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 32,364 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, Des Moines isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Des Moines are a mix 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 (13.50%), management occupations (9.45%), and sales jobs (8.06%).

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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

In Des Moines, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.97 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

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 overall education level of Des Moines is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 25.45% 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 $33,869, which is upper middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $135,476 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 19.60% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Des Moines include German, English, Irish, Norwegian, and Italian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Des Moines's cultural character, accounting for 21.29% of the city’s population.

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