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DSM Population Growth Percentage Outpaces Other Midwest Metros

May 6, 2021

GREATER DES MOINES, IA (May 6, 2021) – Greater Des Moines (DSM) is again the fastest-growing major Midwest metro in percentage of population growth, according to the 2020 estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The Des Moines – West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) grew from 606,478 residents in 2010 to a total of 707,915 residents as of July 1, 2020, an increase of 16.7%. Year-over-year, DSM grew by 1.1% from 2019 to 2020.

By percentage, DSM grew faster than Midwest peers including Chicago, Omaha, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Minneapolis and St. Louis, both year-over-year and over the previous 10-year period. This growth is the continuation of a long-term trend for the region’s MSA. Projections have shown DSM’s population nearing 1 million people in coming years.

“Our region’s population growth shows that DSM USA continues to experience momentum as a growing and global region,” said Jay Byers, President & CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. “Talent attraction and retention continues to be a top focus of our region as we move into economic recovery, and we will continue to tell our region’s story loud, bold and broad to national and international audiences.”

About the Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 24 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,500 Regional Business Members and more than 365 Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes DSM as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at DSMpartnership.com.