Thinking about moving to Des Moines?
You’ll be in good company. Between 2010 and 2016, more than 12,039 people have moved to Des Moines, an increase of 5.9%. New residents are attracted to Des Moines’s scenic views, affordability, and foodie culture.
Des Moines is home to 215,472 Des Moinesers. With an area of 80.9 square miles, Des Moines has a population density of 2,663 persons per square mile, which makes it less dense than many other cities of comparable size.
The Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA Metropolitan Statistical Area boasts a population of 634,725 people, of which Des Moines proper’s population makes up 34%.
Affordable housing is one of best things Des Moines has going for it. The median home value in Des Moines is $119,400, -40% below the US median value, according to Zillow. The median price per square foot in Des Moines is $109. Over the past 5 years, home values in Des Moines have increased by 3%.
Renters in Des Moines will also have an easy time finding affordable housing. The median rent in Des Moines is $1,111 per month, which is 22% lower than the US median. Over the past year, rental rates in Des Moines have decreased by 3.2%.
Des Moines’s economy is on fire. The Des Moines metro area’s GDP grew by 32% between 2011 and 2016, from $37.9 billion in 2011 to $50.2 billion in 2016, a total increase of $12.3 billion. The metro area has a per capita GDP of $79,162. According to the US Census Bureau, the median household income in Des Moines is $61,844, 5% higher than the national median. Des Moines’s unemployment rate is 3%.