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 67,899 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 89.81% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, West Des Moines is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in West Des Moines who work in management occupations (13.30%), business and financial occupations (10.54%), and office and administrative support (10.42%).

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 thing noticeable about West Des Moines, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because West Des Moines is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes West Des Moines a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

One of the benefits of West Des Moines is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.98 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.

If knowledge is power, West Des Moines is a pretty powerful place. 55.44% of the adults in West Des Moines have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in West Des Moines in 2018 was $46,233, which is wealthy relative to Iowa and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $184,932 for a family of four. However, West Des Moines contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

West Des Moines is a very 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 German, Irish, English, Dutch, and Norwegian.

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