Des Moines, Iowa 

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Population

210,330

9% Growth

Unemployment Rate

4.4%

Median Income

$46,430

Avg. Home Price

$132,500

Best Places to Live in Des Moines, Iowa

Capital city - Just south of geographic center of Iowa
Pros
-Attractive downtown
-Capital city amenities
-Stable economy
Cons
-Entertainment
-Air service
-Harsh winters

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What Bert Has To Say About Des Moines-West 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.


QUICK FACTS

Real Estate: For Sale  For Rent
Country: United States
State: Iowa
County: Polk County
Metro Area: Des Moines-West Des Moines Metro Area
City: Des Moines
Zip Codes: 50315, 50317, 50310, 50320, 50313, 50316, 50311, 50312, 50314, 50321, 12 total
Time zone: Central Standard Time (CST)
Elevation: 963 ft above sea level

Highlights

ECONOMY
The unemployment rate in Des Moines is 4.4% (U.S. avg. is 5.2%). Recent job growth is Positive. Des Moines jobs have increased by 0.70%. Learn More...
COST OF LIVING
Compared to the rest of the country, Des Moines's cost of living is 14.10% lower than the U.S. average. Learn More... or Compare Des Moines's Cost of Living
POPULATION
Des Moines's population is 210,330 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 8.87%. Learn More...
TRANSPORTATION
Average Commute time is 28 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes. Learn More...
REAL ESTATE
The median home cost in Des Moines is $132,500. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been 6.67%. Check out the homes in the area.
SCHOOLS
Des Moines public schools spend $13,268 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 14.3 students per teacher in Des Moines. Learn More...

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Housing Market in Des Moines

It's a good time to buy in Des Moines. Home Appreciation is up 6.7% in the last 12 months. Browse Des Moines Real Estate.

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Reviews for Des Moines   47 Reviews
overpriced everything and unfriendly - 1/27/2018
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

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Not a city for renters - 9/15/2016
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 - 12/24/2014
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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ZIP CODES IN DES MOINES, IOWA
50315, 50317, 50310, 50320, 50313, 50316, 50311, 50312, 50314, 50321, 12 total
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