Des Moines County

Des Moines County, Iowa

PO Box 158
Burlington, IA 52601
Phone: (319) 753-8272
Fax: (319) 753-8253

On southeastern border of IA; established Sep 6, 1834 (prior to statehood) from Wisconsin Territory. Name Origin: For the Des Moines River, which runs through the southeastern part of the state. From French des 'of the' and moines, a form of the Indian tribal name Moingona 'river of the mounds.' French name became Riviere des Moines 'river of the monks,' because the area was explored by Catholic missionaries. Also spelled De Moin, De Moyen, and Demoine.

Area (sq mi):: 429.80 (land 416.15; water 13.65) Population per square mile: 98.10
Population 2005: 40,810 State rank: 15 Population change: 2000-20005 -3.60%; 1990-2000 -0.60% Population 2000: 42,351 (White 92.80%; Black or African American 3.60%; Hispanic or Latino 1.70%; Asian 0.60%; Other 2.10%). Foreign born: 1.60%. Median age: 38.90
Income 2000: per capita $19,701; median household $36,790; Population below poverty level: 10.70% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $26,021-$27,554
Unemployment (2004): 6.40% Unemployment change (from 2000): 1.50% Median travel time to work: 16.00 minutes Working outside county of residence: 10.40%
Cities with population over 10,000:
  • Burlington County seat (25,579)

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    How much the average taxpayer will benefit from Byar's bequest remains unclear, but Des Moines County supervisor Tim Hoschek notes that in a struggling economy "anything will help." It was, Hoschek agrees, "a nice gesture of him and hopefully it will work out that all the people will benefit from it."
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