Des Moines-West Des Moines Metro Area, IA Health


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The Des Moines-West Des Moines metro area has a wide range of health resources available, providing residents with access to quality healthcare. The region is home to several hospitals, including MercyOne West Des Moines Medical Center and Iowa Methodist Medical Center, as well as numerous clinics and medical facilities. Whether it’s primary care or specialized care for chronic conditions, the area offers a breadth of options for all residents. Additionally, mental health services are also widely available throughout the area in both hospital settings and private practices. With such a broad array of choices, residents can easily find access to the type of care that best suits their needs.

The health of a city has many different factors. It can refer to air quality, water quality, risk of getting respiratory disease or cancer. The people you live around can also affect your health as some places have lower or higher rates of physical activity, increased alcohol intake, smoking, obesity, and cancer rates.

Physicians per Capita

There are 215 physicians per 100,000 population in Des Moines-West Des Moines Metro Area. The US average is 210 per 100,000 people.

Health Cost Index

The annual BestPlaces Health Cost Index for the Des Moines-West Des Moines Metro Area area is 111.6 (lower=better). The US average is 100.

111.6 / 100

Example: 110 = 10% more expensive than national average.

Water Qualtiy Index

The annual BestPlaces Water Quality Index for the Des Moines-West Des Moines Metro Area area is 65 (100=best). The US average is 55.

65 / 100

Note that this is a measure of Watershed quality, not the water that comes from your faucet. The EPA has stated that a healthy watershed is closely related to drinking water quality. The EPA has a complex method of measuring watershed quality using 15 indicators such as pH, chemicals, metals, and bacteria.

Superfund Index

The annual BestPlaces Superfund Index for the Des Moines-West Des Moines Metro Area area is 87 (100=best). The US average is 87.

87 / 100

The EPA's Superfund program is responsible for cleaning up some of our nation's most contaminated land. Our index is based on the number of active Superfund sites (over 15,000 in the United States), with particular attention paid to those on the National Priorities List which pose the greatest health danger.

Quick Facts

Commuting can effect your health. The average person in Des Moines-West Des Moines Metro Area commutes 20.3 minutes one-way, which is shorter than the US average of 26.4 minutes.

Air Quality Index

The annual BestPlaces Air Quality Index for the Des Moines-West Des Moines Metro Area area is 69 (100=best). The US average is 58.

69 / 100

This is based on new measures of hazardous air pollutants from the EPA, called the National Air Toxics Assessment. This analysis models respiratory illness and cancer risk down to the zip code level, providing better detail and insight than the previous analysis based solely on results from air monitoring stations.

Air Quality Health Risk
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