Des Moines, Washington Population 2021

32,544
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Des Moines is a city located in Washington. With a 2020 population of 32,544, it is the 39th largest city in Washington and the 1208th largest city in the United States. Des Moines is currently growing at a rate of 0.30% annually and its population has increased by 9.68% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 29,673 in 2010. Des Moines reached it's highest population of 32,544 in 2021. Spanning over 7 miles, Des Moines has a population density of 5,076 people per square mile.

The average household income in Des Moines is $92,390 with a poverty rate of 9.75%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,337 per month, and the median house value is $359,100. The median age in Des Moines is 40.5 years, 39.2 years for males, and 42.1 years for females. For every 100 females there are 96.1 males.

Des Moines Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Des Moines was:

  • White: 56.91%
  • Asian: 11.62%
  • Other race: 11.56%
  • Two or more races: 9.04%
  • Black or African American: 7.41%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 3.03%
  • Native American: 0.43%
The current population of Des Moines, Washington is 32,544, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 32,250.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 29,673.

Des Moines, Washington Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White18,06056.91%
Asian3,68711.62%
Some Other Race3,66911.56%
Two or More Races2,8709.04%
Black or African American2,3507.41%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander9613.03%
American Indian and Alaska Native1370.43%
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Des Moines Population by Race

Des Moines Population Pyramid 2021

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Des Moines Median Age

40.5


Total

39.2


Male

42.1


Female

Des Moines Adults

There are 25,116 adults, (5,329 of whom are seniors) in Des Moines.

Des Moines Age Dependency

60.4

Age Dependency Ratio

26.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

33.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Des Moines Sex Ratio

Female

16,184

51.00%

Male

15,550

49.00%

Des Moines Population by Age

Des Moines Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Des Moines Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married74.3%25.7%
All61%39%
Non Family56.2%43.8%
Female42.1%57.9%
Male39.5%60.5%

61.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Des Moines Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All12,1142.5761
Married5,3813.2274.3
Non Family4,1481.2756.2
Female1,4953.2442.1
Male1,0903.3739.5

3.09

Average Family Size

2.57

Average Household Size

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Des Moines Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,7097.57%
9th to 12th Grade1,3285.89%
High School Graduate5,55724.63%
Some College5,47124.25%
Associates Degree2,48010.99%
Bachelors Degree3,98117.64%
Graduate Degree2,0389.03%
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Des Moines Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Des Moines Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White13,57712,8924,399
Hispanic3,3321,872346
Asian2,6552,091836
Other Race2,1411,03596
Black1,3651,192166
Multiple Races1,2961,078275
Islander54945019
Native American1139922

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 94.95%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 32.40%.

Des Moines Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$42,102$48,297$36,250
Less Than High School$29,500$41,014$18,393
High School Grad$32,422$38,964$27,433
Some College$46,045$51,624$40,843
Bachelors Degree$57,444$64,158$49,938
Graduate Degree$63,571$59,600$63,681

$42,102

Average Earnings

$48,297

Average Male

$36,250

Average Female

Des Moines Earnings by Educational Attainment

Des Moines Language by Age

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Des Moines Language

70.80% of Des Moines residents speak only English, while 29.20% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 15.84% of the population.

Des Moines Language

Des Moines Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White15,9638515.33%
Hispanic6,26271511.42%
Black2,31564427.82%
Asian3,65664017.51%
Other3,66853014.45%
Multiple2,8392609.16%
Native1372618.98%

9.75%

Overall Poverty Rate

10.24%

Male Poverty Rate

9.28%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Des Moines

The race most likely to be in poverty in Des Moines is Black, with 27.82% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Des Moines is White, with 5.33% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.52%. Among those working part-time, it was 17.66%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 11.46%.

Des Moines Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School19.80%
Some College8.86%
High School5.05%
Bachelors or Greater2.63%

Des Moines Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed15.00%
Male Unemployed9.91%
Female Employed6.09%
Male Employed5.72%

Des Moines Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Des Moines Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$70,222$92,390
Families$76,940$99,117
Married Families$99,867-
Non Families$49,603$70,273
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Income by Household Type

Des Moines Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

45.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

46.7%

Male Marriage Rate

43.9%

Female Marriage Rate

Des Moines Married by Age and Sex

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Des Moines Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Des Moines Marital Status by Race

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Des Moines Marital Status

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1,705

Number of Veterans

1,567

Male Veterans

138

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam744
Second Gulf War240
Korea223
First Gulf War189
World War II60

Des Moines Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 74568
75+411
35 to 54331
55 to 64316
18 to 3479

Des Moines Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,3278.59%
Black1519.64%
Hispanic972.44%
2 or More935.19%
Asian591.96%
Other552.23%
Hawaiian202.85%

Des Moines Veterans by Race

Des Moines Veterans by Education

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1.96%

Veteran Poverty Rate

25.06%

Veteran Disability Rate

Des Moines Veterans by Education

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65.5%

Labor Force Participation

61.5%

Employment Rate

6%

Unemployment Rate

Des Moines Employment by Age

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Des Moines Employment by Race

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Des Moines Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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46.63%

Born in Washington

78.94%

Native Born

21.06%

Foreign Born

13.62%

Non Citizen

7.44%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

78.94% of Des Moines residents were born in the United States, with 46.63% having been born in Washington. 13.62% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Des Moines Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202132,544980.30%
202032,446980.30%
201932,348980.30%
201832,2508212.61%
201731,429830.26%
201631,346670.21%
201531,2792520.81%
201431,0273581.17%
201330,6692110.69%
201230,4583811.27%
201130,0773341.12%
201029,7434760.16%
200029,26711,9845.41%
199017,2839,9058.88%
19807,3783,5076.66%
19703,8711,8716.83%
19602,0001,0003.53%
19401,0000.00%

Des Moines Population by Year