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Des Moines,IA index of house prices

Total population: 209,220 (Urban population: 197,533, Rural population: 1,155 (26 farm, 1,129 nonfarm))

Houses: 90,110 (82,837 occupied: 48,681 owner occupied, 34,156 renter occupied)

% of renters here:

41%
State:

29%

Housing density: 1,189 houses/condos per square mile

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses and condos in 2016: $98,902.

Median contract rent in 2016: $468 (lower quartile is $368, upper quartile is $556)


Median rent asked for vacant for-rent units in 2016: $913


Median gross rent in Des Moines, IA in 2016: $532

Housing units in Des Moines with a mortgage: 33,990 (1,116 second mortgage, 3,938 home equity loan, 188 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 14,691

Median household income for houses/condos with a mortgage: $71,772

Median household income for apartments without a mortgage: $48,316

Median monthly housing costs: $868


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Des Moines, Iowa Age and Sex of Residents
Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $126,100 (it was $79,900 in 2000)
Des Moines:

$126,100
Iowa:

$142,300
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $93,600 - $172,300

Mean price in 2016:

Detached houses: $144,983
Here:

$144,983
State:

$179,425

Townhouses or other attached units: $176,933
Here:

$176,933
State:

$194,502

In 2-unit structures: $117,017
Here:

$117,017
State:

$132,478

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $126,087
Here:

$126,087
State:

$137,270

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $184,323
Here:

$184,323
State:

$129,372

Mobile homes: $56,700
Here:

$56,700
State:

$49,582
Median year house/condo built: 1955

Median year apartment built: 1967

Household type by relationship:

Households: 215,328
  • In family households: 161,770 (21,387 male householders, 24,738 female householders)
    29,988 spouses, 64,466 children (59,309 natural, 1,784 adopted, 3,373 stepchildren), 5,033 grandchildren, 2,741 brothers or sisters, 2,954 parents, 3,727 other relatives, 6,736 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 48,382 (18,011 male householders (13,489 living alone)), 18,701 female householders (15,622 living alone)), 11,670 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 5,176

Size of family households: 18,070 2-persons, 11,689 3-persons, 7,975 4-persons, 4,500 5-persons, 2,305 6-persons, 1,586 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 29,111 1-person, 6,424 2-persons, 918 3-persons, 259 4-persons.

25,393 married couples with children.
20,481 single-parent households (4,009 men, 16,472 women).

82.5% of residents of Des Moines speak English at home.
9.4% of residents speak Spanish at home (53% speak English very well, 21% speak English well, 16% speak English not well, 10% don't speak English at all).
2.2% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (62% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 14% speak English not well, 5% don't speak English at all).
3.9% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (39% speak English very well, 31% speak English well, 20% speak English not well, 9% don't speak English at all).
1.9% of residents speak other language at home (34% speak English very well, 31% speak English well, 24% speak English not well, 12% don't speak English at all).

Foreign born population: 26,329 (12.2%)
(37.2% of them are naturalized citizens)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:

Here:

6.0
State:

6.7

Median number of rooms in apartments:

Here:

3.9
State:

4.2

Owner-occupied Renter-occupied

Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses and condos in Des Moines, Iowa:

  • 269no bedroom
  • 1,0371 bedroom
  • 13,9462 bedrooms
  • 24,3783 bedrooms
  • 7,3284 bedrooms
  • 1,7235+ bedrooms
Note: State values scaled to Des Moines population

Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Des Moines, Iowa:

  • 2,348no bedroom
  • 10,5601 bedroom
  • 14,2872 bedrooms
  • 4,8393 bedrooms
  • 1,9774 bedrooms
  • 1455+ bedrooms
Note: State values scaled to Des Moines population
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied

Cars and other vehicles available in Des Moines in owner-occupied houses/condos:

  • 1,187no vehicle
  • 14,1951 vehicle
  • 20,8262 vehicles
  • 9,2113 vehicles
  • 2,3944 vehicles
  • 8685+ vehicles
Note: State values scaled to Des Moines population

Cars and other vehicles available in Des Moines in renter-occupied apartments

  • 6,802no vehicle
  • 15,4121 vehicle
  • 8,8392 vehicles
  • 2,1893 vehicles
  • 5674 vehicles
  • 3475+ vehicles
Note: State values scaled to Des Moines population
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied

Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Des Moines, Iowa:

  • 2691 room
  • 3142 rooms
  • 6923 rooms
  • 6,5524 rooms
  • 11,5805 rooms
  • 10,8556 rooms
  • 7,0147 rooms
  • 5,2098 rooms
  • 6,1969+ rooms
Note: State values scaled to Des Moines population

Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Des Moines, Iowa:

  • 2,0491 room
  • 3,2672 rooms
  • 7,0613 rooms
  • 11,3714 rooms
  • 4,8575 rooms
  • 2,8166 rooms
  • 1,3517 rooms
  • 1,0428 rooms
  • 3429+ rooms
Note: State values scaled to Des Moines population

