Des Moines, WA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Des Moines, Washington - Basic Facts

The City of Des Moines had a population of 32,434 as of July 1, 2017. Des Moines ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and 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 Des Moines is located at latitude 47.3911 and longitude -122.3155 in King County. The formal boundaries for the City of Des Moines (see map below) encompass a land area of 6.49 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. King County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 89 feet.

The City of Des Moines (GNIS ID: 2410327) 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 Des Moines is located within Seattle Division of King County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Des Moines population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Des Moines, WA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 32,434
Daytime Population: Workers 8,092
Daytime Population: Residents 16,883
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 24,975
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.77
Population in Households 31,824
Population in Familes 24,511
Population in Group Qrtrs 610
Population Density2 4,994
Diversity Index3 73


Median Household Income $64,711
Average Household Income $84,083
Per Capita Income $33,093


Total Housing Units 13,381 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,513 (56.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,062 (37.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 807 ( 6.0%)
Median Home Value $305,226
Average Home Value $362,741


Total Households 12,574
Average Household Size 2.53
Family Households 7,848
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.23% 1.21%
Households 1.04% 1.1%
Families 1.1% 1.12%
Median Household Income   3.06%
Per Capita Income   2.43%

Des Moines, WA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Des Moines to the other 627 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Washington by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 40 94th
Population Density # 13 98th
Diversity Index # 51 92nd
Median Household Income # 224 64th
Per Capita Income # 210 67th

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