Des Moines Metro Area Population 1950-2020

NOTE: All data from 2020 and beyond are UN projections and DO NOT include any impacts of the COVID-19 virus.
Chart and table of population level and growth rate for the Des Moines metro area from 1950 to 2020. United Nations population projections are also included through the year 2035.
  • The current metro area population of Des Moines in 2020 is 544,000, a 1.49% increase from 2019.
  • The metro area population of Des Moines in 2019 was 536,000, a 1.52% increase from 2018.
  • The metro area population of Des Moines in 2018 was 528,000, a 1.93% increase from 2017.
  • The metro area population of Des Moines in 2017 was 518,000, a 1.97% increase from 2016.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

MLA Citation:
Other Cities in United States
City Name Population
New York City 18,804,000
Los Angeles 12,447,000
Chicago 8,865,000
Houston 6,371,000
Dallas-Fort Worth 6,301,000
Miami 6,122,000
Atlanta 5,803,000
Philadelphia 5,717,000
Washington DC 5,322,000
Phoenix 4,511,000
Boston 4,309,000
Detroit 3,548,000
Seattle 3,433,000
San Francisco 3,314,000
San Diego 3,251,000
Minneapolis 2,926,000
Tampa 2,877,000
Denver 2,827,000
Las Vegas 2,699,000
Riverside-San Bernardino 2,469,000
Baltimore 2,325,000
San Antonio 2,320,000
St. Louis 2,213,000
Portland 2,151,000
Sacramento 2,123,000
Charlotte 2,054,000
Austin 2,053,000
Orlando 1,964,000
Indianapolis 1,807,000
San Jose 1,791,000
Cleveland 1,763,000
Cincinnati 1,746,000
Pittsburgh 1,704,000
Kansas City 1,686,000
Columbus 1,644,000
Virginia Beach 1,477,000
Raleigh 1,444,000
Milwaukee 1,439,000
Jacksonville 1,280,000
Nashville 1,249,000
Providence 1,200,000
Salt Lake City 1,169,000
Memphis 1,150,000
Richmond 1,105,000
Louisville 1,089,000
McAllen 1,012,000
Hartford 999,000
New Orleans 992,000
Oklahoma City 989,000
Tucson 982,000
Bridgeport-Stamford 953,000
El Paso 951,000
Albuquerque 915,000
Honolulu 892,000
Buffalo 891,000
Cape Coral 851,000
Temecula-Murrieta 848,000
Birmingham 842,000
Omaha 835,000
Fresno 769,000
Provo-Orem 766,000
Tulsa 766,000
Allentown 763,000
Rochester 743,000
Dayton 741,000
Knoxville 741,000
Sarasota-Bradenton 736,000
Baton Rouge 734,000
Columbia, South Carolina 716,000
Ogden-Layton 711,000
Charleston-North Charleston 708,000
Bakersfield 691,000
Concord 683,000
Springfield 669,000
Colorado Springs 668,000
Mission Viejo 636,000
Albany 630,000
Grand Rapids 599,000
New Haven 593,000
The Woodlands 570,000
Akron 565,000
Worcester 548,000
Des Moines 544,000
Harrisburg 542,000
Victorville-Hesperia-Apple Valley 537,000
Greenville 529,000
Kissimmee 528,000
Wichita 527,000
Port St. Lucie 521,000
Palm Bay-Melbourne 519,000
Little Rock 514,000
Toledo 509,000
Winston-Salem 509,000
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh 507,000
Fayetteville-Springdale 504,000
Reno 504,000
Lancaster 497,000
Lancaster-Palmdale 491,000
Madison 487,000
Daytona Beach-Port Orange 476,000
Indio-Cathedral City-Palm Springs 467,000
Boise City 447,000
Spokane 447,000
Denton-Lewisville 445,000
Augusta-Richmond County 444,000
Stockton 436,000
Bonita Springs-Naples 434,000
Chattanooga 421,000
Jackson, Mississippi 420,000
Syracuse 420,000
Durham 418,000
Modesto 411,000
Concord 401,000
Visalia 401,000
Oxnard 397,000
Santa Clarita 392,000
Huntsville 384,000
Myrtle Beach 377,000
Scranton 375,000
Round Lake Beach-McHenry-Grayslake 370,000
Greensboro 361,000
Lafayette 358,000
Youngstown 357,000
Pensacola 355,000
Asheville 354,000
Antioch 353,000
Montgomery 352,000
Corpus Christi 347,000
Fayetteville 347,000
Springfield, Missouri 347,000
Flint 345,000
Lakeland 344,000
Fort Wayne 340,000
Fort Collins 337,000
Lexington-Fayette 334,000
Mobile 333,000
Santa Rosa 331,000
Trenton 329,000
Ann Arbor 328,000
Lansing 326,000
Rockford 324,000
Savannah 324,000
Shreveport 322,000
Laredo 315,000
Des Moines - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2020 544,000 1.49%
2019 536,000 1.52%
2018 528,000 1.93%
2017 518,000 1.97%
2016 508,000 2.01%
2015 498,000 1.84%
2014 489,000 2.09%
2013 479,000 1.91%
2012 470,000 1.95%
2011 461,000 1.99%
2010 452,000 1.80%
2009 444,000 2.07%
2008 435,000 1.87%
2007 427,000 2.15%
2006 418,000 1.95%
2005 410,000 1.99%
2004 402,000 1.77%
2003 395,000 2.07%
2002 387,000 1.84%
2001 380,000 2.15%
2000 372,000 2.20%
1999 364,000 2.25%
1998 356,000 2.30%
1997 348,000 2.35%
1996 340,000 2.41%
1995 332,000 2.47%
1994 324,000 2.21%
1993 317,000 2.59%
1992 309,000 2.32%
1991 302,000 2.37%
1990 295,000 1.03%
1989 292,000 1.04%
1988 289,000 1.05%
1987 286,000 1.06%
1986 283,000 0.71%
1985 281,000 1.08%
1984 278,000 0.72%
1983 276,000 1.10%
1982 273,000 1.11%
1981 270,000 0.75%
1980 268,000 0.75%
1979 266,000 0.38%
1978 265,000 0.38%
1977 264,000 0.38%
1976 263,000 0.38%
1975 262,000 0.38%
1974 261,000 0.77%
1973 259,000 0.39%
1972 258,000 0.39%
1971 257,000 0.39%
1970 256,000 0.39%
1969 255,000 0.79%
1968 253,000 0.40%
1967 252,000 0.80%
1966 250,000 0.40%
1965 249,000 0.81%
1964 247,000 0.41%
1963 246,000 0.82%
1962 244,000 0.41%
1961 243,000 0.83%
1960 241,000 1.26%
1959 238,000 2.15%
1958 233,000 1.75%
1957 229,000 1.78%
1956 225,000 1.81%
1955 221,000 2.31%
1954 216,000 1.89%
1953 212,000 1.44%
1952 209,000 1.95%
1951 205,000 1.99%
1950 201,000 0.00%