Des Moines, IA
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Des Moines is a relatively large city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 210,330 people and 58 constituent neighborhoods, Des Moines is the largest community in Iowa.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Des Moines is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Des Moines is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Des Moines who work in office and administrative support (16.48%), sales jobs (10.00%), and food service (7.55%).

Also of interest is that Des Moines has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

In terms of college education, Des Moines is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 25.09% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Des Moines in 2010 was $24,430, which is middle income relative to Iowa and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $97,720 for a family of four. However, Des Moines contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Des Moines is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Des Moines home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Des Moines residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Des Moines also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.43% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Des Moines include Irish, English, Italian, and Dutch.

The most common language spoken in Des Moines is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.