Home / Select Cities  /  Comparing Kansas City, MO vs. Des Moines, IA
Compare Cities
The BestPlaces City Compare will show you how two cities compare in over a dozen categories and 100s of items. The most popular comparisons are: Population, Cost of Living, Average Rent, Crime Rate, Tax Rates and Air Quality.

Kansas City, Missouri
Des Moines, Iowa
USA
PEOPLE COMPARISON HIGHLIGHTS
Kansas City is 57% less densely populated than Des Moines.
People are 3% less likely to be married in Des Moines.
The Median Age is 1.6 years older in Kansas City.

Metro Areas in IA / MO
Counties in IA / MO
Cities in IA / MO
Zip Codes in IA / MO
PEOPLE
 Kansas City, MODes Moines, IAUnited States
 Population475,378210,330321,418,820
 Population - 2010454,876202,095308,745,538
 Population - 2000441,545198,682285,036,114
 Population - 1990435,146193,187251,960,433
 Pop. 1990 to Now9.25%8.87%27.57%
 Pop. 2000 to Now7.66%5.86%12.76%
 Pop. Density1,5092,36491
 Land Area315893,531,905
 Water Area42264,837
 Median Age3533.437.4
 Female Population51.59%51.27%50.81%
 Male Population48.41%48.73%49.19%
 space
 EST. TOTAL POPULATION BY AGE
 Kansas City, MODes Moines, IAUnited States
 Age 0 to 47.18%7.94%6.36%
 Age 5 to 96.73%7.36%6.51%
 Age 10 to 146.24%6.53%6.59%
 Age 15 to 173.62%3.36%4.03%
 Age 18 to 203.64%4.62%4.35%
 Age 21 to 245.95%6.06%5.61%
 Age 25 to 3416.60%16.57%13.47%
 Age 35 to 4413.28%13.06%12.97%
 Age 45 to 5413.52%12.81%14.09%
 Age 55 to 596.44%5.87%6.57%
 Age 60 to 645.27%4.93%5.72%
 Age 65 to 746.30%5.86%7.64%
 Age 75 to 843.57%3.30%4.26%
 Age 85 and over1.67%1.73%1.85%
 space1
 RACE
 Kansas City, MODes Moines, IAUnited States
 White55.10%68.91%62.77%
 Black28.92%10.70%12.24%
 Asian2.40%4.97%4.95%
 Native American0.39%0.25%0.66%
 Hawaiian, Pacific Islander0.26%0.10%0.16%
 Other0.20%0.26%0.20%
 Two or More Races2.60%2.51%2.13%
 Hispanic10.15%12.30%16.90%
 Non-Hispanic89.85%87.70%83.10%
 space2
 FAMILY
 Kansas City, MODes Moines, IAUnited States
 Households192,79981,239116,211,000
 Family Households107,02148,96576,958,100
 Non Family Households85,77832,27439,253,000
 Household Size2.372.472.63
 Married Population42.27%45.60%50.58%
 Single Population57.73%54.41%49.42%
 Now Married39.96%43.28%48.41%
 Married but Separated2.31%2.32%2.17%
 Never Married39.05%34.71%32.55%
 Widowed5.54%5.89%5.95%
 Divorced13.15%13.81%10.92%
 Married, w/children26.66%31.00%31.68%
 Married, no children36.91%34.58%41.44%
 Single, w/children24.47%23.94%16.94%
 Single, no children11.96%10.48%9.95%
 MOST RECENT SEARCHES ON COMPARE CITIES
 Compare CityCompared To This City
 Columbia, South CarolinaHartford, ConnecticutCompare
 Helena, MontanaSacramento, CaliforniaCompare
 Lexington, South CarolinaLilburn, GeorgiaCompare
 Springfield, MissouriAnchorage, AlaskaCompare
 Mooers, New YorkCampbellsville, KentuckyCompare
 Grinnell, IowaBoca Raton, FloridaCompare
 Escondido, CaliforniaDavis, CaliforniaCompare
 Woodville, TexasCrockett, TexasCompare
 Farmville, VirginiaWilmington, North CarolinaCompare
 Houston, TexasSpringfield, MissouriCompare
 Burlington, VermontCorvallis, OregonCompare
 West Chester, PennsylvaniaTampa, FloridaCompare
 Covington, VirginiaAustin, TexasCompare
 Chattanooga, TennesseeBloomington, IllinoisCompare
 Elizabethtown, North CarolinaOro Valley, ArizonaCompare
 Tampa, FloridaNewark, DelawareCompare
 White Settlement, TexasColleyville, TexasCompare
 Raleigh, North CarolinaCharlotte, North CarolinaCompare
 Sewickley, PennsylvaniaFox Chapel, PennsylvaniaCompare
 Sacramento, CaliforniaHuntsville, AlabamaCompare

Bert Suggests test-driving a neighborhood in Kansas City with an affordable short term rental.Click here to find the right place on Airbnb.
Or test-driving a neighborhood in Des Moines with an affordable short term rental.Click here to find the right place on Airbnb.
 COMMENTS

We're looking for comments about Kansas City. Express your opinion

We're looking for comments about Des Moines. Express your opinion


Popular Comparisons
SAFEST PLACES TO LIVE
Corvallis, OR
vs. Salem, OR
Compare Now

MOST SCHOOL SPENDING
Riverton, WY
vs. Malone, NY
Compare Now


More Popular Comparisons
HIGHEST POPULATION
New York, NY
vs. Los Angeles, CA
Compare Now

HEALTHIEST RETIREMENT
Seattle, WA
vs. Minneapolis, MN
Compare Now


More Popular Comparisons
BEST COST OF LIVING
Pecos, TX
vs. Lamesa, TX
Compare Now

LONGEST AUTO COMMUTE
Raymondville, TX
vs. Summerville, GA
Compare Now