West Des Moines, IA
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Living in West Des Moines


West Des Moines is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Iowa. With a population of 68,723 people and 16 constituent neighborhoods, West Des Moines is the sixth largest community in Iowa.

West Des Moines real estate is some of the most expensive in Iowa, although West Des Moines house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

West Des Moines is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.00% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, West Des Moines is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in West Des Moines who work in management occupations (12.39%), business and financial occupations (11.89%), and office and administrative support (10.65%).

Also of interest is that West Des Moines has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.28% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Another interesting thing about West Des Moines, despite not being a huge city, is that there is a relatively high proportion of people living here who are young, single, and upwardly-mobile professionals. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 19.15 minutes getting to work every day.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to West Des Moines, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. West Des Moines is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 53.97% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in West Des Moines in 2018 was $45,768, which is wealthy relative to Iowa and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $183,072 for a family of four. However, West Des Moines contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

West Des Moines is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call West Des Moines home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of West Des Moines residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in West Des Moines include German, Irish, English, Norwegian, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in West Des Moines is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Langs. of India.