Greater Des Moines
|Des Moines–West Des Moines, IA Metropolitan Statistical Area|
|Largest city||Des Moines|
|Other cities|| - West Des Moines|
|• Total||3,610 sq mi (9,300 km2)|
|Highest elevation||N/A ft (N/A m)|
|Lowest elevation||750 ft (228.6 m)|
|• Rank||82nd in the U.S.|
|• Density||196.5/sq mi (75.9/km2)|
The Des Moines metropolitan area, officially known as the Des Moines–West Des Moines, IA Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is located at the confluence of the Des Moines River and the Raccoon River. Des Moines serves as the capital of the U.S. state of Iowa The metro area consists of six counties in central Iowa: Polk, Dallas, Warren, Madison, Guthrie, and Jasper. The Des Moines–Ames–West Des Moines Combined Statistical Area (CSA) encompasses the separate metropolitan area of Ames (Story County), and the separate micropolitan areas of Pella (Marion County), Boone (Boone County) and Oskaloosa (Mahaska County). The Des Moines area is a fast-growing metro area.
Des Moines–West Des Moines, IA Metropolitan Statistical Area
|County||Seat||2020 Census||2010 Census||Change||Area||Density|
|Polk||Des Moines||492,401||430,640||+14.34%||592 sq mi (1,530 km2)||832/sq mi (321/km2)|
|Dallas||Adel||99,678||66,135||+50.72%||592 sq mi (1,530 km2)||168/sq mi (65/km2)|
|Warren||Indianola||52,403||46,225||+13.37%||573 sq mi (1,480 km2)||91/sq mi (35/km2)|
|Jasper||Newton||37,813||36,842||+2.64%||733 sq mi (1,900 km2)||52/sq mi (20/km2)|
|Madison||Winterset||16,549||15,679||+5.55%||562 sq mi (1,460 km2)||29/sq mi (11/km2)|
|Guthrie||Guthrie Center||10,623||10,954||−3.02%||593 sq mi (1,540 km2)||18/sq mi (7/km2)|
|Total||709,466||606,475||+16.98%||3,610 sq mi (9,300 km2)||197/sq mi (76/km2)|
Des Moines-Ames-West Des Moines, IA Combined Statistical Area
|Statistical Area||2020 Census||2010 Census||Change||Area||Density|
|Des Moines-West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area||709,466||606,475||+16.98%||3,610 sq mi (9,300 km2)||197/sq mi (76/km2)|
|Ames, IA Metropolitan Statistical Area (Story County)||98,537||89,542||+10.05%||574 sq mi (1,490 km2)||172/sq mi (66/km2)|
|Pella, IA Micropolitan Statistical Area (Marion County)||33,414||33,309||+0.32%||571 sq mi (1,480 km2)||59/sq mi (23/km2)|
|Boone, IA Micropolitan Statistical Area (Boone County)||26,715||26,306||+1.55%||574 sq mi (1,490 km2)||47/sq mi (18/km2)|
|Oskaloosa, IA Micropolitan Statistical Area (Mahaska County)||22,190||22,381||−0.85%||573 sq mi (1,480 km2)||39/sq mi (15/km2)|
|Total||890,322||778,013||+14.44%||5,902 sq mi (15,290 km2)||151/sq mi (58/km2)|
The lowest geographical point in the metropolitan area is the Des Moines River, where it passes the northeast corner of Warren County, and the southeast corner of Polk County.
Polk County was originally the only county in the Des Moines metropolitan area when the United States Bureau of the Budget (now the United States Office of Management and Budget) began defining metropolitan areas in 1950. Warren County was added in 1973 and Dallas County was added in 1983. Guthrie and Madison counties were added in 2003 after metropolitan areas were redefined. In 2005 the area was renamed the Des Moines–West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area after a special census showed that West Des Moines had topped the 50,000 mark in population. Jasper county was added in September 2018.
Population as of 2020 Census
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 481,394 people, 189,371 households, and 126,177 families residing within the MSA. The racial makeup of the MSA was 90.24% White, 3.85% African American, 0.24% Native American, 2.15% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 2.00% from other races, and 1.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.02% of the population.
The median income for a household in the MSA was $44,667, and the median income for a family was $52,617. Males had a median income of $34,710 versus $25,593 for females. The per capita income for the MSA was $21,253.
The census tracts for 2000 are shown in the map from the Iowa Data Center.
Des Moines is a major center of the US insurance industry and has a sizable financial services and publishing business base. The city was credited as the "number one spot for U.S. insurance companies" in a Business Wire article and named the third-largest "insurance capital" of the world. The city is the headquarters for the Principal Financial Group, Ruan Transportation, TMC Transportation, EMC Insurance Companies, and Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. Other major corporations such as Wells Fargo, Cognizant, Voya Financial, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, ACE Limited, Marsh, Monsanto, and Corteva have large operations in or near the metropolitan area. In recent years, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, and Facebook have built data-processing and logistical facilities in the Des Moines area.
The Des Moines area is home to 5 Fortune 1000 headquarters – 2021 rankings
|1||Principal Financial Group||Des Moines||Financial||201|
|2||Casey's General Store||Ankeny||Convenience||378|
|3||Meredith Corporation||Des Moines||Media||681|
|4||American Equity Insurance||West Des Moines||Financial||702|
|Iowa Barnstormers||American football||Indoor Football League||Wells Fargo Arena||Des Moines||1995 (2008)|
|Iowa Cubs||Baseball||International League, Minor League Baseball||Principal Park||Des Moines||1969|
|Iowa Wolves||Basketball||NBA G League||Wells Fargo Arena||Des Moines||2007|
|Des Moines Buccaneers||Ice hockey||United States Hockey League||Buccaneer Arena||Urbandale||1980|
|Iowa Wild||Ice hockey||American Hockey League||Wells Fargo Arena||Des Moines||2013|
|Des Moines Menace||Soccer||USL League Two||Drake Stadium||Des Moines||1994|
|Drake Bulldogs||Multi||NCAA Division I, Missouri Valley Conference||Drake Stadium, Knapp Center||Des Moines||1881|