Des Moines County, IA

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2022 Population
38,824
0.627% 1-year decline
US Senator
Chuck Grassley
Republican Party
US Senator
Joni Ernst
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
42.1
1.41% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
14.6%
4.79% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$58,084
6.93% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
18,599
1.21% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Des Moines County, IA had a population of 38.8k people with a median age of 42.1 and a median household income of $58,084. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Des Moines County, IA declined from 39,069 to 38,824, a −0.627% decrease and its median household income grew from $54,318 to $58,084, a 6.93% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Des Moines County, IA are White (Non-Hispanic) (85.1%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (5.22%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (4.62%), White (Hispanic) (2.31%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.15%).

None of the households in Des Moines County, IA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

98.6% of the residents in Des Moines County, IA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Des Moines County, IA are Southeastern Community College (767 degrees awarded in 2022).

Most people in Des Moines County, IA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 16.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Des Moines County, IA was 2 cars per household.

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Population & Diversity

Des Moines County, IA is home to a population of 38.8k people, from which 98.6% are citizens. As of 2022, 2.2% of Des Moines County, IA residents were born outside of the country (854 people).

In 2022, there were 16.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (33k people) in Des Moines County, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.03k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.79k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.6%
2022 Citizenship
98.7%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.6% of Des Moines County, IA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Des Moines County, IA was 98.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Des Moines County, IA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    33k ± 208
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    2.03k ± 243
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    1.79k ± 325
3.77%
Hispanic Population
1.46k people

In 2022, there were 16.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (33k people) in Des Moines County, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.03k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.79k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.77% of the people in Des Moines County, IA are hispanic (1.46k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    42,604 ± 5,034 people
  2. India
    12,351 ± 2,723 people
  3. Vietnam
    7,795 ± 2,165 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Iowa was Mexico, the natal country of 42,604 Iowa residents, followed by India with 12,351 and Vietnam with 7,795.

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Foreign-Born Population

2.2%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
854 people
1.97%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
770 people

As of 2022, 2.2% of Des Moines County, IA residents (854 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Des Moines County, IA was 1.97%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,258 ± 205
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    353 ± 110
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    343 ± 96

Des Moines County, IA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.56 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Des Moines County, IA employs 18.6k people. The largest industries in Des Moines County, IA are Manufacturing (3,818 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,775 people), and Retail Trade (2,440 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($67,862), Utilities ($67,344), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($65,500).

Males in Iowa have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $54,745. The income inequality in Iowa (measured using the Gini index) is 0.442, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

18.6k
2022 Value
± 937
−1.21%
1 Year decline
± 7.09%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Des Moines County, IA declined at a rate of −1.21%, from 18.8k employees to 18.6k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Des Moines County, IA, are Production Occupations (2,361 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,006 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,856 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Des Moines County, IA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

18.6k
2022 Value
± 937
−1.21%
1 Year decline
± 7.09%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Des Moines County, IA declined at a rate of −1.21%, from 18.8k employees to 18.6k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Des Moines County, IA, are Manufacturing (3,818 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,775 people), and Retail Trade (2,440 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Des Moines County, IA, though some of these residents may live in Des Moines County, IA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$48,088
Median earning men ± $3,804
$32,903
Median earning women ± $1,405

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Information ($78,750), Public Administration ($73,636), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($73,443).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($54,286), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($42,271), and Construction ($40,313).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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1.48%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 1.57M people employed in Iowa. This represents a 1.48% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.9%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Iowa.

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Establishments by Size

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Des Moines County, IA went to Donald J. Trump with 53.3% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (44.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.38%).

Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst are the senators currently representing the state of Iowa. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Iowa is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Iowa

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Chuck Grassley
Senator from Iowa3
Assumed office on January 3, 1981
Joni Ernst
Senator from Iowa2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst are the senators currently representing Iowa.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Iowa

Iowa is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Iowa have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Des Moines County, IA awarded 767 degrees. The student population of Des Moines County, IA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 1,030 male students and 1,446 female students.

The largest universities in Des Moines County, IA by number of degrees awarded are Southeastern Community College (767 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Des Moines County, IA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (217 and 28.3%), Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant (92 and 12%), and Welding Technology (71 and 9.26%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 2,476 students enrolled in Des Moines County, IA, 41.6% men and 58.4% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in N/A with N/A records, of which N/A% were women and N/A% men.

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Concentrations

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Des Moines County, IA was N/A with N/A degrees awarded.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
767 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Southeastern Community College with 767 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 2-year ($6,000) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($210) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,298) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In N/A, N/A% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while N/A% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in N/A were N/A.

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Housing & Living

People in Des Moines County, IA have an average commute time of 16.7 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Des Moines County, IA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Des Moines County, IA is $58,084. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Des Moines County, IA was Census Tract 12 with a value of $90,597, followed by Census Tract 11 and Census Tract 10, with respective values of $75,737 and $75,231.

In 2022, 12% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Des Moines County, IA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 2.08%.

Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 12
  2. Census Tract 11
  3. Census Tract 10

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Des Moines County, IA was Census Tract 12 with a value of $90,597, followed by Census Tract 11 and Census Tract 10, with respective values of $75,737 and $75,231.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Des Moines County, IA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$58,084
Median Household Income
± $3,015
N/A
Number of Households
± N/A

In 2022, the median household income of the N/A households in Des Moines County, IA grew to $58,084 from the previous year's value of $54,318.

The following chart displays the households in Des Moines County, IA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Des Moines County, IA is from Iowa.
0.442
2022 Wage GINI in Iowa
0.439
2021 Wage GINI in Iowa

In 2022, the income inequality in Iowa was 0.442 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.723% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Iowa was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Iowa in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (82.6%)
  2. Carpooled (8.58%)
  3. Worked At Home (3.97%)

In 2022, 82.6% of workers in Des Moines County, IA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.58%) and those who worked at home (3.97%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

16.7 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Des Moines County, IA have a shorter commute time (16.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.53% of the workforce in Des Moines County, IA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 12% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Des Moines County, IA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 2.08%.

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Poverty & Diversity

14.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Des Moines County, IA (5.56k out of 38k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 25 - 34 and then Females 35 - 44.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Des Moines County, IA is White, followed by Black and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Crimes & Accidents

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In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 518 in Des Moines County, IA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 43.3 per 100,000 population.

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Health

96.5% of the population of Des Moines County, IA has health coverage, with 45.4% on employee plans, 22.3% on Medicaid, 15.1% on Medicare, 12.5% on non-group plans, and 1.2% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Des Moines County, IA see 1559 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.59% increase from the previous year (1505 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1382 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 440 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.9% were men and 51.1% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,559 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Des Moines County, IA

Primary care physicians in Des Moines County, IA see an average of 1,559 patients per year. This represents a 3.59% increase from the previous year (1,505 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Des Moines County, IA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 23.9% under 18 years, 17.8% between 18 and 34 years, 38% between 35 and 64 years, and 20.2% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.9% were men and 51.1% were women.

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Uninsured People

3.5%
Uninsured
45.4%
Employer Coverage
22.3%
Medicaid
15.1%
Medicare
12.5%
Non-Group
1.2%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Des Moines County, IA declined by 11.6% from 3.96% to 3.5%.

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Health Outcomes

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Health Behaviors

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