The Demographics in Des Moines, Washington are fairly average for the area. According to the 2000 census, approximately 74.15% of the population was non-Hispanic White, 7.2% of the population was African American, 8.28% was of Asian descent, 6.61% was Hispanic, and the rest of the city classified itself as “other races” or “two or more races”. The average income for an individual working in Des Moines was about $24,127 and the median household income was about $49,000 per year. 5.6% of families are living at or below the poverty line, which is about 7% of the overall population.
The Highline School District serves most Des Moines children, with a few neighborhoods in Des Moines being served by Federal Way School District. The secondary schools in Des Moines are Mount Rainier High School, Pacific Middle School, and Aviation High School. Des Moines is also home to Highline Community College. The possibility exists for post-secondary educational institutions to open within the city in the next few decades as the population in Des Moines increases. The population in Des Moines has grown steadily through the years, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s. Though the 2012 estimated population puts more than 30,000 people in Des Moines – that’s literally 1,000x the population in Des Moines at the turn of the century.
Des Moines is perhaps best known for being home to Saltwater State Park, the most popular State Park in the Puget Sound region. More than 750,000 people visit the park every year to enjoy the sandy beach or scuba dive in the rocky tide flats. The beach is nearly a quarter of a mile long and looks out on the glory and splendor of Puget Sound. Most of the homes in Des Moines, in fact, enjoy an unobstructed view of Puget Sound and Vashon Island.