De Soto, Iowa

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High Points

De Soto strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Iowa):

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Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% De Soto Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% De Soto People in Middle Class or Better

Comparative Profile of De Soto, Iowa

Comparing De Soto to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Iowa (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 10
Male Share of the Population 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 5 2
Racial Diversity 3 5
Age of the Population 2 2
Female Share of the Population 2 1
Senior Citizens 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 10
Average Household Size 9 10


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 9 9
Median Family Income 8 9
College Educated Adults 6 5

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 9 10
Walking and Biking to Work 7 6
Public Transportation Use 7 8
Short Commute Times 4 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 9 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 2
Affordability of Rents 3 1
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 3
People Living Alone 1 1
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 1

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De Soto Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 21 miles W of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 101 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska
County Dallas
Metro Area Des Moines
Standard Zip Codes 50069
Phone Area Codes 515
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.531
Longitude -94.009

De Soto Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 11.5 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 29 F
Apr Temp 37 to 61 F
Jul Temp 64 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 64 F
Annual Precip 34.3 inches
Distance 27.9 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 30 F
Apr Temp 39 to 63 F
Jul Temp 64 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 34.9 inches
Station BOONE
Distance 36.4 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 28 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 39 to 64 F
Annual Precip 36.3 inches
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De Soto Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 1,009 100%
Male 512 50.7%
Female 497 49.3%
Under 18 291 28.8%
18+ 718 71.2%
65+ 70 6.9%
Median Age 33.6
Average Family Size 3.09
White 1,001 99.2%
African-American 0 0%
Asian 2 0.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 1 0.1%
Other 1 0.1%
Mixed Race 4 0.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 7 0.7%

Estimated De Soto Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 1,164
Growth 155
Growth % 15.4%

De Soto Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 23%
English 18.2%
Irish 13.2%
US/American 10.4%
Swedish 5.9%
Norwegian 4.5%
Dutch 3.2%
Czech 2.7%
French (except Basque) 2.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 2.6%
Scotch-Irish 2.1%
Scottish 2%
Polish 2%
Italian 1.4%
Northern European 1.2%
Croatian 1.1%
Belgian 1.1%
Swiss 1.1%
African 0.6%
Welsh 0.6%
French Canadian 0.3%
British 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Danish 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
De Soto 1,009 $51,397
Adel 3,435 $47,065
Dexter 689 $44,861
Earlham 1,298 $54,519
Redfield 833 $43,056
Van Meter 866 $59,000
Waukee 5,126 $64,362

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