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Population in 2012: 206,688 (100% urban, 0% rural). Population change since 2000: +4.0%
 

Males: 100,779  (48.8%)
Females: 105,909  (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

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 2011: 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.

Recent home sales, real estate maps, and home value estimator for zip codes: 50309, 50310, 50311, 50312, 50313, 50314, 50315, 50316, 50317, 50320, 50321.

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  • White alone - 142,119 (68.8%)
  • Hispanic - 26,591 (12.9%)
  • Black alone - 21,179 (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%)

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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 (21.3%), Irish (13.0%), English (8.0%), Italian (4.3%), United States (4.1%), Dutch (3.3%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 10/18/1851

Elevation: 864 feet

Land area: 75.8 square miles.

Population density: 2,727 people per square mile 
 
 (average).

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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: 7.8%
  • 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%

18,679 residents are foreign born (4.5% Latin America, 2.6% Asia, 1.3% Europe).

This city:  9.3%
Iowa:  3.7%



According to our research of Iowa and other state lists there were 413 registered sex offenders living in Des Moines, Iowa as of May 12, 2014.
The ratio of number of residents in Des Moines to the number of sex offenders is 500 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%)

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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

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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

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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) 443.0406.0440.2404.4525.1507.5536.8463.7391.4394.1414.5400.4

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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, Iowa accommodation, waste management, arts - Economy and Business Data

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

5.5%
Iowa:

4.7%

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%)

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Tornado activity:

Des Moines-area historical tornado activity is above Iowa state average. It is 206% 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.

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: 7, Storms: 7, Tornadoes: 3, Floods: 3, Heavy Rain: 1, Snow: 1, Hurricane: 1, Tornado: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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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/medical centers in Des Moines:

  • CENTRAL DES MOINES DIALYSIS (Dialysis Facility, 1215 PLEASANT #106)
  • EAST DES MOINES DIALYSIS (Dialysis Facility, 1301 PENNSYLVANIA AVE STE 208)
  • FRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE DIALYSIS SERVICES DES MOINES (Dialysis Facility, 95 UNIVERSITY STE. 11)
  • FRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE DIALYSIS SERVICES DES MOINES SOUTH (Dialysis Facility, 6651 SW 9TH ST)
  • RIVERPOINT DIALYSIS UNIT (Dialysis Facility, 501 SW 7TH ST STE B)
  • AMEDISYS HOME HEALTH SERVICES (Home Health Center, 100 EAST GRAND AVENUE, SUITE 220)
  • FREEDOM HOME HEALTH CARE INC (Home Health Center, 1331 IDAHO)
  • LUTHERAN SERVICES IN IOWA, INC (Home Health Center, 3116 UNIVERSITY AVENUE)
  • MERCY HOME CARE/ DES MOINES (Home Health Center, 1055 6TH AVENUE, SUITE 200)
  • VISITING NURSE SERVICES OF IOWA HOME CARE (Home Health Center, 1200 UNIVERSITY AVENUE, SUITE 205)
  • WESLEYLIFE HOME HEALTH (Home Health Center, 944 18TH STREET)
  • BEHAVIORAL TECHNOLOGIES-PORTER (Hospital, 2841 EAST PORTER STREET)
  • BROADLAWNS MEDICAL CENTER (Acute Care Hospitals,Voluntary non-profit - Other, provides emergency services, 1801 HICKMAN ROAD)
  • CHARTER COMMUNITY HOSPITAL (Hospital, provides emergency services, 1818 48TH STREET)
  • CHILDSERVE HOMES-BEAVERDALE HOUSE (Hospital, 3610 42ND STREET)
  • IOWA LUTHERAN HOSPITAL (Acute Care Hospitals,Voluntary non-profit - Private, provides emergency services, 700 EAST UNIVERSITY AVENUE)
  • IOWA METHODIST MEDICAL CENTER (Acute Care Hospitals,Voluntary non-profit - Private, provides emergency services, 1200 PLEASANT STREET)
  • MERCY MEDICAL CENTER-DES MOINES (Acute Care Hospitals,Voluntary non-profit - Private, 1111 6TH AVE)
  • MERCY TERRACE HILL SURGERY CENTER (Hospital, 320 GRAND AVENUE)
  • METROPOLITAN MEDICAL CENTER (Hospital, 603 EAST 12TH STREET)
  • MOSAIC-AYRES (Hospital, THE HOMESTEAD BUILDING)
  • VA CENTRAL IOWA HEALTHCARE SYSTEM (Hospital,Acute Care - Veterans Administration,Government Federal, 3600 30TH STREET)
  • WESLEY COMMUNITY HOSPICE (Hospital, 944 18TH STREET)
  • ABBEY,THE (Nursing Home, 2501 24TH STREET)
  • BROADLAWNS WEST (Nursing Home, 2501 24TH)
  • CALVIN COMMUNITY (Nursing Home, 4210 HICKMAN ROAD)
  • EASTON HEALTH CENTER (Nursing Home, 3806 EASTON BOULEVARD)
  • FLEUR HEIGHTS CENTER FOR WELLNESS AND REHAB (Nursing Home, 4911 SW 19TH STREET)
  • GENESIS SENIOR LIVING CENTER (Nursing Home, 5608 SW NINTH STREET)
  • IOWA JEWISH SENIOR LIFE CENTER (Nursing Home, 900 POLK BOULEVARD)
  • MERCY SUBACUTE CARE (Nursing Home, "603 EAST 12TH STREET, 4TH FLOOR")
  • PRIME NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER (Nursing Home, 600 EAST FIFTH STREET)
  • RAMSEY VILLAGE (Nursing Home, 1611 27TH STREET)
  • SCOTTISH RITE PARK INC (Nursing Home, 2909 WOODLAND AVENUE)
  • SHERMAN HILLS HEALTH CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, 721 16TH STREET)
  • THE REHABILITATION CENTER OF DES MOINES (Nursing Home, 701 RIVERVIEW)
  • TRINITY CENTER AT LUTHER PARK (Nursing Home, 1555 HULL AVENUE)
  • UNION PARK HEALTH SERVICES (Nursing Home, 2401 EAST EIGHTH STREET)
  • UNIVERSITY PARK NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER (Nursing Home, 233 UNIVERSITY AVENUE)
  • VALLEY VIEW VILLAGE (Nursing Home, 2571 GUTHRIE AVENUE)
  • WESLEY ACRES (Nursing Home, 3520 GRAND AVENUE)

