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-Attractive downtown
-Capital city amenities
-Stable economy


-Air service
-Harsh winters

What Bert Has To Say About Des Moines Metro Area

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. 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 is quite reasonable for what is available and for a capital city.

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 degrees, interrupted by occasional, short show storms. Extensive drifting snow can impede transportation. First freeze is early October, last is early May.


Quick Facts About Des Moines

    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.
    Compared to the rest of the country, Des Moines's cost of living is 18.10% Lower than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, Des Moines's population is 204,362 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 2.26 percent.
    Average Commute time is 18 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    The median home cost in Des Moines is $103,100. Home appreciation the last year has been 2.30 percent.
    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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re: HATE THIS STATE - 3/31/2013
Wow, you must be immortal, invulnerable and eternally young! I'm so glad you'll never suffer old age, infirmity, weight problems or the heartless ignorant comments of... (read more)
re: Des Moines: Bad Place. - 3/22/2007
Des Moines people lie about the truth. To deny wont change anything. Lived here half my life and far outside of Iowa the other. More than 500 miles. Was born here and... (read more)
Life in Iowa
Des Moines is a surprisingly interesting city. Metro area has a population nearing 600,000. Lots of things to see and do in DSM. Well-educated populace. People are... (read more)
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