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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.

Overall, Des Moines, Iowa cost of living is 81.90.

  COST OF LIVINGDes Moines, IowaUnited States
  Overall  82100
  Grocery  94.5100
  Health  85100
  Housing  61100
  Utilities  91100
  Transportation  98100
  Miscellaneous  89100


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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)
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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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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