West Des Moines, Iowa

West Des Moines: The most populous city in Dallas County, Iowa. It is located in the Des Moines metropolitan area. West Des Moines is known for its many parks and green spaces, its many historical sites, and its many attractions, such as the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden and the Adventureland Park.


West Des Moines is a city located in the county of Polk in the U.S. state of Iowa. Its population at the 2010 census was 56,609 and a population density of 460 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 69,057 inhabitants.

The city was created 131 years ago in 1892.

West Des Moines locator map
Location of West Des Moines on Iowa map.

Quick Facts about West Des Moines

Population : 69,057 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Iowa (United States)
County : Polk County
Postal code : 50263–50266
Phone Area Codes : 515
Area : 123.19 km2
Altitude : 955 feet / 291 meters
Establishment : January 01, 1893 (131 years ago)
Time Zone : Central Time Zone
Local time : 02:19:52 (24th May 2024)
Density : 561 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 18.03% (2010-2020)
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West Des Moines is located at 41°34'38"N 93°42'41"W (41.5772100, -93.7113300).

West Des Moines map


The population of West Des Moines increased by 18.03% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 56,609 - census
2011 57,562 1.66% estimation process
2012 58,154 1.02% estimation process
2013 59,733 2.64% estimation process
2014 61,827 3.39% estimation process
2015 63,489 2.62% estimation process
2016 64,595 1.71% estimation process
2017 65,556 1.47% estimation process
2018 66,605 1.57% estimation process
2019 67,899 1.91% estimation process
2020 69,057 1.68% estimation process

West Des Moines zip code is 50265. County name: Polk, County fips: 19153

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People born in West Des Moines (10)

People born in West Des Moines, including novelist, screenwriter, film director Peter Hedges, bobsledder Karlos Kirby, football player Tyson Smith, .


  • Conor Boffeli (Player of American football) he was born in 29/08/1991
  • Whitney Sharpe (Footballer) she was born in 05/01/1990
  • Corwin Clatt (American football player (1924-1997)) he was born in 05/02/1924
  • Mason Mitchell (American stock car racing driver and team owner) he was born in 25/06/1994
  • Matthew Haack (American Football Player) he was born in 25/07/1994
  • Jake Campos (American football player, offensive tackle) he was born in 18/10/1994
  • Christian Carbone (Producer)

Schools in West Des Moines

College & universities near West Des Moines, IA

Code Name City ZIP
154156 Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center Des Moines (IA) 50312
153597 Iowa School of Beauty-Des Moines Des Moines (IA) 50322-3203
153269 Drake University Des Moines (IA) 50311-4505
153542 UnityPoint Health-Des Moines School of Radiologic Technology Des Moines (IA) 50309-1453
153977 Mercy College of Health Sciences Des Moines (IA) 50309-1239

Stations (2)

Amtrak & bus stations near West Des Moines, IA

Code Name Address Type
OSC Osceola Main & East Clay Streets RAIL
CRN Creston Pine and Adams Avenue RAIL

Post offices near West Des Moines

Post Office Name City ZIP
West Des Moin Post Office West Des Moines (IA) 50265
West Suburban Post Office Clive (IA) 50325
Beaverdal Post Office Des Moines (IA) 50310
University Station Post Office Des Moines (IA) 50311
Ash Creek Post Office Urbandale (IA) 50323

Other cities in Polk County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Polk County , IA. (more)

City Name Population Title
Des Moines 212,312 The capital of Iowa.
Ankeny 70,068 The most populous city in Polk County, Iowa.
Urbandale 44,650 A city in Polk County, Iowa.
Johnston 23,092 City in Iowa, United States
Altoona 19,503 City in Polk County, Iowa, United States
Clive 17,444 Human settlement in Iowa, United States of America
Grimes 15,831 City in Iowa, United States
Pleasant Hill 10,025 American city in Iowa
Bondurant 7,293 City in Polk County, Iowa, United States of America
Polk City 4,961 American city in Iowa
Windsor Heights 4,735 City in Polk County, Iowa, United States
Saylorville 3,301 City in Polk County, Iowa, United States of America
Mitchellville 2,273 City in Iowa, United States
Elkhart 952 American city in Iowa
Runnells 498 City in Polk County, Iowa, United States
Alleman 447 City in Polk County, Iowa, United States

Distance to Other Cities

West Des Moines distances to largest Iowa cities