Des Moines has the 89th largest population in the United States. The population grew by 3.0% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Unemployment in the Des Moines area is 3.2%, which is lower than the national average, and is getting better. Des Moines has the 61st largest local economy in the US, and a low cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Des Moines is below average at $47,170, and the median cost of a home in Des Moines is $117,600, which is below the national average. 24% of workers in Des Moines hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 87% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Des Moines. 82% of Des Moines workers drive to work alone, 1% take public transit, 9% carpool, and 6% walk. People in Des Moines spend an average of 18 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.