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West Des Moines is consistently growing. Over 53% of the population holds a bachelor’s degree or higher with nearly 18% holding a graduate or professional degree. A highly educated workforce means big-time opportunity for employers.

  • 2nd lowest cost of doing business in the nation
  • 18% lower business cost than national average
  • 36% aged between 18-44
  • 79 languages spoken in West Des Moines Public Schools
  • 100% Municipal Equality Index (MEI) score

#1 Area for young professionals

ages 24-34 with a Bachelor’s degree or higher.
—Forbes Magazine


A highly educated workforce yields higher-than-average median household incomes. In West Des Moines, the median household income is $82,755, with nearly 40% of households earning $100k or more per year. High salaries and low cost of living allows for large amounts of discretionary spending, shopping, dining, and other lifestyle purchases.

  • 64,331 individuals employed
Office Space

The West Des Moines market is a perfect fit for any prospect, large or small. With over 11.8 million square feet of office space with a wide range of amenities and styles within city limits, there’s something for every type of business. Low vacancy rates and a central location in the Des Moines Metro, the state, and the country, make West Des Moines the perfect market location for any business.

  • 3,160 businesses located in WDM

West Des Moines’ sales tax generation is remarkable. In Fiscal Year 2017, West Des Moines had $1.76 billion of taxable sales, making it the fourth highest amount of taxable sales of Iowa’s most populated cities. West Des Moines also has an impressive ‘pull factor,’ which measures purchasing power against other cities. In most retail and dining categories, the pull factor is greater than one, which means West Des Moines attracts more non-resident shoppers than residents who used their purchasing power in other cities.

Transportation Infrastructure

At the intersection of I-80 and I-35, West Des Moines is an ideal location for any business, being in the center of the country for national commerce. Highway 5 and Interstate 235, both connecting to the national interstates, are also within West Des Moines boundaries, connecting you and your products to your clients.

Des Moines International Airport is located within 4 miles of West Des Moines. The airport is served by major airlines with 20+ non-stop flights daily.

West Des Moines is also host to two regional and national rail systems: Union Pacific Railroad and Iowa Interstate Railroad. These rail systems serve agricultural, automotive, chemical, industrial, intermodal, and international markets.


Low cost of living for residents and competitive utility costs for businesses make West Des Moines an attractive place to live and work. Check out the latest rates and statistics on utilities in the area.


of the energy MidAmerican Energy delivered to Iowa customers in 2020 was from renewable sources, mostly wind.

11th Lowest Rates for Energy

in the country due to investment in renewable energy sources.


Access to and quality of high-speed broadband is a community commitment. The city is part of the Connect Iowa Program and was one of the first cities in the state and the nation to receive a connected certification through Connect Iowa because of the advancement of access, adoption, and use of broadband. In 2013, the city of West Des Moines was the recipient of the inaugural eCity of Iowa Award from Google. West Des Moines is now in the process of expanding gigabit internet access.

925 Miles

of open-access conduit for high-speed and fiber internet