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Local government website: www.ci.des-moines.ia.us

Colleges/Universities in Des Moines:

  • Drake University (Full-time enrollment: 4,382; Location: 2507 University Avenue; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.drake.edu; Offers Doctor's degree)
  • Grand View University (FT enrollment: 1,601; Location: 1200 Grandview Ave; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.grandview.edu; Offers Master's degree)
  • Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center (FT enrollment: 1,359; Location: 3200 Grand Ave; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.dmu.edu; Offers Doctor's degree)
  • AIB College of Business (FT enrollment: 595; Location: 2500 Fleur Drive; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.aib.edu)
  • Vatterott College (FT enrollment: 558; Location: 7000 Fleur Drive; Private, for-profit; Website: www.vatterott-college.edu)
  • Mercy College of Health Sciences (FT enrollment: 460; Location: 928 Sixth Ave; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.mchs.edu)
  • Iowa School of Beauty (FT enrollment: 141; Location: 3305 70th St; Private, for-profit; Website: iowaschoolofbeauty.com)
  • American College of Hairstyling-Des Moines (FT enrollment: 31; Location: 603 E Sixth St; Private, for-profit; Website: www.americancollegeofhair.com)
  • Iowa Health-Des Moines School of Radiologic Technology (FT enrollment: 23; Location: 1200 Pleasant St; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.iowahealth.org)

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

  • Des Moines Area Community College (about 11 miles; Ankeny, IA; Full-time enrollment: 8,947)
  • Iowa State University (about 31 miles; Ames, IA; FT enrollment: 24,738)
  • Iowa Central Community College (about 69 miles; Fort Dodge, IA; FT enrollment: 3,064)
  • Indian Hills Community College (about 74 miles; Ottumwa, IA; FT enrollment: 3,272)
  • University of Northern Iowa (about 88 miles; Cedar Falls, IA; FT enrollment: 10,923)
  • Hawkeye Community College (about 89 miles; Waterloo, IA; FT enrollment: 3,189)
  • Kirkwood Community College (about 104 miles; Cedar Rapids, IA; FT enrollment: 9,715)

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

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
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AQI  CO  Ozone  PM10 PM2.5 NO2 SO2

Air Quality Index (AQI)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 30.4. This is about average.
City:

30.4
U.S.:

32.0
Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2010 was 0.282. This is about average. There were 51 monitors within city limits.
City:

0.282
U.S.:

0.334
Particulate Matter (PM10) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 18.1. This is better than average. There were 39 monitors within city limits.
City:

18.1
U.S.:

22.1
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 9.11. This is about average. There were 22 monitors within city limits.
City:

9.11
U.S.:

9.59
Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 9.05. This is about average. There were 12 monitors within city limits.
City:

9.05
U.S.:

9.39
Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 0.295. This is significantly better than average. There were 5 monitors within city limits.
City:

