West Des Moines is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 64,560 people and 13 constituent neighborhoods, West Des Moines is the tenth largest community in Iowa.
West Des Moines real estate is some of the most expensive in Iowa, although West Des Moines house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
West Des Moines is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.62% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, West Des Moines is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in West Des Moines who work in office and administrative support (15.12%), management occupations (12.03%), and business and financial occupations (11.07%).
Also of interest is that West Des Moines has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of West Des Moines spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.42 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in West Des Moines. 53.25% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.
The per capita income in West Des Moines in 2010 was $40,676, which is wealthy relative to Iowa and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $162,704 for a family of four. However, West Des Moines contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
West Des Moines is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call West Des Moines home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of West Des Moines residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in West Des Moines include Irish, English, Norwegian, and Swedish.
The most common language spoken in West Des Moines is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Other Asian languages.