About Des Moines

AboutDesMoinesThe City of Des Moines is Iowa’s capital city and the county seat of Polk County.  The local government serves more than 215,000 residents throughout 52 neighborhoods with more than 4,000 acres of parkland and 81 miles of trails. The City of Des Moines stands to be a financially strong city with exceptional city services, fostering an involved community in a customer friendly atmosphere.

Des Moines is the core of one of the fastest growing metro areas (DSM USA) in the Midwest and is beaming with community pride and accolades.  


Metro Area DSM USA Information
The Greater Des Moines Partnership provides detailed data about the area on its Regional Des Moines Research, Stats and Data Hub.

Des Moines Quick Facts

There are seasonal contrasts in temperatures and precipitation in Des Moines. Average annual precipitation is 32.1 inches in rainfall; 31.6 inches in snowfall.

Average temperatures are:

Spring:  47°
Summer:  75°
Fall: 50°
Winter: 23°

In addition to a great public-school system, six colleges and universities are located within the City of  Des Moines:

  • Drake University
  • Des Moines Community College (branch)
  • Des Moines University
  • Grand View University
  • Mercy College of Health Sciences
  • Vatterott College

Commute Time
Des Moines has a 19.2-minute average commute time, one of the lowest for a city of our size.

Median Household Income

Unemployment Rate
3.9% (Polk County)

Employment Base
Insurance, government, manufacturing, trade, and health care services are major employers in Des Moines. Des Moines area businesses attract talent from a five-county metro area of more than 500,000 residents. Iowa's work force, with more than an 80% high school graduation rate, ranks among the top five states.