A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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

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%

Des Moines Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

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%
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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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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!
Just depends on what you're looking for. Des Moines is growing rapidly. Cost of living is generally low. Tons of local shops and farmers markets, and there's no shortage of job opportunities so young professionals can earn great experience.
Downtown and West DSM are pretty trendy and more expensive overall, but ideal for having any kind of a social life. Ankeny is a great alternative as well (slightly expensive but higher quality). The South side and East tend to have more crime overall. I wouldn't live there personally, but housing it is cheap (if that's what you're looking for).
However, while Iowa is great for raising families and settling down, if you're a young, single person (especially in your late 20s or early 30s) it can get kind of dull after a while as you'll meet very few people who are also single by that age.