West Des Moines, Iowa

Current Temperature ° Population 58,185

Homefacts City Report

West Des Moines is located in Polk County, IA. The population is 58,185, making West Des Moines the 2nd largest city in Polk County and the 9th largest city in the state of Iowa.

There are 13 public schools in West Des Moines with an average Homefacts rating of B+. The total crime rate for West Des Moines is very low, and there are 27 registered sex offenders residing in the city. Unemployment in West Des Moines is low and the median home sales price is $209,000.

Cities near West Des Moines include Walnut Township, Boone Township and Windsor Heights.

Schools

School Rating is Very good
  • No High School Diploma: 4.1%
  • High School Graduate or Higher: 43.4%
  • Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 52.4%

Crime Rate

17.15% Lower than national avg.
  • Auto theft: 92
  • Violent Crimes: 198
  • Robbery: 25
  • Burglary: 262
  • Property Crime: 2
  • Larceny Theft: 1

Registered Offenders

69.58% Lower than national avg.
  • 27 offenders in West Des Moines
  • 4.64 offenders/10,000 residents

Real Estate

Median List Price $192,700
  • Median Sales Price: $209,000
  • Foreclosures: 57
  • Homes For Sale: 76
  • Homes For Rent: 0

Environmental Hazards

12 Found nearby
  • Brownfields: 0
  • Registered Polluters: 5
  • Superfunds: 7
  • Tanks & Spills: 0

Unemployment

Low 2.6%
  • Iowa unemployment average: 3.4%
  • National unemployment average: 4.6%

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13 Public Schools view public schools

Summary
There are 13 K-12 public schools in West Des Moines, IA and 8 private schools. Homefacts rates West Des Moines's schools as Very good, with an overall B+ rating.

1 Colleges & Universities view all colleges & universities

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Crime view details

27 Registered Offenders search the registered offender database

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*100 is national avg. Greater than 100 means higher crime, lower means less crime.
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Real Estate Overview

Average Listing Price
$192,700 compared to September 2015
Median Sales Price
$209,000 compared to September 2015

Median Home Value

Housing Inventory

Property Type
  • Vacant
    6.1%
  • Rented
    37.3%
  • Owned
    56.6%

76 Homes For Sale View All

$194,500
5316 Brookview Drive
West Des Moines, IA 50266
3 Beds | 2 Baths
$171,000
2000 Locust Street
West Des Moines, IA 50265
3 Beds | 1 Baths
$140,000
229 Hillside Avenue
West Des Moines, IA 50265
5 Beds | 2 Baths
$163,900
1400 S 52nd Street
West Des Moines, IA 50265
2 Beds | 3 Baths

57 Foreclosures View All

median foreclosure price
$92,621  
$121,697
18th
West Des Moines, IA 50265
3 Beds | 2 Baths
$112,871
Vista
West Des Moines, IA 50266
2 Beds | 2 Baths
$176,862
18th
West Des Moines, IA 50265
3 Beds | 2 Baths
$326,420
50th
West Des Moines, IA 50265
3 Beds | 3 Baths

Foreclosure Status Distribution

Number Of Properties Per Bedroom (Distressed)

319 Building Permits View All

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  • In 2014, the city of West Des Moines, IA issued 319 building permits. All permits issued were for Single Family Homes. Of those 319 permits, 241 were issued for single family homes and 78 were issued for multi-family homes.
  • In 2013, the city of West Des Moines, IA issued 1,035 building permits. All permits issued were for Single Family Homes. Of those 1,035 permits, 495 were issued for single family homes and 540 were issued for multi-family homes.
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Building Permits By Year

Fair Market Rents

**Displaying data from West Des Moines, IA
  • Property Type Rent
  • Studio: $615
  • 1 Bedroom: $725
  • 2 Bedrooms: $892
  • 3 Bedrooms: $1,211
  • 4 Bedrooms: $1,316

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Environmental Hazards

12 Environmental Hazards

  • Brownfields
    in West Des Moines, IA
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  • Registered Polluters
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  • Superfunds
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  • Tanks & Spills
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Health Hazards

  • Air Quality HEALTHY (630/651)
    West Des Moines, IA has 96.77% good air quality.
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  • Radon ZONE 1 COUNTY
    West Des Moines, IA is a red zone.
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  • UV Index MODERATE 4.95 Average
    West Des Moines, IA is a moderate risk area for ultra-violet rays.
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Weather

Average Monthly Temperature

  • January 21.55°
  • February 25.88°
  • March 41.22°
  • April 52.37°
  • May 64.27°
  • June 70.48°
  • July 78.02°
  • August 74.7°
  • September 66.1°
  • October 52.75°
  • November 42°
  • December 25.73°

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Natural Disasters

Probability of Natural Disasters for West Des Moines, IA

Earthquakes
West Des Moines, IA has a very low risk of earthquakes.
Hurricanes
West Des Moines, IA has no risk of hurricanes.
Hail
West Des Moines, IA has a very high risk of hail storms.
Tornadoes
West Des Moines, IA has a very high risk of tornadoes.

Demographics view details

Median Household Income

Median Household Income in West Des Moines, IA: $70,882

Median Cost Of Living

Cost of Living index National Average is 100. Values under are lower cost and values over are higher cost.

Unemployment

Unemployment in West Des Moines is 2.6%. It is lower than the state and national averages, 3.4% and 6.0% respectively

Workforce Breakdown

Blue Collar - 24.53%
White Collar - 75.47%

Politics

State Representatives

  • Gov. Terry E. Branstad
  • Sen. Joni Ernst
  • Sen. Chuck Grassley

City Representatives

  • David Young

Neighborhood Info

0 Airports view all

Nearest Major Airports

2 Cemeteries view all

6 FCC Towers view all

0 Hospitals view all

  • No hospitals found in West Des Moines, IA

1 Library view all

2 Police Stations view all

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