0.295
U.S.:

2.433

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

GRANITE CANYON QUARRY (Serves WY, Population served: 45, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between JAN-2001 and MAR-2001, Contaminant: Coliform
  • MCL, Average - Between JAN-2000 and DEC-2000, Contaminant: Nitrate-Nitrite. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (NOV-28-2000), St Public Notif requested (NOV-29-2000), St Violation/Reminder Notice (NOV-29-2000), St Public Notif received (NOV-29-2000)
  • MCL, Average - Between JAN-2000 and DEC-2000, Contaminant: Nitrate-Nitrite. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (NOV-29-2000), St Violation/Reminder Notice (NOV-29-2000), St Public Notif received (NOV-29-2000)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between JUL-1999 and SEP-1999, Contaminant: Coliform
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between OCT-1998 and DEC-1998, Contaminant: Coliform
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations

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

  • DES MOINES WATER WORKS (Population served: 222029, Primary Water Source Type: Surface_water)
  • ARC SOUTHRIDGE ESTATES (Population served: 648, Primary Water Source Type: Purch_surface_water)
  • ARC EWING TRACE (Population served: 455, 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

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Des Moines, IA

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 compared to Iowa state average:

Des Moines, Iowa environmental map by EPA

Map Legend

  • 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.


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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 (75%)
  • Electricity (22%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1%)
  • Other fuel (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2012 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%
Here48.2%
USA50.2%

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.
State:

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

0.17 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

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

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

7.57 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Polk County:

7.3%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Polk County:

25.8%
State:

27.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

13.5%
State:

14.5%

Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 57$292,883$61,6604$4,988
Other Government Administration 33$203,243$73,90712$24,124
Judicial and Legal 21$157,090$89,7662$6,518
Police Protection - Officers 373$1,878,229$60,42630$14,092
Police - Other 117$473,490$48,56353$53,650
Firefighters 297$1,403,076$56,6900$0
Fire - Other 8$34,609$51,9140$0
Correction 3$10,295$41,1800$0
Streets and Highways 219$953,588$52,2516$11,260
Airports 99$390,844$47,3750$0
Welfare 47$185,299$47,31012$12,290
Health 13$60,318$55,6781$1,213
Solid Waste Management 53$202,315$45,8070$0
Sewerage 177$726,039$49,2231$86
Parks and Recreation 108$440,114$48,90218$23,995
Housing and Community Development(Local) 36$159,111$53,0370$0
Natural Resources 11$41,887$45,6950$0
Water Supply 211$1,049,361$59,6794$8,754
Local Libraries 70$259,244$44,44276$69,880
Other and Unallocable 101$415,501$49,3667$9,044
Totals for Government 2,054$9,336,536$54,546226$239,894

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

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $21,294,000 ($103.02)
    Air Transportation: $19,189,000 ($92.84)
    General - Other: $18,388,000 ($88.97)
    Parks and Recreation: $14,385,000 ($69.60)
    Libraries: $10,850,000 ($52.49)
    Water Utilities: $10,663,000 ($51.59)
    Sewerage: $9,102,000 ($44.04)
    General Public Buildings: $3,527,000 ($17.06)
    Parking Facilities: $1,685,000 ($8.15)
    Local Fire Protection: $433,000 ($2.09)
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $49,954,000 ($241.69)
    General - Other: $38,547,000 ($186.50)
    Local Fire Protection: $28,804,000 ($139.36)
    Regular Highways: $24,743,000 ($119.71)
    Water Utilities: $24,377,000 ($117.94)
    Air Transportation: $18,763,000 ($90.78)
    Housing and Community Development: $18,618,000 ($90.08)
    Sewerage: $16,189,000 ($78.33)
    Parks and Recreation: $12,806,000 ($61.96)
    Solid Waste Management: $10,655,000 ($51.55)
    Parking Facilities: $7,271,000 ($35.18)
    Libraries: $5,405,000 ($26.15)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $4,038,000 ($19.54)
    Public Welfare - Other: $3,170,000 ($15.34)
    Financial Administration: $2,832,000 ($13.70)
    Central Staff Services: $2,676,000 ($12.95)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,729,000 ($8.37)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities, NEC: $1,531,000 ($7.41)
    General Public Buildings: $847,000 ($4.10)
    Natural Resources - Other: $44,000 ($0.21)
  • Employee Retirement - Benefit Payments: $1,550,000 ($7.50)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $21,099,000 ($102.08)
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Sewerage: $8,897,000 ($43.05)
    Transit Utilities: $2,534,000 ($12.26)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $95,860,000 ($463.79)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $1,530,000 ($7.40)

