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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    A
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    A
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    A-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$195,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$934
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%

West Des Moines Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    160
    283
  • Murder
    2
    6
  • Rape
    32
    41
  • Robbery
    29
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    224
    500
  • Theft
    1,975
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    107
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$70,906
National
$55,322
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    18%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    36%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    14%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%
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West Des Moines Reviews

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The people live up to the "Iowa nice" reputation! There are great public schools, as well as options for private. Shopping and dining options have greatly increased over the past ten years. Cost of living and taxes are also lower than most places. My biggest complaints would be 1)the harsh winter weather and 2)the relatively small airport if you enjoy traveling...(though getting through security usually only takes 10 minutes!).
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West Des Moines is a booming city that still feels like a small-town. It is incredibly family friendly, and the job opportunities are plentiful!
I have lived in West Des Moines a few years now, it is one of the few places in the USA that has not been hit with a natural disaster or any violent crimes. West Des Moines like anywhere has some crime, though it has hasn’t been a lot, I can count on one hand all the crime I have heard of. Some of the neighborhoods in West Des Moines are more expensive to live then other. Traffic can be annoying at times, but it's not a huge issue, especially if you know the back roads to avoid the freeway. During the summer/winter there is a lot to do. We have the Valley Junction actives. Along with Raccoon River is a great place to take your family. It has a dog park, walking trails and fishing areas. We also have a great night life. West Glen is the place to go for great restaurants and bars. There is plenty of shopping areas including Jordan Creek Mall. West Des Moines is the best place to raise your family and make new friends. We have a lot to offer.