2006 (population 50,000+)"
  • #30 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the biggest property tax revenues per resident in 2004 in $ (population 50,000+)"
  • #36 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest wind speed differences during a year (population 50,000+)"
  • #38 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children (population 50,000+)"
  • #50 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Warehousing and storage (population 50,000+)"
  • #50 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Business operations specialists (population 50,000+)"
  • #1 (50309) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Sudanese first ancestries"
  • #23 (50310) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Yugoslavian first ancestries"
  • #46 (50309) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the highest 2004 average taxable dividends for individuals (pop 5,000+)"
  • #53 (50314) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of German Russian first ancestries (pop 5,000+)"
  • #63 (50312) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Bulgarian first ancestries (pop 5,000+)"
  • #73 (50314) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Other Arab first ancestries (pop 5,000+)"
  • #25 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest average weight of females"
  • #45 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that visited a dentist within the past year"
  • #58 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that had a sunburn in the past 12 months"
  • #59 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the best general health status score of residents (1-5), 3 years of data"
  • #70 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that keep firearms around their homes"
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