Des Moines, IA
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Des Moines is a relatively large city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 215,472 people and 58 constituent neighborhoods, Des Moines is the largest community in Iowa.

Des Moines is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (15.53%), sales jobs (10.01%), and food service (7.31%).

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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Des Moines use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Des Moines‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

The percentage of people in Des Moines who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 25.17% of adults in Des Moines have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Des Moines in 2010 was $25,437, which is middle income relative to Iowa and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $101,748 for a family of four. However, Des Moines contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Des Moines is an extremely 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 12.64% 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.