Des Moines, Washington Population 2020

32,532

Des Moines is a city located in Washington. With a 2020 population of 32,532, it is the 39th largest city in Washington and the 1201st largest city in the United States. Des Moines is currently growing at a rate of 0.26% annually and its population has increased by 9.64% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 29,673 in 2010. Spanning over 7 miles, Des Moines has a population density of 5,074 people per square mile.

The average household income in Des Moines is $86,309 with a poverty rate of 11.75%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,282 per month, and the median house value is $329,500. The median age in Des Moines is 39.7 years, 37.7 years for males, and 42.1 years for females. For every 100 females there are 94.8 males.

Des Moines Demographics

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

  • White: 57.06%
  • Other race: 12.97%
  • Asian: 11.91%
  • Two or more races: 7.67%
  • Black or African American: 6.88%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 3.23%
  • Native American: 0.29%
The current population of Des Moines, Washington is 32,532, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 32,364.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 29,673.

Des Moines, Washington Population 2020

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White17,98357.06%
Some Other Race4,08712.97%
Asian3,75411.91%
Two or More Races2,4177.67%
Black or African American2,1696.88%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1,0173.23%
American Indian and Alaska Native910.29%

Des Moines Population Pyramid 2020

Des Moines Median Age

39.7


Total

37.7


Male

42.1


Female

Des Moines Adults

There are 24,740 adults, (5,429 of whom are seniors) in Des Moines.

Des Moines Age Dependency

63.2

Age Dependency Ratio

28.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

35.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Des Moines Sex Ratio

Female

16,180

51.34%

Male

15,338

48.66%

Des Moines Households and Families

Des Moines Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Des Moines Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married70.8%29.2%
All58%42%
Non Family54.5%45.5%
Male34.7%65.3%
Female33.7%66.3%

58.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All11,7782.6258
Married5,3383.3570.8
Non Family4,1831.2754.5
Female1,3783.333.7
Male8793.5934.7

3.22

Average Family Size

2.62

Average Household Size

6.2%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Des Moines Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,6217.20%
9th to 12th Grade1,4776.56%
High School Graduate5,87426.07%
Some College5,62124.95%
Associates Degree2,2029.77%
Bachelors Degree3,90017.31%
Graduate Degree1,8338.14%

Des Moines Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White13,58512,8854,062
Hispanic3,2191,734307
Asian2,8412,315873
Other Race2,23898193
Black1,2801,142165
Multiple Races964866300
Islander60543446
Native American91756

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 94.85%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among multiple races people with a rate of 31.12%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$38,892$44,864$33,276
Less Than High School$27,013$36,404$20,379
High School Grad$32,156$40,108$27,548
Some College$40,413$45,761$36,440
Bachelors Degree$54,659$63,450$49,129
Graduate Degree$63,694$65,341$63,611

$38,892

Average Earnings

$44,864

Average Male

$33,276

Average Female

Des Moines Language

Des Moines Language by Age

Des Moines Language

69.84% of Des Moines residents speak only English, while 30.16% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 15.49% of the population.

Des Moines Poverty

Des Moines Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Asian3,7361,03227.62%
White15,9119946.25%
Hispanic6,13969311.29%
Black2,13963929.87%
Other4,08650112.26%
Multiple2,40330512.69%
Islander1,017434.23%
Native911415.38%

11.75%

Overall Poverty Rate

11.76%

Male Poverty Rate

11.74%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Des Moines

The race most likely to be in poverty in Des Moines is Black, with 29.87% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Des Moines is Islander, with 4.23% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.57%. Among those working part-time, it was 22.12%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 14.90%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School21.03%
Some College9.56%
High School9.08%
Bachelors or Greater3.28%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed27.62%
Female Employed8.17%
Male Employed7.57%
Male Unemployed6.72%

Des Moines Income

Des Moines Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$63,875$86,309
Families$74,164$95,985
Married Families$93,500-
Non Families$48,729$62,326

Des Moines Marital Status

Des Moines Marital Status

Marriage Rates

48.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

49.9%

Male Marriage Rate

46.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Des Moines Married by Age and Sex

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

Des Moines Veterans

1,762

Number of Veterans

1,608

Male Veterans

154

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam683
Korea228
Second Gulf War208
First Gulf War131
World War II79
Name Veterans % of Total
White1,4449.34%
Black1339.54%
Hispanic762.04%
Asian601.90%
2 or More564.43%
Other361.38%
Hawaiian202.68%
Indian1314.29%

$Des Moines Veterans by Education

2.64%

Veteran Poverty Rate

22.98%

Veteran Disability Rate

Des Moines Employment Status

64%

Labor Force Participation

60.1%

Employment Rate

5.9%

Unemployment Rate

Des Moines Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

45.67%

Born in Washington

78.71%

Native Born

21.29%

Foreign Born

13.48%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

78.71% of Des Moines residents were born in the United States, with 45.67% having been born in Washington. 13.48% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202032,532840.26%
201932,448840.26%
201832,3649012.86%
201731,463840.27%
201631,379650.21%
201531,3142510.81%
201431,0633631.18%
201330,7002150.71%
201230,4853941.31%
201130,0913481.17%
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%