Des Moines, Iowa 

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+6.3% since 2020

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8.6 / 4.7

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Best Places to Live in Des Moines, Iowa

Des Moines, Iowa is an exciting city full of possibilities for those who want to experience something new. Nature lovers can explore the trails at Water Works Park and admire the views of downtown from the Des Moines Riverwalk. History buffs can visit the State Capitol Building or learn more about local culture at the African American Museum of Iowa and Salisbury House & Garden. Arts enthusiasts will enjoy exploring the many galleries in town while foodies can find delicious eats at a variety of restaurants in the area. Shopping fans will love browsing through Jordan Creek Town Center or Valley West Mall. With its wide selection of attractions, Des Moines is an absolute must-visit destination! Capital city - Just south of geographic center of Iowa.
State: Iowa
County: Polk County
Metro Area: Des Moines-West Des Moines Metro Area
City: Des Moines
Zip Codes: 50317, 50315, 50310, 50320, 50313, 50316, 50312, 50311, 50314, 50321, 12 total
Cost of Living: -21.3% lower
Time zone: Central Standard Time (CST)
Elevation: 963 ft above sea level

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Des Moines, Ia Housing Market
Least Expensive HomesHomes Over 2,000 Sq. Ft.
Most Expensive HomesHomes less than 10 yrs old
All Single Family Homes
Attractive downtown
Capital city amenities
Stable economy
Air service
Harsh winters

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.


The unemployment rate in Des Moines is 5.9% (U.S. avg. is 6.0%). Recent job growth is Positive. Des Moines jobs have increased by 2.7%. More Economy

Compared to the rest of the country, Des Moines's cost of living is 21.3% lower than the U.S. average. More Cost of Living or Compare Des Moines's Cost of Living

September, June and May are the most pleasant months in Des Moines, while January and December are the least comfortable months. Today's Weather | Climate Averages

In the last Presidential election, Polk county remained very strongly Democratic, 56.5% to 41.3%. More Voting Stats

Des Moines's population is 213,545 people. Since 2020, it has had a population growth of 6.3%. Learn More...

Average Commute time is 18.8 minutes. The National Average is 26.4 minutes. Learn More...

The median home cost in Des Moines is Real Estate: $175,700. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been 11.1%.

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. More Education

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Housing Market in Des Moines

It's a good time to buy in Des Moines. Home Appreciation is up 11.1% in the last 12 months.
The median home price in Des Moines is $175,700.
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Reviews for Des Moines   53 Reviews
Living in Des Moines as a teen - 12/21/2020
Des Moines is a ok and pretty quiet place but as a teen it could be dramatic because Des Moines do have is fair or violents places to avoid in Des Moines would be the... Read More

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Scary - 4/4/2020
This city is violent, there are too many gangs especially on the north... Read More
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Parka and meat loaf - 11/20/2019
Good for the old that like slow pace and cheap buffets. Also good for non-descript mid-westerners that don't like a lot of action. No nightlife or mountains to hike... Read More

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