Economic Outlook

Civilian Labor Force

In 2017, over 94% of the labor force aged 16 years and older were employed in Des Moines, WA. The unemployment rate was under 6% and 12% of the population was living below the poverty line.


The most common job groups, by number of people living in Des Moines, WA, are Management, Business, Science, & Arts occupations. This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Des Moines, WA.

Type of Workers

For fiscal year 2017 the largest class of workers in Des Moines, WA were paid in salary and private wages, followed by government and self-employment.


The most common employment sectors for those who live in Des Moines, WA, are Educational Services, Healthcare & Social Assistance. This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Des Moines, WA.

Income and Benefits

Households in Des Moines, WA have a median annual income of $61k and a per capita income of $31k. The majority of the populations makes between $50k – $75k.

Income and Benefits

The highest amount of benefits earned in Des Moines, WA came from social security income. The average amount was $19,000


In Des Moines, WA the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k-$500k range. In 2017, the median property value was $291k.