Polk County (West) PUMA, IA

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2022 Population
164,957
20.9% 1-year decline
US Senator
Chuck Grassley
Republican Party
US Senator
Joni Ernst
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
37.8
2.44% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
7.22%
17.8% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$93,727
3.55% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$282,000
8.92% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Polk County (West) PUMA, IA had a population of 165k people with a median age of 37.8 and a median household income of $93,727. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Polk County (West) PUMA, IA declined from 208,430 to 164,957, a −20.9% decrease and its median household income grew from $90,510 to $93,727, a 3.55% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA are White (Non-Hispanic) (81.3%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (5.77%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (4.65%), White (Hispanic) (2.83%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.63%).

11.9% of the households in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

95.7% of the residents in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA are Iowa School of Beauty-Des Moines (67 degrees awarded in 2022), La James International College-Johnston (48 degrees), and Body Wisdom Massage Therapy School (25 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA was $282,000, and the homeownership rate was 70.2%.

Most people in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 18.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Polk County (West) PUMA, IA is home to a population of 165k people, from which 95.7% are citizens. As of 2022, 9.04% of Polk County (West) PUMA, IA residents were born outside of the country (14.9k people).

In 2022, there were 14.1 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (134k people) in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 9.52k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 7.68k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The most common non-English languages spoken as the primary langauge in households in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA are Spanish (5,253 households), Serbo-Croatian (2,645 households), and Arabic (1,450 households).

Citizenship

95.7%
2022 Citizenship
95.8%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 95.7% of Polk County (West) PUMA, IA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA was 95.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    134k ± 2.11k
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    9.52k ± 1.76k
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    7.68k ± 1.09k
5.44%
Hispanic Population
8.97k people

In 2022, there were 14.1 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (134k people) in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 9.52k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 7.68k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

5.44% of the people in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA are hispanic (8.97k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA as a share of the total population.

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Foreign-Born Population

9.04%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
14.9k people
9.19%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
19.2k people

As of 2022, 9.04% of Polk County (West) PUMA, IA residents (14.9k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA was 9.19%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Non-English Households

Most Common Non-English Languages
  1. Spanish
    5,253 households (3.41%)
  2. Serbo-Croatian
    2,645 households (1.72%)
  3. Arabic
    1,450 households (0.941%)

11.9% of the households in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language, which is lower than the national average of 21.7%. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

In 2022, the most common non-English language spoken in households in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA was Spanish. 3.41% of the households in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA reported speaking Spanish at home as the primary shared language between all members living in the household.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,990 ± 351
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,880 ± 445
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,512 ± 431

Polk County (West) PUMA, IA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.06 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Polk County (West) PUMA, IA employs 79.4k people. The largest industries in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA are Elementary & secondary schools (4,419 people), Construction (3,952 people), and Insurance carriers (3,741 people), and the highest paying industries are Household appliances & electrical & electronic goods merchant wholesalers ($220,020), Legal services ($162,882), and Car Dealers ($150,041).

Workforce Diversity

Measure
RACE/ETHNICITY
50,383
Women
47.3%
56,234
Men
52.7%

The workforce of Polk County (West) PUMA, IA in 2020 was 106,617 people, with 47.3% woman, and 52.7% men.

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Occupations

79.4k
2022 Value
−27.7%
1 Year decline
± −27.7%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA declined at a rate of −27.7%, from 110k employees to 79.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA, are Driver/sales workers & truck drivers (2,607 people), Customer service representatives (1,826 people), and Elementary & middle school teachers (1,761 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Polk County (West) PUMA, IA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

79.4k
2022 Value
−27.7%
1 Year decline
± −27.7%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA declined at a rate of −27.7%, from 110k employees to 79.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA, are Elementary & secondary schools (4,419 people), Construction (3,952 people), and Insurance carriers (3,741 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Polk County (West) PUMA, IA, though some of these residents may live in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$64,699
Median earning men ± $2,656
$48,015
Median earning women ± $2,617

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($125,116), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($81,806), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($79,579).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Wholesale Trade ($92,663), Public Administration ($74,453), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($73,469).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
1.48%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 1.57M people employed in Iowa. This represents a 1.48% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.9%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Iowa.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Iowa went to Donald J. Trump with 52.8% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (44.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.16%).

Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst are the senators currently representing the state of Iowa. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Iowa is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Iowa

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Chuck Grassley
Senator from Iowa3
Assumed office on January 3, 1981
Joni Ernst
Senator from Iowa2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst are the senators currently representing Iowa.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Iowa

Iowa is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA awarded 140 degrees. The student population of Polk County (West) PUMA, IA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 9 male students and 168 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA are White (86 and 61.4%), followed by Black or African American (19 and 13.6%), Hispanic or Latino (19 and 13.6%), and Two or More Races (8 and 5.71%).

The largest universities in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA by number of degrees awarded are Iowa School of Beauty-Des Moines (67 and 47.9%), La James International College-Johnston (48 and 34.3%), and Body Wisdom Massage Therapy School (25 and 17.9%).

The most popular majors in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA are Aesthetician & Skin Care Specialist (56 and 40%), General Cosmetology (34 and 24.3%), and Massage Therapy (32 and 22.9%).

Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

Measure

In 2022, 0.45% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.619% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population of Polk County (West) PUMA, IA in 2022 were Bachelors Degree (36.7k), High School or Equivalent (22k), and Some college (21.2k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA was $282,000 in 2022, which is 1 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $258,900 to $282,000, a 8.92% increase. The homeownership rate in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA is 70.2%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA have an average commute time of 18.6 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA is $93,727. In 2022, the PUMA with the highest Median Household Income in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA was Dallas, Madison Counties PUMA, IA with a value of $97,664, followed by Polk County (West) PUMA, IA and Linn County outside Cedar Rapids City PUMA, IA, with respective values of $93,727 and $91,766.

Property

$282,000
Median Property Value 2022
±$5,144
$46,705
Median Property Taxes
±$1,621

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Polk County (West) PUMA, IA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

70.2%
Homeownership
2022
67.3%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 70.2% of the housing units in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 69%.

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Income by Location

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In 2022, the PUMA with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA was Dallas, Madison Counties PUMA, IA with a value of $97,664, followed by Polk County (West) PUMA, IA and Linn County outside Cedar Rapids City PUMA, IA, with respective values of $93,727 and $91,766.

The following map shows all of the PUMAs in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$93,727
Median Household Income
± $2,875
66.5k
Number of Households
± 2,198

In 2022, the median household income of the 66.5k households in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA grew to $93,727 from the previous year's value of $90,510.

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Wage Distribution

0.437
2022 Wage GINI in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA
0.443
2021 Wage GINI in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA

In 2022, the income inequality in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA was 0.437 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 1.27% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Polk County (West) PUMA, IA was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (75.8%)
  2. Worked At Home (14.8%)
  3. Carpooled (7.57%)

In 2022, 75.8% of workers in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (14.8%) and those who carpooled to work (7.57%).

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Commute Time

18.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA have a shorter commute time (18.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 0.909% of the workforce in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

7.22% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA (11.8k out of 164k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Females 18 - 24.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA is White, followed by Black and Asian.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

96% of the population of Polk County (West) PUMA, IA has health coverage, with 63.2% on employee plans, 10.8% on Medicaid, 10.8% on Medicare, 10% on non-group plans, and 1.23% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Iowa see 1347 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.737% decrease from the previous year (1357 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1436 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 569 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,347 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Iowa

Primary care physicians in Iowa see an average of 1,347 patients per year. This represents a 0.737% decrease from the previous year (1,357 patients).

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 26.1% under 18 years, 19.6% between 18 and 34 years, 40% between 35 and 64 years, and 14.3% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 50.2% were men and 49.8% were women.

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Uninsured People

4.01%
Uninsured
63.2%
Employer Coverage
10.8%
Medicaid
10.8%
Medicare
10%
Non-Group
1.23%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Polk County (West) PUMA, IA grew by 1.14% from 3.97% to 4.01%.

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