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Kansas City, Kansas
Des Moines, Iowa
USA
PEOPLE COMPARISON HIGHLIGHTS
Kansas City is 95% less densely populated than Des Moines.
People are 2% less likely to be married in Des Moines.
The Median Age is 0.4 years younger in Kansas City.

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PEOPLE
 Kansas City, KSDes Moines, IAUnited States
 Population151,306210,330321,418,820
 Population - 2010144,025202,095308,745,538
 Population - 2000146,866198,682285,036,114
 Population - 1990149,767193,187251,960,433
 Pop. 1990 to Now1.03%8.87%27.57%
 Pop. 2000 to Now3.02%5.86%12.76%
 Pop. Density1,2122,36491
 Land Area125893,531,905
 Water Area42264,837
 Median Age3333.437.4
 Female Population50.65%51.27%50.81%
 Male Population49.35%48.73%49.19%
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 EST. TOTAL POPULATION BY AGE
 Kansas City, KSDes Moines, IAUnited States
 Age 0 to 48.57%7.94%6.36%
 Age 5 to 98.33%7.36%6.51%
 Age 10 to 147.31%6.53%6.59%
 Age 15 to 174.17%3.36%4.03%
 Age 18 to 203.75%4.62%4.35%
 Age 21 to 245.71%6.06%5.61%
 Age 25 to 3415.17%16.57%13.47%
 Age 35 to 4412.54%13.06%12.97%
 Age 45 to 5412.70%12.81%14.09%
 Age 55 to 595.92%5.87%6.57%
 Age 60 to 645.00%4.93%5.72%
 Age 65 to 746.15%5.86%7.64%
 Age 75 to 843.11%3.30%4.26%
 Age 85 and over1.59%1.73%1.85%
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 RACE
 Kansas City, KSDes Moines, IAUnited States
 White39.94%68.91%62.77%
 Black25.91%10.70%12.24%
 Asian3.26%4.97%4.95%
 Native American0.44%0.25%0.66%
 Hawaiian, Pacific Islander0.14%0.10%0.16%
 Other0.05%0.26%0.20%
 Two or More Races2.10%2.51%2.13%
 Hispanic28.16%12.30%16.90%
 Non-Hispanic71.84%87.70%83.10%
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 FAMILY
 Kansas City, KSDes Moines, IAUnited States
 Households53,80281,239116,211,000
 Family Households34,50448,96576,958,100
 Non Family Households19,29832,27439,253,000
 Household Size2.722.472.63
 Married Population43.39%45.60%50.58%
 Single Population56.61%54.41%49.42%
 Now Married40.74%43.28%48.41%
 Married but Separated2.65%2.32%2.17%
 Never Married36.77%34.71%32.55%
 Widowed6.27%5.89%5.95%
 Divorced13.58%13.81%10.92%
 Married, w/children28.25%31.00%31.68%
 Married, no children30.94%34.58%41.44%
 Single, w/children28.36%23.94%16.94%
 Single, no children12.45%10.48%9.95%
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