If you like numbers, this is for you.

The Greater Des Moines Partnership has launched a new online resource called the Des Moines Regional Research, Stats and Data Hub. The hub is available at www.desmoinesmetrodata.com.

It offers economic statistics, demographic data and workforce information for the Des Moines-West Des Moines metropolitan statistical area as well as for six nearby counties. Data can be filtered by year, by area and by industry. The site relies upon official government data.

The hub is intended to offer companies and site selectors the most up-to-date statistics and information on the community when they are making expansion decisions, said David Maahs, senior vice president of regional economic development for the Partnership. 

Some of the data:

  • The category of trade, transportation and utilities industries employs the most workers here, with 65,210 employed. The financial activities category is No. 2 with 52,730 workers.
  • Employment in all industries in the metro area grew by 14 percent between 2000 and 2013. That is more than four times the national average of 3.1 percent.
The average salary here in 2012 was $48,860, lower than the national average of $49,800, but it has grown faster than the national average.