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  COST OF LIVING OVERVIEW
  

Our cost of living indices are based on a US average of 100. An amount below 100 means Des Moines, Iowa is cheaper than the US average. A cost of living index above 100 means Des Moines, Iowa is more expensive.

Overall, Des Moines, Iowa cost of living is 82.70.

  COST OF LIVINGDes Moines, IowaUnited States
  Overall  83100
  Grocery  92.8100
  Health  87100
  Housing  64100
  Utilities  88100
  Transportation  96100
  Miscellaneous  90100


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Central Iowa transportation...
I love Iowa, I love the seasons, the people, the attractions, downtown, even the interstate. I noticed on our last trip down south just how lucky we were up here with... (read more)
Des Moines lacks adequate public transit
Des Moines lacks adequate public... (read more)
weather
The weather in Des Moines is very extream. In the winter it is cold with snow. If the cold does not get you the wind chill is way past what normal people should be... (read more)
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  GENERAL COMMENTS
  
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)
Ease of living and medicrity allows the marginal t
The blackhole that keeps you in or sucks you back, traps visitors in and those too feeble to... (read more)
HATE THIS STATE
Trash everywhere in Des Moines. Dirty, bleak, and dismal. People here are fat and disgusting. Seems like everyone is old, sick, or dying. The weather is beyond... (read more)
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