Year house built

Median 2016 house/condo value by year built ($)

Median house/condo value by year householder moved into unit ($)

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

  • Des Moines, IA household income distribution

  • Des Moines, IA household income distribution
  • 6,084Less than $10,000
  • 3,827$10,000 to $14,999
  • 4,549$15,000 to $19,999
  • 5,483$20,000 to $24,999
  • 4,244$25,000 to $29,999
  • 4,511$30,000 to $34,999
  • 4,045$35,000 to $39,999
  • 4,725$40,000 to $44,999
  • 4,713$45,000 to $49,999
  • 6,122$50,000 to $59,999
  • 9,268$60,000 to $74,999
  • 10,186$75,000 to $99,999
  • 6,502$100,000 to $124,999
  • 3,086$125,000 to $149,999
  • 2,930$150,000 to $199,999
  • 2,562$200,000 or more
  • Home value of owner-occupied houses in 2016 in Des Moines, IA

  • Home value of owner-occupied houses in 2016 in Des Moines, IA
  • 312Less than $10,000
  • 385$10,000 to $14,999
  • 108$15,000 to $19,999
  • 133$20,000 to $24,999
  • 83$25,000 to $29,999
  • 468$30,000 to $34,999
  • 114$35,000 to $39,999
  • 1,111$40,000 to $49,999
  • 1,130$50,000 to $59,999
  • 1,598$60,000 to $69,999
  • 2,226$70,000 to $79,999
  • 3,221$80,000 to $89,999
  • 3,546$90,000 to $99,999
  • 9,566$100,000 to $124,999
  • 7,449$125,000 to $149,999
  • 5,683$150,000 to $174,999
  • 4,276$175,000 to $199,999
  • 2,732$200,000 to $249,999
  • 2,160$250,000 to $299,999
  • 1,379$300,000 to $399,999
  • 359$400,000 to $499,999
  • 516$500,000 to $749,999
  • 100$750,000 to $999,999
  • 26$1,500,000 to $1,999,999
  • Rent paid by renters in 2016 in Des Moines, IA

  • Rent paid by renters in 2016 in Des Moines, IA
  • 237Less than $100
  • 375$100 to $149
  • 968$200 to $249
  • 918$250 to $299
  • 176$300 to $349
  • 517$350 to $399
  • 910$400 to $449
  • 1,294$450 to $499
  • 1,956$500 to $549
  • 3,125$550 to $599
  • 3,400$600 to $649
  • 3,442$650 to $699
  • 4,462$700 to $749
  • 2,971$750 to $799
  • 3,740$800 to $899
  • 1,723$900 to $999
  • 1,895$1,000 to $1,249
  • 706$1,250 to $1,499
  • 321$1,500 to $1,999
  • 101$2,000 to $2,499
  • 78$2,500 to $2,999
  • 841No cash rent

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 6,2252010 or later
  • 9,6172000 to 2009
  • 5,2121990 to 1999
  • 3,8291980 to 1989
  • 9531970 to 1979
  • 860Before 1970
Note: State values scaled to Des Moines population
Des Moines commuting: travel time to work

Travel time to work (commute)

  • Less than 5 minutes: 2,834
  • 5 to 9 minutes: 10,469
  • 10 to 14 minutes: 21,464
  • 15 to 19 minutes: 24,850
  • 20 to 24 minutes: 21,945
  • 25 to 29 minutes: 6,456
  • 30 to 34 minutes: 9,158
  • 35 to 39 minutes: 2,126
  • 40 to 44 minutes: 859
  • 45 to 59 minutes: 1,629
  • 60 to 89 minutes: 1,296
  • 90 or more minutes: 713
Des Moines, IA Time Leaving Home for Work

Percentage of workers working in this county: 91.7%
Number of people working at home: 3,864 (3.6% of all workers)

Des Moines mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work

  • Drove a car alone: 113,072 (83%)
  • Carpooled: 11,335 (8%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 3,067 (2%)
  • Ferryboat: 8 (0%)
  • Taxi: 931 (1%)
  • Bicycle: 138 (0%)
  • Walked: 3,139 (2%)
  • Worked at home: 3,864 (3%)

First ancestries reported:

