West Des Moines Polk County, Iowa

West Des Moines: City in Polk County, Iowa, United States

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Location of West Des Moines on Iowa map.


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 9 years in 2019 city had an estimated population of 67,899 inhabitants.

The city was created 128 years ago in 1892.


West Des Moines is located at 41°34'38"N 93°42'41"W (41.5772100, -93.7113300).

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West Des Moines forecast: Sunny, with a high near 82. North wind around 3 mph. more

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West Des Moines Quick Facts

Population : 67,899 (2019)
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 (128 years ago)
Time Zone : Central Time Zone
Local time : 17:12:38 (2nd August 2021)
Density : 551 Pop. per km² as of 2019
Population growth : 16.63% (2010-2019)
Weather : 82℉ Sunny 7-days weather


The population of West Des Moines increased by 16.63% in 9 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

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, you can see a list of people who born in West Des Moines.


College & universities near West Des Moines

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

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

Other cities in Polk County

Cities, Towns, Neighborhoods & Other Populated Places in Polk County , IA. (more)

City Name Population Title
Des Moines 214,237 City in and county seat of Polk County, Iowa, United States, and Iowa federated state capital city
Ankeny 67,355 Suburb in Iowa
Urbandale 44,379 City in Polk and Dallas counties, Iowa, United States
Johnston 22,582 City in Iowa, United States
Altoona 19,221 City in Polk County, Iowa, United States
Clive 17,242 Human settlement in Iowa, United States of America
Grimes 14,804 City in Iowa, United States
Pleasant Hill 10,019 American city in Iowa
Bondurant 6,958 City in Polk County, Iowa, United States of America
Polk City 4,961 American city in Iowa
Windsor Heights 4,809 City in Polk County, Iowa, United States
Saylorville 3,301 City in Polk County, Iowa, United States of America
Mitchellville 2,258 City in Iowa, United States
Elkhart 918 American city in Iowa
Runnells 504 City in Polk County, Iowa, United States
Alleman 452 City in Polk County, Iowa, United States

Distance to Other Cities

West Des Moines distances to largest Iowa cities

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