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Welcome to West Des Moines ...

The city of West Des Moines is primarily located in Polk County. A portion of West Des Moines extends into Dallas County.

The location of West Des Moines has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<1>

A typical abbreviation for West Des Moines: W. Des Moines

From the  Census Estimates for 2018, West Des Moines has a population of 66,641 people<2> (see below for details).

West Des Moines was established in 1893.

The community of West Des Moines is 950 feet [290 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: West Des Moines lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

The area code for West Des Moines: (515)

The ZIP codes for West Des Moines: 50265-50266, 50398<4>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, West Des Moines had a population of 56,609 people (which is 13.15% of the total population of Polk County). This makes West Des Moines the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of West Des Moines represents 1.86% of the population of Iowa (which has 3,046,355 people), making it the state's 10th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 56,609 people, the population of West Des Moines increased 21.99% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 46,403 people).

Taken from the 2018 Census Estimates, West Des Moines had an population of 66,641 people. This is an increase of 17.72% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 43.61% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for West Des Moines.

Websites for West Des Moines ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around West Des Moines. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of West Des Moines. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around West Des Moines.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for West Des Moines:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for West Des Moines ...

Looking for more information about West 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 West Des Moines, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for West Des Moines.

Communities near West Des Moines ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Des Moines   [Map]

Lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<5> to the East (E) of West Des Moines

Ankeny   [Map]

Lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) of West Des Moines

Waukee   [Map]

Lies 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) of West Des Moines

Located in Dallas County

Johnston   [Map]

Lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) of West Des Moines

Altoona   [Map]

Lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) of West Des Moines

Indianola   [Map]

Lies 17 miles [27.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) of West Des Moines

Located in Warren County

Grimes   [Map]

Lies 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) of West Des Moines

Norwalk   [Map]

Lies 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) of West Des Moines

Located in Warren County

Pleasant Hill   [Map]

Lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East (E) of West Des Moines

Bondurant   [Map]

Lies 18 miles [29 km] to the Northeast (NE) of West Des Moines

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for West Des Moines.

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The official website for State of Iowa:

Footnotes ...

<1>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.

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<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for West Des Moines.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around West Des Moines - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as West Des Moines). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether West Des Moines or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for West Des Moines includes: 50265 & 50266.

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<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- West Des Moines) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for West Des Moines. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from West Des Moines

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in West Des Moines. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.5588, Longitude: -93.7666     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for West Des Moines have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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