City Demographics

The City of West Des Moines' population is 65,608 according to the US Census 2017 population estimate.

The FactBook contains a wide variety of information and data regarding the City of West Des Moines. The City's Community and Economic Development Department updates the FactBook on a regular basis and attempts to provide interesting and useful information for citizens as well as others interested in West Des Moines. The purpose of the FactBook is to provide the reader with demographic information about the City. Included below are various topics:
 - Population and selected comparisons, housing information, and crime statistics.
SECTION 2 - CONSTRUCTION - Residential and commercial construction activity and valuations.
SECTION 3 - EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND INCOME - Enrollment and selected comparisons, employment and selected comparisons.
SECTION 4 - TAXES - Property tax, property valuation, sales tax and selected comparisons.
SECTION 5 - GROWTH PROJECTIONS - Population, housing, and employment projections by Traffic Analysis Zones

 At the beginning of each month, several pages within Sections 1 and 2 are updated, while the rest of the document is updated as needed.

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Development Retrospectives 

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2017-2018 Development Retrospective 

2016-2017 Development Retrospective 

2015-2016 Development Retrospective




Other Demographic Information

Here you’ll find several demographic measurements presenting a snapshot of West Des Moines.

Iowa Workforce Development tracks monthly unemployment in Polk, Dallas, Madison and Warren counties.

The City of West Des Moines completed a Laborshed Study in 2016 in conjunction with the cities of Clive and Waukee, MidAmerican Energy, Greater Dallas County Development Alliance, Greater Des Moines Partnership and Des Moines Area Community College. The study generated an Executive Summary report and a comprehensive wage report which details commuting patterns, labor availability, wage rates, and education levels. Read the Regional Laborshed report for more information. For the Full Laborshed Report contact Clyde Evans.

Occupational Employment and Wage Rates for the Des Moines metropolitan statistical area from May 2017 categorized by industry.

Building Permits Pulled this Month A report of all permits processed by the West Des Moines Building Inspection Division this month.

Retail Data The 2017 Retail Trade Analysis Report by Iowa State demonstrates the healthy retail climate in West Des Moines.

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