Moses Lake, WA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Moses Lake, Washington - Basic Facts

The City of Moses Lake had a population of 21,928 as of July 1, 2016. Moses Lake ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Washington. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Moses Lake is located at latitude 47.1268 and longitude -119.2762 in Grant County. The formal boundaries for the City of Moses Lake (see map below) encompass a land area of 17.84 sq. miles and a water area of 3 sq. miles. Grant County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 1,070 feet.

The City of Moses Lake (GNIS ID: 2411173) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Washington is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Moses Lake is located within Moses Lake Division of Grant County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Moses Lake population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Moses Lake: Neppel.

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Moses Lake, WA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 21,928
Population in Households 21,757
Population in Familes 17,475
Population in Group Qrtrs 171
Population Density1 1,229
Diversity Index2 69


Total Households 8,154
Average Household Size 2.67
Family Households 5,371
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 9,078 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,691 (51.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,463 (38.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 924 (10.2%)
Median Home Value $158,387
Average Home Value $187,487


Median Household Income $49,481
Average Household Income $61,653
Per Capita Income $23,198
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.19% 0.81%
Households 1.13% 0.77%
Families 1.17% 0.71%
Median Household Income   1.93%
Per Capita Income   1.93%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Moses Lake, WA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Moses Lake to the other 627 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Washington by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 52 92nd
Population Density1 # 243 61st
Diversity Index2 # 72 89th
Median Household Income # 389 38th
Per Capita Income # 453 28th

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