Des Moines

This map uses census data to show where people work in Des Moines who earn between $15,000 and $40,000/year. Large clusters of these jobs tend to be located where there are many retail, food service, and service industry jobs, such as shopping centers or office parks.

Where are the jobs?

This map shows the approximate location of jobs paying between $15,000 and $40,000 annually.

Affordability



Housing cost burden

Among households earning under $50,000 in Des Moines, an estimated 15122 households are paying more than they can afford for a home they rent, and 9057 households are paying more than they can afford for a home they own.

Cost burden refers to a household paying more than 30% of income on housing.

Severe cost burden refers to a household paying more than 50% of income on housing.

Housing cost burdens can break apart family budgets. High housing costs take up money otherwise needed for transportation, education, and other basic necessities.

Wages needed to afford housing

The National Low Income Housing Coalition releases an annual estimate of the hourly wage a person would need to earn to afford a typical two bedroom apartment. Here's local data:

Zip Code
Housing Wage
50320
$17.69
50321
$17.50
50309
$17.31
50310
$18.27
50311
$15.77
50312
$16.35
50313
$18.27
50314
$15.96
50315
$16.73
50316
$16.54
50317
$17.50

Wages paid by essential jobs

The National Housing Conference's Paycheck to Paycheck report highlights the wages commonly paid by important occupations in our region:

Childcare worker

$13.86/hour

Retail salesperson

$12.56/hour

Home health/personal care aide

$13.86/hour

Restaurant cook

$14.39/hour

Income Profile



Number of households in poverty

33,759

That's 16% of the population.

Number of households earning under $50k/year

39,135

Median household income

$54,843

Housing Stock

Number of housing units 

93,052

Percentage that are occupied

92%

Median value, owner occupied home

$141,300

Median rent

$881

Percentage of all housing units that are...

Owner occupied

60%

Renter occupied

40%

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About the data

You are viewing Community Profiles v 2.0 last updated in November, 2022. 

 

Community data is drawn from the 2016-2020 American Community Survey with analysis by the Polk County Housing Trust Fund.  Job map data is from the US Census Bureau, Center for Economic Studies, LEHD via On the Map. Other data sources are noted where shown.

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