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Overview

Introduction to West Des Moines, Iowa

West Des Moines, Iowa, in Polk county, is located 5 miles W of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center) and is 117 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska. The people of the city are in the Des Moines metropolitan area.

West Des Moines History

West Des Moines was originally inhabited by the Sac and Fox Indians. In its early years, the city served as a trading and shipping junction. On October 9, 1893, it was incorporated as the city of Valley Junction. It was home to the switching facilities of Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad. It was renamed to West Des Moines on January 1, 1938. During the 1990s and 2000s, the city expanded into Dallas County. It also annexed land in Warren County in 2005.

West Des Moines and nearby Attractions

  • Historic Valley Junction
  • Blank Park Zoo
  • Historic Jordon House
  • Des Moines Art Center
  • Des Moines Botanical Center
  • Walnut Woods State Park

Things To Do In West Des Moines

West Des Moines is home to many parks and open spaces including the Nineteenth Street Park, Ashawa Park, Fairmeadows Park, Meadow View Park, and Florer Park. The Ponderosa Public Golf Course, Glen Oaks Country Club, and Des Moines Golf and Country Club are the ideal destinations for golf lovers. One can enjoy shopping at the Valley West Mall and Westown Shopping Center. The Des Moines Botanical Center and Blank Park Zoo are also close by.

West Des Moines Transportation

Des Moines International Airport is nearby.

West Des Moines Higher Education

Drake University, Iowa State University, and Des Moines Community College are some of the nearest universities and colleges.

Demographics

People

Total Population61,624
Male Share of the Population49.1%
Female Share of the Population50.9%
Senior Citizens11.9%
Employed Population 16+35,888
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married53%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher54.9%
Median Earnings25+$49,559
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$24,583
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,590

Wealth

Median Family Income$95,335
% Above Poverty Level93.2%
% Below Poverty Level6.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.9%
% Using Public Transportation1.3%

Housing

People Living Alone33.1%
Median Gross Rent$934
Median House Value$195,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)19.6%
Irish13.5%
English10.3%
Norwegian4.6%
Dutch3.4%
Swedish3.3%
Italian3%
Scottish2.3%
French Except Basque2.1%
Danishn1.6%
Polish1.6%
African1.5%
Czech1.3%
Welsh1%
Arab0.9%
Swiss0.6%
Russian0.5%
Iraqi0.5%
Croatian0.5%
Canadian0.4%
Austrian0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Greek0.2%
Kenyan0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Jamaican0.2%
Sudanese0.1%
Somali0.1%
Zimbabwean0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
German0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Liberian0.1%
Ghanaian0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
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West Des Moines Almanac

CategoryValue
County Polk County, Warren County
Standard Zip Codes50266, 50265, 50061
Company Zip Codes50398
Phone Area Codes515
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude41.57
Approximate Longitude-93.8

West Des Moines Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationDES MOINES AP
Distance3.8 miles
Jan Temp12 to 29 F
Apr Temp40 to 61 F
Jul Temp66 to 86 F
Oct Temp42 to 64 F
Annual Precip34.7 inches
StationWINTERSET 2 NNW
Distance22.2 miles
Jan Temp9 to 29 F
Apr Temp37 to 61 F
Jul Temp64 to 84 F
Oct Temp40 to 64 F
Annual Precip34.3 inches
StationKNOXVILLE
Distance35.1 miles
Jan Temp11 to 29 F
Apr Temp38 to 61 F
Jul Temp65 to 86 F
Oct Temp42 to 64 F
Annual Precip35 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Clive17,022$113,718
Cumming415$126,458
Des Moines212,859$58,564
Norwalk9,944$92,978
Urbandale41,578$98,456
Windsor Heights4,980$64,732

West Des Moines Public Libraries

West Des Moines Public Library
4000 GEORGE M. MILLS CIVIC PARKWAY
West Des Moines, Iowa
(515) 222-3400

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West Des Moines Hospitals

Mercy Medical Center West Lakes-er
1601 60th St
(515) 358-8000
Methodist West Hospital
1660 60th St
(515) 343-1000

West Des Moines Public Schools

Fairmeadows Elementary School
807 23rd St
ZIP: 50265
(515) 633-6500
Primary
Total Enrollment 559
Hillside Elementary School
713 8th St
ZIP: 50265
(515) 633-6200
Primary
Total Enrollment 597
Jordan Creek Elementary School
4105 Fuller Rd
ZIP: 50265
(515) 633-5200
Primary
Total Enrollment 794
Phenix Elementary Early Childhood Center
415 7th St
ZIP: 50265
(515) 633-6600
Stilwell Junior High School
1601 Vine St
ZIP: 50265
(515) 633-6000
Middle
Total Enrollment 710
Valley Southwoods
625 S 35th St
ZIP: 50265
(515) 633-4500
Other
Total Enrollment 734
Walnut Creek Campus
1020 8th Street
ZIP: 50265
(515) 633-6480
High
Total Enrollment 154
Western Hills Elementary School
600 39th St
ZIP: 50265
(515) 633-5900
Primary
Total Enrollment 621
Brookview Elementary
8000 E.p. True Parkway
ZIP: 50266
(515) 987-5166
Primary
Total Enrollment 550
Crossroads Park Elementary School
1050 50th St
ZIP: 50266
(515) 633-5600
Primary
Total Enrollment 545
Maple Grove Elementary
1455 98th St
ZIP: 50266
(515) 987-3363
Primary
Total Enrollment 660
Valley High School
3650 Woodland Ave
ZIP: 50266
(515) 633-4000
High
Total Enrollment 1996
Westridge Elementary
5500 E P True Parkway
ZIP: 50266
(515) 633-5400
Primary
Total Enrollment 730
Woodland Hills
1120 South 95th Street
ZIP: 50266
(515) 987-5196
Primary
Total Enrollment 536

West Des Moines Private Schools

Dowling Catholic High School
1400 Buffalo Rd
ZIP: 50265
Secondary
Total Enrollment 1406
Iowa Christian Academy
2501 Vine St
ZIP: 50265
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 250
Sacred Heart School
1601 Grand Ave
ZIP: 50265
Elementary
Total Enrollment 499
Shepherd's Flock Early Learning Center
3900 Ashworth Rd
ZIP: 50265
Elementary
Total Enrollment 26
Sayre Montessori School
1700 28th St
ZIP: 50266
Elementary
Total Enrollment 5
St Francis Of Assisi School
7075 Ashworth Rd
ZIP: 50266
Elementary
Total Enrollment 669
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