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Des Moines
  • City in Iowa

Report Card

grade B+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    grade C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    grade C
  3. Housing
    grade B minus
  4. Nightlife
    grade A
  5. Good for Families
    grade B
  6. Diversity
    grade A
  7. Jobs
    grade B+
  8. Weather
    grade B minus
  9. Cost of Living
    grade B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    grade B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    grade B
  12. Commute
    grade A

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Des Moines is a city in Iowa with a population of 215,636. Des Moines is in Polk County. Living in Des Moines offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Des Moines there are a lot of bars, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Des Moines and residents tend to have moderate political views.

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About Des Moines...
Population
215,636

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$133,200
National
$217,500
Median Rent
$855
National
$1,062
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
grade C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
  • Assault
    522.5
    national  282.7
  • Murder
    6.4
    national  6.1
  • Rape
    53.6
    national  40.7
  • Robbery
    129.6
    national  135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
  • Burglary
    1,045.9
    national  500.1
  • Theft
    2,443.4
    national  2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    601.2
    national  284

Residents

Diversity
grade A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    national  12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
    national  20%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    national  29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    national  27%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    national  12%

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