 German: 14,072
 American: 7,109
 Irish: 6,623
 Italian: 3,800
 English: 3,444
 European: 2,367
 African: 2,201
 Norwegian: 2,008
 Dutch: 1,657
 Swedish: 1,302
 Somali: 1,292
 Yugoslavian: 1,116
 Liberian: 1,036
 Scottish: 938
 Sudanese: 842
 Danish: 743
 Scotch-Irish: 720
 Polish: 581
 French (except Basque): 497
 Czech: 456
 Ethiopian: 398
 Welsh: 319
 British: 318
 Croatian: 316
 Scandinavian: 301
 French Canadian: 235
 Northern European: 221
 Russian: 144
 Hungarian: 139
 Greek: 133
 Nigerian: 117
 Iraqi: 106
 Eastern European: 103
 Latvian: 88
 Swiss: 88
 Israeli: 85
 Ugandan: 77
 Slovak: 75
 Pennsylvania German: 71
 Kenyan: 71
 Bulgarian: 61
 Ghanaian: 57
 Ukrainian: 53
 Belgian: 52
 Austrian: 48
 Czechoslovakian: 47
 Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac: 44
 West Indian: 44
 Lebanese: 41
 Portuguese: 38
 Canadian: 38
 Icelander: 36
 Finnish: 28
 Moroccan: 26
 Haitian: 22
 Serbian: 18
 Lithuanian: 17
 Jamaican: 17
 German Russian: 14
 Cajun: 13
 Luxemburger: 10
 Australian: 10
 Armenian: 10
 Arab: 9
 Slovene: 8
 Romanian: 7
 Brazilian: 6
 Egyptian: 4
 Macedonian: 3

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • 30%Mexico
  • 10%Burma
  • 6%Laos
  • 5%Liberia
  • 5%Vietnam
  • 4%Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 4%Other South Central Asia

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 143,164
  • Other state: 43,701
  • Northeast: 3,394
  • Midwest: 20,302
  • South: 8,891
  • West: 11,114

80% of Des Moines residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 41% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 33% lived in Iowa.

Des Moines:

79.7%
State average:

84.7%

Education attainment for males 25 years and older:

  • No schooling: 1,095
  • Nursery to 4th grade: 510
  • 5th and 6th grade: 2,163
  • 7th and 8th grade: 1,793
  • 9th grade: 1,394
  • 10th grade: 1,577
  • 11th grade: 1,416
  • 12th grade, no diploma: 1,480
  • High school graduate (or equivalency): 20,940
  • Less than 1 year of college: 4,486
  • Some college more than 1 year, no degree: 10,811
  • Associate degree: 5,729
  • Bachelor's degree: 11,630
  • Master's degree: 3,031
  • Professional school degree: 1,303
  • Doctorate degree: 675

Educational Attainment for Males (%)

Education attainment for females 25 years and older:

  • No schooling: 1,398
  • Nursery to 4th grade: 811
  • 5th and 6th grade: 1,144
  • 7th and 8th grade: 1,753
  • 9th grade: 1,140
  • 10th grade: 801
  • 11th grade: 1,497
  • 12th grade, no diploma: 1,446
  • High school graduate (or equivalency): 19,631
  • Less than 1 year of college: 5,602
  • Some college more than 1 year, no degree: 10,489
  • Associate degree: 6,625
  • Bachelor's degree: 13,179
  • Master's degree: 4,348
  • Professional school degree: 823
  • Doctorate degree: 610

Educational Attainment for Females (%)

Class of Workers in 2016 (%)

  • Unemployment by race in 2016
  • Unemployment rate for White non-Hispanic residents
  • 5.2%Males
  • 5.8%Females
  • Unemployment rate for Black residents
  • 14.0%Males
  • 4.1%Females
  • Unemployment rate for American Indian and Alaska Native residents
  • 16.2%Females
  • Unemployment rate for Asian residents
  • 4.4%Males
  • 15.2%Females
  • Unemployment rate for other race residents
  • 7.5%Males
  • 19.0%Females
  • Unemployment rate for two or more race residents
  • 4.6%Males
  • 2.6%Females
  • Unemployment rate for Hispanic or Latino residents
  • 5.1%Males
  • 11.0%Females
Des Moines marital status for males
Des Moines marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 58,297
  • One, attached: 4,654
  • Two: 1,652
  • 3 or 4: 1,774
  • 5 to 9: 3,049
  • 10 to 19: 4,879
  • 20 to 49: 8,768
  • 50 or more: 5,067
  • Mobile homes: 1,836
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 134

Median worth of mobile homes: $24,160

Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities in 2016: 0.7%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities in 2016: 2.2%

House/condo owner moved in on average 12 years ago

Renter moved in on average 2 years ago

Year Householders Moved Into Residence in Des Moines:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Des Moines
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (82.9%)
  • Electricity (15.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1.1%)
  • Wood (0.2%)
  • No fuel used (0.2%)
  • Other fuel (0.2%)
  • Utility gas (47.9%)
  • Electricity (47.3%)
  • Other fuel (2.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1.0%)
  • No fuel used (0.8%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.2%)
  • Wood (0.2%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 2,187
Here:

9.8%
Iowa:

9.6%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 448
Here:

3.4%
Iowa:

6.9%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 5,063
Here:

45.2%
Iowa:

23.8%

School Enrollment by Level of School for Male Students (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School for Female Students (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)