West Des Moines, IA

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Living in West Des Moines

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 90.35% 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 (15.17%), management occupations (12.35%), and business and financial occupations (10.63%).

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.

One of the benefits of West Des Moines is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.68 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

For the size of the city, public transportation in West Des Moines is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For West Des Moines, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in West Des Moines. 54.88% 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 $42,632, which is wealthy relative to Iowa and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $170,528 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 Dutch.

The most common language spoken in West Des Moines is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Langs. of India.