Each bar shows the percentage of households with annual income in a certain range.
Percentage of renters
Percentage of owners
Median 2 bedroom rent
Median home value
Who is struggling to pay for housing?
*among households earning under $50,000/year.
In West Des Moines, 8,927 households have annual income under $50,000. Among these households, 27% of households are cost burdened and 30% are severely cost burdened.
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.
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:
About the data
Most community data is drawn from the 2014-2019 American Communities 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. Zip code housing incomes are drawn from the National Low Income Housing Coalition report Out of Reach.