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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 70,741 people and 16 associated 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.

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 14.26% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

One thing that you will notice about West Des Moines is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider West Des Moines a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

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 53.80% 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 2022 was $53,803, which is wealthy relative to Iowa and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $215,212 for a family of four. However, West Des Moines contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

West Des Moines is a very 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.