Des Moines County, Iowa
|Des Moines County, Iowa|
Location in the state of Iowa
Iowa's location in the U.S.
429.80 sq mi (1,113 km²)
416.15 sq mi (1,078 km²)
13.65 sq mi (35 km²), 3.18%
97/sq mi (37/km²)
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Des Moines County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. The population was 40,325 in the 2010 census, a decline from 42,351 in the 2000 census. The county seat is Burlington. The county is part of the Burlington, IA–IL Micropolitan Statistical Area. It is one of Iowa's two original counties along with Dubuque County; both were organized by the Michigan Territorial legislature in 1834.
Des Moines County should not be confused with the city of Des Moines, which is the capital of Iowa. Des Moines County sits on Iowa's eastern border alongside the Mississippi River. The city of Des Moines is in Polk County in south-central Iowa.
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 429.80 square miles (1,113.2 km2), of which 416.15 square miles (1,077.8 km2) (or 96.82%) is land and 13.65 square miles (35.4 km2) (or 3.18%) is water.
Major highways 
Adjacent counties 
- Louisa County (north)
- Hancock County, Illinois (southeast), across the Mississippi River
- Henderson County, Illinois (east), across the Mississippi River
- Lee County (south)
- Henry County (west)
2010 census 
The 2010 census recorded a population of 40,325 in the county, with a population density of 96.9002/sq mi (37.4134/km2). There were 18,535 housing units, of which 17,003 were occupied.
2000 census 
As of the 2000 census,  there were 42,351 people, 17,270 households, and 11,536 families residing in the county. The population density was 102 people per square mile (39/km²). There were 18,643 housing units at an average density of 45 per square mile (17/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.69% White, 3.57% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.59% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.68% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. 1.75% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 17,270 households out of which 29.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.70% were married couples living together, 10.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.20% were non-families. 28.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.94.
In the county the population was spread out with 24.40% under the age of 18, 8.50% from 18 to 24, 26.10% from 25 to 44, 24.30% from 45 to 64, and 16.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 93.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.30 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $36,790, and the median income for a family was $45,089. Males had a median income of $34,880 versus $22,530 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,701. About 8.20% of families and 10.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.30% of those under age 18 and 7.40% of those age 65 or over.
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Unincorporated communities 
See also 
- "Population & Housing Occupancy Status 2010". United States Census Bureau American FactFinder. Retrieved May 9, 2011.
- "Data from the 2010 Census". State Data Center of Iowa. Retrieved May 9, 2011.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- Des Moines County
- Svendsen, Marlvs A. "PWA-Era County Courthouses of IA MPS". National Park Service. Retrieved 2011-02-09.
- "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
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