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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    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
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    A-
Des Moines is a city in Iowa with a population of 212,859. Des Moines is in Polk County and is one of the best places to live in Iowa. Living in Des Moines offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Des Moines there are a lot of bars and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Des Moines and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Des Moines are above average.
About Des Moines...
Population
212,859

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$119,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$775
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    485
    283
  • Murder
    6
    6
  • Rape
    57
    41
  • Robbery
    150
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    919
    500
  • Theft
    2,799
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    481
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$48,088
National
$55,322
Children
21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    18%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
    13%

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Des Moines I a wonderful place to grow, learn, work and raise a family. You will be exposed to a tremendous public school system that actually educates, and a Midwestern work ethic that comes from a rural small town feel. The downtown has been revitalized and the local economy is driven by the banking and insurance industries. Des Moines is the capital city of the state, but is has a small town charm that is hard to beat! I was born and raised here, and wouldn't trade my Iowa upbringing for anything offered anywhere. All of the things that matter to younger people can be attained here. Des Moines is family friendly, the cost of living is low, real estate is not so high as to prevent home ownership, health lifestyles are encouraged, and it is a safe place to live.
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Des Moines is a wonderful place to live. In Des Moines everyone belongs, and everyone is accepted. Although it is a smaller and lesser known city, there are a vast amount of opportunities for each and every individual no matter their race, ethnicity, age etc. As years continue, Des Moines continues to expand rapidly. Our population increases every year, as well as housing, buildings, businesses etc. Have yet to be disappointed with the city, and I will continue to live, grow, and thrive here as long as I can. I would recommend this city for living to anyone who asks.
I like Des Moines because it is a great place to raise children. It is relativity safe with not much violence such as gang activity and murder. It is relativity affordable as far as the cost of living including: rent, groceries, gas, etc. I feel like the only area out city really lacks in is our nightlife culture which as come quite a way since I was growing up. There is a relative improvement from 10-15 years ago. The job market is pretty diverse and there are lots of different opportunities available for people within all walks of life. Overall I think that Des Moines is a great place to live.