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

  • Charges - Air Transportation: $28,339,000 ($137.11)
    All Other: $25,855,000 ($125.09)
    Sewerage: $25,129,000 ($121.58)
    Solid Waste Management: $9,996,000 ($48.36)
    Parking Facilities: $9,700,000 ($46.93)
    Parks and Recreation: $2,048,000 ($9.91)
    Housing and Community Development: $1,991,000 ($9.63)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $913,000 ($4.42)
    Regular Highways: $832,000 ($4.03)
  • Employee Retirement - Earnings on Investments (calculated): $5,309,000 ($25.69)
    From Parent Local Government: $886,000 ($4.29)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $30,626,000 ($148.18)
    Housing and Community Development: $26,388,000 ($127.67)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $27,387,000 ($132.50)
    Interest Earnings: $9,486,000 ($45.90)
    Fines and Forfeits: $2,513,000 ($12.16)
    Sale of Property: $1,514,000 ($7.33)
    Special Assessments: $766,000 ($3.71)
    Rents: $626,000 ($3.03)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $35,019,000 ($169.43)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $16,613,000 ($80.38)
    All Other: $15,852,000 ($76.70)
    General Local Government Support: $224,000 ($1.08)
  • Tax - Property: $105,522,000 ($510.54)
    Public Utilities Sales: $14,826,000 ($71.73)
    Other Selective Sales: $3,786,000 ($18.32)
    Other License: $3,721,000 ($18.00)

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

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $487,458,000 ($2358.42)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $460,735,000 ($2229.13)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $64,370,000 ($311.44)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $37,647,000 ($182.14)
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $9,423,000 ($45.59)
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $8,373,000 ($40.51)
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $1,050,000 ($5.08)
  • Short Term Debt Outstanding - End of Fiscal Year: $33,162,000 ($160.44)
    Beginning: $31,070,000 ($150.32)

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

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $42,372,000 ($205.00)
  • Employee Retirement - Total Other Securities: $42,280,000 ($204.56)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $94,429,000 ($456.87)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $57,038,000 ($275.96)

6.65% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($41,746 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.65%
Iowa average:

6.30%

0.06% of residents moved from foreign countries ($372 average AGI)
Polk County:

0.06%
Iowa average:

0.10%


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Dallas County, IA  0.62% ($46,738 average AGI)
from Story County, IA  0.45% ($38,500)
from Warren County, IA  0.43% ($36,603)


5.85% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($47,662 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.85%
Iowa average:

6.47%

0.04% of residents moved to foreign countries ($202 average AGI)
Polk County:

0.04%
Iowa average:

0.03%


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Dallas County, IA  1.04% ($61,981 average AGI)
to Warren County, IA  0.40% ($47,092)
to Story County, IA  0.25% ($32,827)

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
AMF Bowling1Lane Furniture2
AT&T1LensCrafters1
Ace Hardware4Little 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
Blockbuster4Office Depot1
Budget Car Rental1OfficeMax2
Buffalo Wild Wings1Old Country Buffet1
Burger King9Old Navy1
Burlington Coat Factory1Pac Sun1
Caribou Coffee2Panera Bread1
Carson Pirie Scott2Papa John's Pizza4
Catherines2Payless3
Chick-Fil-A1Penske4
Cinnabon 1PetSmart1
Comfort Inn2Pizza Hut6
Curves3Popeyes2
DHL1Quality2
Dairy Queen8Quiznos4
Days Inn2RadioShack5
Deb1Ramada1
Domino's Pizza5Rodeway Inn1
Econo Lodge2Ryder Rental & Truck Leasing1
Ethan Allen1SAS Shoes1
Famous Footwear2SONIC Drive-In1
Fashion Bug1Sears6
FedEx44Shoe Carnival1
Finish Line1Slumberland2
Firestone Complete Auto Care3Sprint Nextel3
Foot Locker2Staples1
GNC3Starbucks7
GameStop2Subway15
Goodwill1Super 81
H&R Block11T-Mobile7
Hardee's3Taco Bell4
Haworth1Target2
Hobby Lobby1The Cheesecake Factory1
Holiday Inn4Toys"R"Us2
Home Depot1Travelodge1
Hot Topic1U-Haul7
Hyatt1U.S. Cellular6
IHOP1UPS51
JCPenney1Vans2
Jimmy John's5Verizon Wireless4
Jones New York7Victoria's Secret2
Journeys2Village Inn2
KFC5Walgreens11
Kmart1Walmart2
Kohl's1Wendy's4
Kroger1Wet Seal1
La-Z-Boy4YMCA5
Lane Bryant1
Browse common businesses in Des Moines, IA


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  • #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+)"
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  • #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"
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Total of 411 patent applications in 2008-2014.

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