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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 214,778. Des Moines is in Polk County. Living in Des Moines offers residents a 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. The public schools in Des Moines are above average.
About Des Moines...
Population
214,778

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$123,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$797
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
    456.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    12.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    33.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    167.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,099.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,734.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    579.9
    284
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Residents

Diversity
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
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    18%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%

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I love Des Moines and surrounding communities. Everything you may need is right here ! Family oriented and boredom is rare. DesMoines has so much to offer your life and a great place to raise a family nonmatter your ethnicity. Great schools, great shopping, and all around endless possibilties!
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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.
I have lived in Des Moines for most of my life, I call this city my home and take pride in it. The holiday celebrations the city and it's people all do is very memorable and not to mention the many activities available, from concerts by the river to local farmers' markets downtown and many ethical fests. I have grown up here and have gone on many adventures with trying out different restaurants and sitting in on open-mic nights and even riding bikes in the night and watching over the city from parking garages. Des Moines has changed and improved much but never lost it's greatness in being unique to Iowa and a fantastic home to many.