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Des Moines, Iowa
Welcome to Des Moines ...
The pronunciation of Des Moines: 'de-MOYN' or 'de-MOYNZ'<1>
When the people of Des Moines refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Des Moinesite<2>
From the Census Estimates for 2018, Des Moines has a population of 216,853 people<3> (see below for details).
Des Moines was established in 1843.
The community of Des Moines is 790 feet [241 m] above sea level.<4>.
Time Zone: Des Moines lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time
Des Moines lies within the (515) area code.
The ZIP codes for Des Moines: 50301-50321, 50328-50336, 50338-50340, 50347, 50350, 50359-50364, 50367-50369, 50380-50381, 50391-50397, 50936, 50940, 50947, 50950, 50980-50981<5>
Population Details ...
At the time of the 2010 Census, Des Moines had a population of 203,433 people (which is 47.24% of the total population of Polk County). This makes Des Moines the county's most populous community.
The population of Des Moines represents 6.68% of the population of Iowa (which has 3,046,355 people), making it the state's most populous community.
With a 2010 count of 203,433 people, the population of Des Moines increased 2.39% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 198,682 people).
Taken from the 2018 Census Estimates, Des Moines had an population of 216,853 people. This is an increase of 6.6% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 9.15% since the 2000 Census).
More information can be found on the Census Page for Des Moines.
Communities near Des Moines ...
A sample of nearby communities can be found below.
Lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<6> to the West (W) of Des Moines
Lies 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) of Des Moines
Lies 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) of Des Moines
Lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West (W) of Des Moines
Located in Dallas County
Lies 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) of Des Moines
Lies 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) of Des Moines
Lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) of Des Moines
Lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the South (S) of Des Moines
Located in Warren County
Lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) of Des Moines
Lies 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) of Des Moines
Located in Warren County
To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Des Moines.
Communities Also Named Des Moines ...
Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 4 communities that are also named Des Moines - they are located in California, New Mexico (2) and Washington.
For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Des Moines.
Websites for Des Moines ...
Our Genealogy Helper Page ...
We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.
These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Des Moines:
TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Des Moines ...
Looking for more information about Des Moines? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.
In addition to the Tourism page for Des Moines, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Des Moines.
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The official website for Des Moines: www.dmgov.org/
The official website for Polk County: www.co.polk.ia.us/
The official website for State of Iowa: https://www.iowa.gov/
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This page was last modified: 19 Jul 2019