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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 215,932. 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. The public schools in Des Moines are above average.
About Des Moines...
Population
215,932

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$127,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$822
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%
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Des Moines Rankings

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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
    522.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    53.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    129.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,045.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,443.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    601.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 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
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%

Working in Des Moines

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$52,251
National
$55,322
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So far I have had a great experience living in Des Moines. I have lived in the area for almost 3 years and I have never had any problems with my neighbors. I have moved 3 times in these three years. It is also a great place for people raised in small towns to go out and ease themselves into a city life. It is a good place to learn about other people and their walks of life too! I scored affordability low because it is harder to pay for living for younger adults, especially if you don't have roomates.
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Des Moines is completely different to where i originally came from: New York, Bronx! I'm about to hit 5 years here on August 4th, and I've gone through a lot of things here both good and bad. When it comes to wanting a life that is much more simple, quieter and a place with an average cost of living then Iowa is actually nice! I like the people here and DUE to the people here I was able to calm down from being the very hostile New Yorker to a very friendly 'Iowan'... it's nice, if I can say so myself. There's quite a lot of grass and country type of ordeals that makes going outside a lot more fun and enjoyable if you like nature as well! Des Moines is also expanding slowly so there's always new stuff that comes! And it is also small enough where they have this thing called the Iowa State Fair, it's pretty dope. Overall, Des Moines is pretty nice - sometimes it's still odd that I actually live here now, but I do, and I will make the best of it like I been doing for the past five years.
Low cost of living! Extremely low unemployment rates! Up and coming city full of festivals and events without the crime rates! Des Moines city planners are fiscally responsible for the most part and seem to invest a lot in beautifying the city. The sculpture park, state historical museum, east village, art center, botanical center, plentiful libraries and miles upon miles of bike and walking paths may not seem that crazy appealing for tourists but they sure make the city much more livable.