Des Moines, WA


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Des Moines is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Washington. With a population of 31,221 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Des Moines is the 38th largest community in Washington.

Housing costs in Des Moines are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Washington.

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 service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Des Moines who work in office and administrative support (14.37%), food service (8.52%), and management occupations (7.60%).

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.

Des Moines is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

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

The population of Des Moines overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Des Moines, 23.04% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Des Moines in 2010 was $27,933, which is upper middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $111,732 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 Asian. 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 16.59% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Des Moines include English, Irish, Norwegian, and Italian.

Des Moines also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 24.02%.

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