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Population (year 2000): 46,403. Estimated population in July 2005: 52,768 (+13.7% change)
Males: 22,239 (47.9%), Females: 24,164 (52.1%)

Polk County

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Median resident age: 33.0 years
Median household income: $54,139 (year 2000)
Median house value: $140,600 (year 2000)

West Des Moines, IA residents, houses, and apartments details

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Races in West Des Moines:

  • White Non-Hispanic (91.1%)
  • Hispanic (3.0%)
  • Black (1.9%)
  • Two or more races (1.3%)
  • Other race (1.3%)
  • Asian Indian (0.9%)
  • Chinese (0.5%)

Ancestries: German (33.1%), Irish (15.4%), English (11.6%), Norwegian (5.7%), United States (5.5%), Dutch (4.9%).

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Elevation: 820 feet

Land area: 26.8 square miles

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For population 25 years and over in West Des Moines

  • High school or higher: 96.3%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 48.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 14.1%
  • Unemployed: 1.7%
  • Mean travel time to work: 18.0 minutes

For population 15 years and over in West Des Moines city

  • Never married: 27.3%
  • Now married: 57.4%
  • Separated: 1.0%
  • Widowed: 3.9%
  • Divorced: 10.3%

5.4% Foreign born (2.3% Asia, 1.4% Europe, 1.0% Latin America).

Population change in the 1990s: +14,087 (+43.6%).




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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Moines, IA Des (9.0 miles pop. 198,682).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: NE Omaha, (157.0 miles pop. 390,007).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: IL Chicago, (417.5 miles pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: IA Clive, (3.2 miles Heights, IA (3.4 miles Windsor IA (4.4 miles Urbandale, Cumming, IA (6.1 miles) , IA Johnston, (7.4 miles IA (7.9 miles Grimes, IA Norwalk, (8.0 miles IA Waukee, (8.3 miles


Single-family new house construction building permits:
  • 1996: 371 buildings, average cost: $157,100
  • 1997: 332 buildings, average cost: $167,600
  • 1998: 577 buildings, average cost: $151,200
  • 1999: 552 buildings, average cost: $146,700
  • 2000: 301 buildings, average cost: $183,400
  • 2001: 256 buildings, average cost: $186,000
  • 2002: 318 buildings, average cost: $174,000
  • 2003: 215 buildings, average cost: $209,800
  • 2004: 394 buildings, average cost: $153,600
  • 2005: 275 buildings, average cost: $171,700

Latitude: 41.57 N, Longitude: 93.75 W


West Des Moines, Iowa business data: stores, dealers, real estate agents, wholesalers, restaurants...

Industries providing employment: Finance,insurance,real estate,and rental and leasing (21.7%), Educational,health and social services (17.6%), Professional,scientific,management,administrative,and waste management services (12.3%), Retail trade (11.7%).

Daytime population change due to commuting: +7,191 (+15.5%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 9,178 (33.9%)


 

Crime in West Des Moines by Year

Type 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
Murders 2 0 0 1 1
    per 100,000 4.3 0.0 0.0 2.2 2.2
Rapes 4 5 6 4 9
    per 100,000 8.6 10.8 12.9 8.6 19.4
Robberies 9 15 23 15 10
    per 100,000 19.4 32.3 49.6 32.3 21.6
Assaults 48 46 48 28 50
    per 100,000 103.4 99.1 103.4 60.3 107.8
Burglaries 253 229 189 217 310
    per 100,000 545.2 493.5 407.3 467.6 668.1
Thefts 1,187 1,405 1,458 1,469 1,409
    per 100,000 2558.0 3027.8 3142.0 3165.7 3036.4
Auto thefts 58 60 91 76 73
    per 100,000 125.0 129.3 196.1 163.8 157.3
184.8 199.8 210.6 199.8 218.7


Average climate in West Des Moines, Iowa

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

West Des Moines-area historical tornado activity is near Iowa state average. It is 119% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/13/1976, a category 5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 26.0 miles away from the West Des Moines city center injured 9 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 6/18/1974, a category 4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 14.0 miles away from the city center killed 2 people and injured 50 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.


Birthplace of: Jared Clauss - 2005 NFL player (Tennessee Titans, born: Apr 7, 1981).


Main business address for: WEST BANCORPORATION INC (STATE COMMERCIAL BANKS), PACE HEALTH MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS INC (SERVICES-PREPACKAGED SOFTWARE), FBL FINANCIAL GROUP INC (LIFE INSURANCE), FCStone Group, Inc. ([6221]).


