A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Real Estate
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$117,800
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$754
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    39%
  • Own
    61%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

    Crime & Safety

    Crime & Safety
    C
    Based on violent and property crime rates.
    Violent Crimes
    • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
    National
    • Assault
      514
      273
    • Murder
      9
      6
    • Rape
      57
      41
    • Robbery
      134
      133
    Property Crimes
    • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
    National
    • Burglary
      956
      525
    • Theft
      2,604
      2,081
    • Motor Vehicle Theft
      452
      263

    Residents

    Diversity
    A
    Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
    Median Household Income
    $46,290
    National
    $53,889
    Children
    22%
    Education Levels
    National
    • Master's degree or higher
      7%
      11%
    • Bachelor's degree
      18%
      19%
    • Some college or associate's degree
      31%
      29%
    • High school diploma or equivalent
      31%
      28%
    • Less than high school diploma
      13%
      13%

    Des Moines Reviews

    63 reviews
    All Categories
    I love Des Moines, Iowa. With the beautiful city scape and river passing on the downtown edge, there is always a beautiful sunrise or sunset. Many of the people you meet are welcoming and helpful, has that small town feel within a city atmosphere. Travel twenty minutes outside of Des Moines and you have beautiful landscapes of farms. I lived downtown for two years and loved every moment, always something to do, eat, or see!
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    I moved to Des Moines, Iowa about 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA. I was skeptical at first as I was coming from a very diverse and cultural environment where the food was excellent, the entertainment top notch and the cultural fluent.


    After a few months, I began feeling comfortable and ventured out to explore the city. I found art and theater as well as excellent food and unique fare. I became involved in many social activities and began making friends. I discovered that Des Moines had so much to offer for all ages. The best part for me are the seasons. The beauty of fall, the snow of winter, the flowers in spring and the warm summer evenings welcomed a stranger like me.

    I have experienced so much here that I could actually say is much more of an improvement than my previous home. Des Moines is laid back, welcoming, cost effective and a great place to raise children. The healthcare is incredible and the educational opportunities are among the best in the country.
    I love all of the food options in Des Moines, coming from a city like Chicago, I didn't think there would be that big of a variety, but I was wrong. The bars are a fun place to go on weekends or for an evening martini at the Rooftop bar. The bars also have a variety of venues such as country, games, dancing, and hangout bars. I feel very safe in the Des Moines area, there are always public safety cars around campus that drive through our neighborhood. I really enjoy the people, everyone is very nice and will help you if you need it. Overall, it's a great place to live, especially as a young adult.