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Overview

Introduction to Des Moines, Washington

Des Moines, Washington, in King County, is 4 miles W of Kent, Washington (center to center) and 14 miles S of Seattle, Washington. The city is in the Seattle - Bellevue - Everett area.

Des Moines History

The Duwamish and Muckleshoot Indian tribes used the area, now known as Des Moines, for fishing purposes. Europeans first visited this place on May 26, 1792. John Moore, who visited the area around 1867, was the first known settler of Des Moines. Des Moines City Improvement Company platted the land in 1889. In fact, the city was named after the company. The Brick Highway was constructed in May 1916. Des Moines was incorporated on June 17, 1959.

Des Moines and nearby Attractions

  • Saltwater State Park
  • Des Moines Historical Society Museum
  • Des Moines Beach Park
  • Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden
  • Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
  • Renton History Museum

Things To Do In Des Moines

Des Moines Beach Park and Saltwater State Park are worth visiting when you are in the city. You can also visit Normandy Village and Des Moines Historical Society Museum. The Museum of Flight and Enchanted Village and Wild Waves are also close to the city. The City of Des Moines also organizes a number of recreational events and festivals throughout the year.

Des Moines Transportation

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is close to the city.

Des Moines Higher Education

Highline Community College is the local college. Other colleges and universities near Des Moines are Seattle Community College-South Campus, Seattle University, and Renton Technical College.

Demographics

People

Total Population30,904
Male Share of the Population49.8%
Female Share of the Population50.2%
Senior Citizens16.7%
Employed Population 16+14,973
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married46.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher24.3%
Median Earnings25+$34,834
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$24,040
Median Earnings With High School Degree$28,087

Wealth

Median Family Income$70,621
% Above Poverty Level86.4%
% Below Poverty Level13.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time29 minutes
% Working from Home5.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.3%
% Using Public Transportation8.1%

Housing

People Living Alone28.6%
Median Gross Rent$1,114
Median House Value$266,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)42.7%
German15.4%
English9.4%
Irish8.8%
Norwegian5.1%
Italian4.1%
African3.3%
French Except Basque3.1%
Swedish2.6%
Scottish2.3%
Ethiopian1.9%
Polish1.4%
Dutch1.4%
Russian1%
Arab0.9%
Iraqi0.8%
Danishn0.8%
Welsh0.6%
Portuguese0.5%
Finnish0.4%
Swiss0.4%
Jamaican0.3%
Croatian0.3%
West Indian0.3%
Kenyan0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Greek0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Czech0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Turkish0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Somali0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Australian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Ghanaian0.1%
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Des Moines Almanac

CategoryValue
County King County
Standard Zip Codes98148, 98198
Phone Area Codes206,253
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude47.44
Approximate Longitude-122.32

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)

StationKENT
Distance3.6 miles
Jan Temp35 to 47 F
Apr Temp42 to 61 F
Jul Temp55 to 77 F
Oct Temp44 to 62 F
Annual Precip39.5 inches
StationSEATTLE TACOMA AP
Distance4.5 miles
Jan Temp36 to 46 F
Apr Temp42 to 58 F
Jul Temp55 to 75 F
Oct Temp46 to 60 F
Annual Precip37 inches
StationSEATTLE URBAN SITE
Distance17.2 miles
Jan Temp36 to 47 F
Apr Temp43 to 59 F
Jul Temp56 to 75 F
Oct Temp46 to 60 F
Annual Precip38.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Burien50,187$66,615
Federal Way93,986$67,286
Kent125,492$69,862
Normandy Park6,598$129,000
SeaTac28,298$57,266
Tukwila19,878$57,643

Des Moines Public Schools

North Hill Elementary
19835 8th Ave S
ZIP: 98148
(206) 631-4600
Primary
Total Enrollment 587
Des Moines Elementary
22001 9th Ave S
ZIP: 98198
(206) 631-3700
Primary
Total Enrollment 411
Gateway
Highline Community College, 2400 South 240th Street
ZIP: 98198
(206) 878-3710
High
Kent Mountain View Academy
22420 Military Rd S
ZIP: 98198
(253) 373-7488
Other
Total Enrollment 342
Midway Elementary
22447 24th Ave S
ZIP: 98198
(206) 631-4400
Primary
Total Enrollment 629
Mount Rainier High School
22450 19th Ave S
ZIP: 98198
(206) 631-7000
High
Total Enrollment 1615
Pacific Middle School
22705 24th Ave S
ZIP: 98198
(206) 631-5800
Middle
Total Enrollment 650
Parkside Elementary
2104 S 247th St
ZIP: 98198
(206) 631-4700
Primary
Total Enrollment 600
Woodmont K-8 School
26454 16th Av S
ZIP: 98198
(253) 945-4500
Primary
Total Enrollment 479

Des Moines Private Schools

Evergreen Lutheran High School
2021 S 260th St
ZIP: 98198
Secondary
Total Enrollment 91
Holy Trinity Lutheran School
2021 S 260th St
ZIP: 98198
Elementary
Total Enrollment 124
St Philomena School
1815 S 220th St
ZIP: 98198
Elementary
Total Enrollment 222
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