Hospitals/medical centers near West Des Moines:
  • BROADLAWNS MEDICAL CENTER (about 9 miles; DES MOINES, IA)
  • MERCY MEDICAL CENTER/MERCY CAPITOL (about 9 miles; DES MOINES, IA)
  • IOWA METHODIST MEDICAL CENTER (about 10 miles; DES MOINES, IA)

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to West Des Moines:
  • DES MOINES INTL (about 8 miles; DES MOINES, IA; ID: DSM)
  • FORT DODGE REGIONAL (about 74 miles; FORT DODGE, IA; ID: FOD)
  • OTTUMWA INDUSTRIAL (about 97 miles; OTTUMWA, IA; ID: OTM)
Other public-use airports nearest to West Des Moines:
  • MORNINGSTAR FIELD (about 10 miles; DES MOINES, IA; ID: Y76)
  • ANKENY REGIONAL (about 16 miles; ANKENY, IA; ID: IKV)
  • WINTERSET-MADISON COUNTY (about 24 miles; WINTERSET, IA; ID: 3Y3)

Local government website:

Local government employment and payroll (March 2004)

Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 12 $60,777 $60,777 5 $4,643
Sewerage 6 $20,763 $41,526 0 $0
Parks and Recreation 19 $79,272 $50,066 27 $13,751
Other and Unallocable 21 $81,876 $46,786 1 $1,833
Other Government Administration 8 $45,500 $68,250 7 $4,736
Judicial and Legal 3 $16,875 $67,500 0 $0
Police Protection - Officers 62 $281,993 $54,579 0 $0
Police - Other 28 $102,783 $44,049 21 $18,288
Firefighters 35 $149,770 $51,349 49 $10,964
Fire - Other 1 $3,879 $46,548 0 $0
Streets and Highways 48 $212,168 $53,042 1 $759
Local Libraries 15 $64,999 $51,999 28 $26,280
Welfare 9 $36,662 $48,882 8 $8,136
Water Supply 35 $139,256 $47,744 0 $0
Housing and Community Development(Local) 11 $52,476 $57,246 1 $697
Health 15 $66,730 $53,384 25 $18,890
Solid Waste Management 3 $10,609 $42,436 0 $0
Totals for Government 331 $1,426,387 $51,711 173 $108,978


College/University in West Des Moines:
  • IOWA REAL ESTATE SCHOOL (Location: 3501 W TOWN PKY; Private, for-profit)
Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to West Des Moines:
  • DRAKE UNIVERSITY (about 6 miles; DES MOINES, IA; Full-time enrollment: 4,227)
  • DES MOINES COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 15 miles; ANKENY, IA; FT enrollment: 6,959)
  • IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY (about 38 miles; AMES, IA; FT enrollment: 24,473)
  • GRACELAND UNIVERSITY-LAMONI (about 67 miles; LAMONI, IA; FT enrollment: 2,026)
  • IOWA CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 71 miles; FT DODGE, IA; FT enrollment: 2,807)
  • INDIAN HILLS COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 100 miles; OTTUMWA, IA; FT enrollment: 2,744)
  • HAWKEYE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 115 miles; WATERLOO, IA; FT enrollment: 3,292)
Public high schools in West Des Moines:
  • VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,798; Location: 1140 35TH ST; Grades: 10 - 12)
  • WALNUT CREEK CAMPUS (Students: 187; Location: 815 8TH STREET; Grades: 09 - 12)
Biggest public primary/middle schools in West Des Moines:
  • JORDAN CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 763; Location: 4105 FULLER RD; Grades: PK - 06)
  • STILWELL JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 753; Location: 1601 VINE ST; Grades: 07 - 08)
  • WESTRIDGE ELEMENTARY (Students: 740; Location: 5500 E P TRUE PARKWAY; Grades: KG - 06)
  • VALLEY SOUTHWOODS (Students: 691; Location: 625 S 35TH ST; Grades: 09 - 09)
  • BROOKVIEW ELEMENTARY (Students: 584; Location: 8000 E.P. TRUE PARKWAY; Grades: KG - 05)
  • CROSSROADS PARK GRADE SCHOOL (Students: 520; Location: 1050 50TH ST; Grades: KG - 06)
  • FAIR MEADOWS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 487; Location: 807 23RD ST; Grades: KG - 06)
  • WESTERN HILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 404; Location: 600 39TH ST; Grades: KG - 06)
  • REX MATHES SCHOOL (Students: 311; Location: 1401 VINE ST; Grades: KG - 06)
  • CLEGG PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 259; Location: 1020 8TH ST; Grades: KG - 06)
Library in West Des Moines:
  • WEST DES MOINES PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $1,493,902; Location: 4000 GEORGE M. MILLS CIVIC PKWY.; 127,551 books; 7,445 audio materials; 5,467 video materials; 318 serial subscriptions)

Notable locations in West Des Moines: Ponderosa Public Golf Course (A), Des Moines Golf and Country Club (B), Glen Oaks Country Club (C), Commerce (D), Willow Creek Golf Course (E), Jordan House (F), West Des Moines Police Department (G), West Des Moines Library (H), West Des Moines Fire Department (I), West Des Moines City Hall (J).

