Are you moving to Des Moines and planning on building a custom home? We’ve made a list of the top things you need to know about living in Central Iowa including info regarding top schools, the best suburbs, and entertainment and dining options.
We’re glad you’re joining us, and we look forward to working with you to build the custom home of your dreams.
1. Des Moines Consistently Ranks High In Surveys
We think the Des Moines area is a great place to live for a variety of reasons, but don’t take our word for it, listen to what other National publications have to say:
The Best Place to Live & Quality of Life:
- #5 Best Place to Live in the U.S. - U.S. News & World Report, 2019
- #8 Best U.S. City for Work-Life Balance – GOBankingRates, 2019
- #7 Best City for Living the American Dream – SmartAsset, 2019
- #4 Top City With a Low Cost of Living and High Quality of Life – BadCredit.org, 2018
Great for Careers & Finances:
- #3 Best City for High Salaries and Low Costs of Living – The Ascent, 2019
- Top 10 Best Place for Business and Careers – Forbes, 2019
- #3 Top Market for Opportunity Employment Share – Site Selection, 2019
- #7 Hot Spot for Data Science Jobs – Burning Glass, 2019
- #6 Best Places to Work in Tech – SmartAsset, 2019
- #3 Best Affordable Place to Live in the U.S. – U.S. News & World Report, 2019
- Top 7 Most Recession-Proof Cities in the U.S. – Livability, 2019
- #3 Best Place to Live with a Low Cost of Living – Business Insider, 2017
Great for Home Buyers
2. Facts About Des Moines
Founded in 1843, the U.S. War Department built a fort near the Des Moines River. The fort was named after the Des Moines River, which was thought to be French for “River of the Monks” but was shortened to “Des Moines” in 1857.
As of 2018, the population of Des Moines is just under 217,000 and adding in the surrounding suburbs pushed the number of residents to over 655,000 people living in the area which makes it the 89th largest population area.
Suburbs of Des Moines include West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, Urbandale, Johnston, Grimes, Windsor Heights, Ankeny, Altoona, Bondurant, Pleasant Hill, Carlisle, and Norwalk.
How to pronounce Des Moines? The S’s are silent so it’s pronounced “De Moine”. Learn more at the Catch Des Moines website.
3. Des Moines Has Tons of Parks, Recreation and Healthy Living Options
The Des Moines area has invested heavily in parks and recreation with the City of Des Moines being home to over 75 parks, 3 city-owned golf courses, 3 family aquatic centers, five community centers, and 3 stand-alone swimming pools. Suburbs of Des Moines have even more parks and recreation options.
Popular area options include Gray’s Lake, Saylorville Lake, Big Creek State Park, Easter Lake, Principal River Walk, High Trestle Trail,
Biking is popular in the area with over 550 miles of Des Moines area bike trails, including marked bike lanes throughout the city.
4. Education Options in Des Moines are Abundant
Iowa places a large priority on education at all grade levels and offers great educational options from preschool to college.
According to Niche.com, here are the 10 top-rated school districts in Central Iowa:
- Johnston Community School District
- Ankeny Community School District
- Waukee Community School District
- Dallas Center-Grimes Community School District
- North Polk Community School District
- West Des Moines Community School District
- Indianola Community School District
- Urbandale Community School District
- Southeast Polk Community School District
- Bondurant-Farrar Community School District
Colleges in the area include:
5. Des Moines Entertainment, Attractions, and Events
We also know how to have fun, and we love sharing time with family and friends. Here are some Des Moines entertainment options:
- Iowa State Capitol
- State of Iowa Historical Museum
- Science Center of Iowa
- World Food Prize
- Des Moines Botanical Center
- Living History Farms
- Des Moines Art Center
- Pappajohn Sculpture Park
- Des Moines Community Playhouse
- Des Moines Performing Arts - Civic Center
Amusement Parks, Zoos, Casinos:
Fairs, Music, Festivals:
- Iowa State Fair
- Downtown Farmer’s Market
- 80/35 Music Festival
- 515 Alive Music Festival
- Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival
- Des Moines Arts Festival
- Des Moines Symphony
6. Popular Dining Options in Des Moines
We also love great food. Who would have thought since we are in the middle of the farm belt?
According to Trip Advisor, here are the 10 best places to eat in Des Moines:
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