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West Des Moines

This map uses census data to show where people work in West 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.

Information summary

This chart shows that in West Des Moines, 31% of households have annual income under $50,000; 18% have incomes from $50,000 to $74,999; 14% have incomes from $75,000 to $99,999; and 37% have incomes over $100,000 per year.

Each bar shows the percentage of households with annual income in a certain range.

Percentage of renters

39%

Percentage of owners

61%

Median 2 bedroom rent

$1,017

Median home value

$218,500

Affordability

Who is struggling to pay for housing?

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*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:

Zip Code
Housing Wage
50061
$21.15
50263
$21.54
50265
$18.65
50266
$20.77
50263
50061

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.

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