Shopping Centers: Valley West Mall (1), Westown Shopping Center (2).

Churches in West Des Moines include: Seventh Day Adventist Church (A), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (B), Saint Timothy's Episcopal Church (C), Ashworth Road Baptist Church (D), Baptist Mission (E), Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church (F), Saint Mark Lutheran Church (G), Saint Francis of Assisi Church (H).

Cemeteries: Jordan Cemetery (1), Resthaven Cemetery (2).

Creek: Jordan Creek (A).

Parks in West Des Moines include: Nineteenth Street Park (1), Knolls Park (2), Fairmeadows Park (3), Kiwanis Park (4), Meadow View Park (5), Ashawa Park (6), Southwood Park (7), Legion Park (8), Florer Park (9).


West Des Moines compared to Iowa state average:
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Median age below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.

Strongest AM radio stations in West Des Moines:
  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KRNT (1350 AM; 5 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KBGG (1700 AM; 10 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KPSZ (940 AM; 10 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KXNO (1460 AM; 5 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KWKY (1150 AM; 1 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: PUTBRESE COMMUNICATIONS, LTD.)
  • WOI (640 AM; 5 kW; AMES, IA; Owner: IOWA STATE UNIV., OF SCIENCE & TECH.)
  • KFGQ (1260 AM; 5 kW; BOONE, IA; Owner: BOONE BIBLICAL MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WHB (810 AM; 50 kW; KANSAS CITY, MO; Owner: UNION BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KXLQ (1490 AM; 1 kW; INDIANOLA, IA; Owner: WARREN BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KFAB (1110 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)

Strongest FM radio stations in West Des Moines:
  • KWDM (88.7 FM; WEST DES MOINES, IA; Owner: W. DES MOINES COMM. SCHOOL DISTRICT)
  • KJJY (92.5 FM; WEST DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KIOA (93.3 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KHKI (97.3 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KMXD (100.3 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WOI-FM (90.1 FM; AMES, IA; Owner: IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY OF SCI & TECH)
  • KSTZ (102.5 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • K269EJ (101.7 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA)
  • KGGO (94.9 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KJMC (89.3 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: MINORITY COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KAZR (103.3 FM; PELLA, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KLTI-FM (104.1 FM; AMES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KRKQ (98.3 FM; BOONE, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KDFR (91.3 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)
  • KVJZ (106.3 FM; ANKENY, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KKDM (107.5 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KZZQ (99.5 FM; WINTERSET, IA; Owner: POSITIVE IMPACT MEDIA, INC.)
  • KLRX (96.1 FM; MADRID, IA; Owner: THOMAS H. BURKE, RECEIVER FOR LIFESTYLE COMMUNICATIONS CORP.)
  • KDPS (88.1 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: DES MOINES INDEP. COM.SCHOOL DIST.)

TV broadcast stations around West Des Moines:
  • WBXF-CA (Channel 4; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: THE BOX WORLDWIDE LLC)
  • WOI-TV (Channel 5; AMES, IA; Owner: CAPITAL COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY, INC.)
  • KDIN-TV (Channel 11; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • KPWB-TV (Channel 23; AMES, IA; Owner: PAPPAS TELECASTING OF IOWA, L.L.C.)
  • KDSM-TV (Channel 17; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: KDSM LICENSEE, LLC)
  • K41DD (Channel 41; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: VENTANA TELEVISION, INC.)
  • KCCI (Channel 8; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: DES MOINES HEARST-ARGYLE TV, INC.)
  • WHO-TV (Channel 13; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: NEW YORK TIMES MANAGEMENT SERVICES)
  • KRPG-LP (Channel 43; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: TIGER EYE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • K29EA (Channel 29; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: TV-45, INC.)
  • K46EY (Channel 46; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: TV-45, INC.)
  • K56GD (Channel 56; AMES, IA; Owner: TV-45, INC.)
  • K48FZ (Channel 48; AMES, IA; Owner: TV-52, INC.)

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