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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.

Des Moines, Iowa cost of living is 82.70.

Housing is the biggest factor in the cost of living difference.
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  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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overpriced everything and unfriendly

The shock is housing prices here are comparable to bigger cities like Charlotte, Dallas act and should not be. Its a podunk area with no culture, great restaurant with... (Read More)



Not a city for renters

I will be moving to Des Moines due to a job offer. Little did I know that it is extremely expensive to live here. It's a little deceiving since everything you read... (Read More)



Good housing value for most

I'm living in a hotel in Des Moines and looking for a place to live. What I've found is that Des Moines has a tremendous amount of subsidized (known as "income... (Read More)



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