What's So Great About Des Moines
The housing market is still hot in many of Des Moines’ city and suburbs and there is good reason: Des Moines is one of the best places to live, work, raise a family, and retire.
Take West Des Moines for instance. Bloomberg Business has called West Des Moines one of the best places to raise children and one of the most “exciting” small cities.
Des Moines Has High-Quality Jobs
Overall, the state of Iowa has an unemployment rate of 3.8 percent and the Des Moines area has an unemployment rate of just 3.2 percent! Des Moines also has a relatively high per-capita income and a comparatively low cost of living. In fact, five years ago, Des Moines was rated the richest metropolitan area in the United States.
For young professionals, Des Moines is the place to be. MoneyUnder30.com just ranked Des Moines 4th on the “Best Cities in America for Young Adults to Get Rich.” Similarly, the area is ranked overall as a great city for young professionals by PropertyCasualty360.com.
Forbes named the Des Moines/West Des Moines metro area #1 for young professionals, citing the fact that the area has one company of 500 or more employees for every 600 residents.
Des Moines is Family-Friendly
Whether it is the top-notch parks or being ranked by Robert Half Technology as the 10th best city to live and work, Des Moines is a city on the rise.
Value Penguin, a website focused on personal finance issues ranked Des Moines as the 4th best cities for young families.
One of the factors young families take into consideration when deciding where to live is education and West Des Moines has some of the best public schools in the state. Real estate site Movoto named the city as one of the top ten small cities for education.
Valley High School is listed 8th, and Waukee Senior High, earned the number ten spot in U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 list of best high schools in Iowa
Access to Nature
Whether you want dog parks, nature trails, or just public green space, the Des Moines Metro has you covered. Nearly every city has a dog park and an aquatic center. There are over 1500 acres of parks in the metro area.
There are over a dozen golf courses, free basketball courts, beaches, lakes, and tennis courts.
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