Fort Dodge has the 1270th largest population in the United States. The population shrank by 2.2% from 2010 to 2015, which was slower than the national average. Fort Dodge is part of the Des Moines metro area. Unemployment in the Des Moines area is 3%, 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 Fort Dodge is below average at $47,170, and the median cost of a home in Fort Dodge is $79,700, which is below the national average. 20% of workers in Fort Dodge hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 89% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Fort Dodge. 83% of Fort Dodge workers drive to work alone, 0% take public transit, 7% carpool, and 9% walk. People in Fort Dodge spend an average of 13 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.