A mid-sized city located in Iowa, Des Moines has approximately 215,000 residents. The city's population, with an average age of just under 36, is decidedly younger than most cities in Iowa. Most residents own their homes in Des Moines, and 40% of residents rent. The average rent of $844 per month is roughly the same as the state average.
Des Moines has an average commute time of about 20 minutes, outperforming nearly 70% of cities in the state. Many residents (46%) commute to work by car, while public transportation isn't widely used. Walking isn't a common way to get to work.
Among Des Moines residents over the age of 25, 11% possess a Bachelor's degree and 4% have earned a Master's or Doctoral degree. Des Moines residents have a plethora of industries from which to choose. The five most common are retail, healthcare, finance, entertainment, and manufacturing. Together, these industries make up 31% of the workforce in the city. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, many workers in these industries are in sales, as 9% of the city's population reports this as their field of work, the highest number of any field. Des Moines workers bring in an average annual income of about $61,000, about $6,000 less than their peers elsewhere in the state. The city's average income also trails the national average of $73,345.