Des Moines, Washington Population 2024

31,946

Des Moines is a city located in King County Washington. Des Moines has a 2024 population of 31,946. Des Moines is currently declining at a rate of -0.72% annually and its population has decreased by -2.81% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 32,870 in 2020.

The average household income in Des Moines is $106,820 with a poverty rate of 11.81%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Des Moines is 38.2 years, 38.3 years for males, and 38.1 years for females.

Des Moines Demographics

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

  • White: 53.11%
  • Asian: 12.06%
  • Other race: 11.92%
  • Two or more races: 10.45%
  • Black or African American: 9.62%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 2.38%
  • Native American: 0.44%
Land Area (mi²)
6.4 sq mi
Density (mi²)
4,981.0/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-2.81% (-924)
The current population of Des Moines, Washington is 31,946 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 32,870.

Des Moines, Washington Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White17,35153.11%
Asian3,94112.06%
Other race3,89311.92%
Two or more races3,41410.45%
Black or African American3,1449.62%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander7792.38%
Native American1450.44%

White

Asian

Other race

Two or more races

Black or African American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Native American

Des Moines Population by Race

Des Moines Population Pyramid 2024

Des Moines Median Age

38.2

Total

38.3

Male

38.1

Female

Des Moines Adults

There are 25,756 adults, (5,563 of whom are seniors) in Des Moines.

Des Moines Age Dependency

61.8

Age Dependency Ratio

27.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

34.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Des Moines Sex Ratio

Female16,93551.84%
Male15,73248.16%

Des Moines Population by Age

Des Moines Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All12,3692.5759.440.6
Married5,2053.3272.327.7
Non Family4,7261.3651.948.1
Female1,6483.4346.753.3
Male7903.1145.354.7

3.15

Average Family Size

2.57

Average Household Size

59.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Des Moines Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,5146.51%
9th to 12th Grade1,1334.87%
High School Graduate6,09626.2%
Some College5,01821.57%
Associates Degree2,43010.44%
Bachelors Degree4,65720.01%
Graduate Degree2,42110.4%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Des Moines Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Des Moines Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
White12,76712,2304,504
Hispanic3,4562,206621
Asian3,0382,4681,115
Other Race2,2241,190225
2+ Races2,0801,819361
Black1,9261,760491
Islander516471121
Native American959164

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 95.79%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among native american people with a rate of 67.37%.

Des Moines Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Overall$53,036$59,709$49,531
Less Than 9th Grade$36,636$50,625$33,295
High School Graduate$47,139$48,807$45,797
Some College$46,835$53,868$41,315
Bachelors Degree$72,212$80,682$62,462
Graduate Degree$74,167$79,018$73,056

$53,036

Average Earnings

$59,709

Average Male

$49,531

Average Female

Des Moines Earnings by Educational Attainment

Des Moines Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Des Moines Language

65.16% of Des Moines residents speak only English, while 34.84% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 14.17% of the population.

Des Moines Language

Des Moines Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White15,8691,5419.71%
Multiple3,40673221.49%
Black3,02971123.47%
Hispanic5,9365449.16%
Other3,8883428.8%
Asian3,8963148.06%
Islander776293.74%
Native145106.9%

11.81%

Overall Poverty Rate

11.67%

Male Poverty Rate

11.94%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Des Moines

The race most likely to be in poverty in Des Moines is Black, with 23.47% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Des Moines is Islander, with 3.74% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.62%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.01%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 18.04%.

Des Moines Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade15.78%
High School13.42%
Some College10.21%
Bachelors or Greater2.49%

Des Moines Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed37.67%
Male Unemployed26.41%
Female Employed6.7%
Male Employed6.26%

Des Moines Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Des Moines Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Households$81,362$106,820
Families$94,972$120,144
Married Families$119,840$-999,999,999
Non Families$56,840$77,429

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Des Moines Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

42.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

45.2%

Male Marriage Rate

40.1%

Female Marriage Rate

Des Moines Married by Age and Sex

male

female

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 45-54.

Des Moines Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Des Moines Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

1,623

Number of Veterans

1,504

Male Veterans

119

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Vietnam502
Second Gulf War422
First Gulf War357
Korea276
World War II43

Des Moines Veterans by War

count

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Age Group
Veterans
75+518
35 to 54395
65 to 74367
55 to 64264
18 to 3479

Des Moines Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White1,2388.45%
2+ Races1495.91%
Black1406.59%
Hispanic962.48%
Other Race471.87%
Asian451.36%
Islander40.76%

Des Moines Veterans by Race

Des Moines Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

6.12%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.73%

Veteran Disability Rate

Des Moines Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

63.3%

Labor Force Participation

58.1%

Employment Rate

8.2%

Unemployment Rate

Des Moines Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Des Moines Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Des Moines Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

45.84%

Born in Des Moines

74.16%

Native Born

25.84%

Foreign Born

14.64%

Non Citizen

11.2%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

74.16% of Des Moines residents were born in the United States, with 45.84% having been born in Washington. 14.64% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Des Moines Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202930,791-231-0.74%
202831,022-231-0.74%
202731,253-231-0.73%
202631,484-231-0.73%
202531,715-231-0.72%
202431,946-231-0.72%
202332,177-231-0.71%
202232,408-400-1.22%
202132,808-62-0.19%
202032,8705291.64%
201932,341460.14%
201832,2958002.54%
201731,495800.25%
201631,415710.23%
201531,3442550.82%
201431,0893561.16%
201330,7332150.7%
201230,5183911.3%
201130,1273521.18%
201029,7755081.74%
200029,26711,98469.34%
199017,2839,905134.25%
19807,3783,50790.6%
19703,8711,87193.55%
19602,0001,000100%
19401,00000%
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Des Moines Population by Year