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Best Place to Live in Des Moines, Iowa

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Overview
Population:204,362
Pop. Change:2%
State: Iowa
Metro Area: Des Moines Metro Area
County: Polk County
City:Des Moines
Zip Code:50315, 50317, ... 11 total
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Des Moines's Real Estate Market
 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes
 • Median Condominiums


Des Moines Metro Area

Profile: Capital city

Location: Just south of geographic center of Iowa

Elevation: 963

Time zone: Central Standard Time

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Attractive downtownEntertainment
Capital city amenitiesAir service
Stable economyHarsh winters

As the cultural and economic heart of Iowa, Des Moines is headquarters to nearly 60 companies and most notably a center for the insurance industry as well as many agriculture-related businesses. Many characterize it as a “gentle” big city, retaining a small-town feel with larger-city amenities, but some also complain of a lack of entertainment and nightlife. It is quintessentially Midwestern with a clean but plain downtown with mostly rectangular tree-lined streets. The wealthier and more educated suburbs and most parks and recreational amenities lie west of town, the largest being West Des Moines, while the east is more industrial. The area contains about 400 factories, many processing food or manufacturing farming products. The city has an assortment of parks, museums, zoos, gardens, and historic attractions. Des Moines is large enough to have a good symphony and ballet and a large, concert venue, but small enough to be a “15-minute city” – 15 minutes gets you about anywhere in town. With a 140-year-tradition, the Iowa State Fair matches most people’s image of a classic American fair. For a larger capital city, air service is relatively lacking and ethnic diversity is low, but cost of living at 88.4 is quite reasonable for what is available and for a capital city. As a place with strengths in all categories, Des Moines continues to do well in the rankings.

The gently rolling terrain sits in the shallow valley of the Des Moines River and its tributaries. The climate is continental with a marked seasonal contrast in both temperature and precipitation. The summer season is warm and humid with prevailing southerly winds and precipitation falling mainly as showers and thunderstorms, some heavy. Autumn is characteristically sunny with diminishing precipitation. Winter brings cold dry air, sometimes below 0[dg]F, interrupted by occasional, short show storms. Extensive drifting snow can impede transportation. First freeze is early October, last is early May.

Interesting Facts about Des_Moines, Iowa

As of 2014, Des Moines's population is 204,362 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 2.26 percent.

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The median home cost in Des Moines is $103,100. Home appreciation the last year has been 2.30 percent.

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Compared to the rest of the country, Des Moines's cost of living is 18.10% Lower than the U.S. average.

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Des Moines public schools spend $12,678 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 13.9 students per teacher in Des Moines.

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The unemployment rate in Des Moines is 4.80 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Des Moines jobs have Increased by 4.03 percent.


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Map Of Des_Moines

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Average Commute time is 18 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

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Des Moines's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)

 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes