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    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
    NG
  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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South Des Moines is a neighborhood in Kent, Washington. South Des Moines is in King County and is one of the best places to live in Washington. Living in South Des Moines offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In South Des Moines there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Residents of South Des Moines tend to be liberal. The public schools in South Des Moines are above average.
About South Des Moines...
Population
Neighborhood in
Kent

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$145,577
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$836
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    58%
  • Own
    42%
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Crime & Safety

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

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$38,642
National
$55,322
Children
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
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You can take the public bus system or the train to Seattle or Tacoma. Des Moines is One bus to a grocery store or walk to the neighborhood market. Des Moines is in between Seattle, Renton, Kent, Burien.
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Des Moines is a very good city if you have a family. It's safe and kids friendly. However, the real state market is very poor. It's hard to own a house here due to the price and vacancy.