Living in Des Moines

Take a look at us—you'll like what you see.

If you’re looking for a great place to live, learn, work and play, take a look at Des Moines! With easy access to great cultural attractions, eclectic local shopping, dining options, and sporting events, Des Moines offers something for everyone, no matter the season. As Iowa’s capital, Des Moines is a hub of activity including: outdoor concerts, hundreds of miles of bike trails, Broadway musicals at the Des Moines Civic Center, outdoor skating at Brenton Skating Plaza, a world-class art center, science center with IMAX, Division I collegiate and professional sporting events, plus much more!

Des Moines and its surrounding communities offer outstanding quality of life and often appear on "best places to live" lists for affordability, low crime rates, excellent schools, and commitment to health and wellness. With a metro population of nearly 700,000, Des Moines offers all the big city amenities while maintaining all the comforts and charm of a mid-sized community. 

We're not in the middle of nowhere—we're in the center of everywhere. Des Moines is right on the interstate, and with the Des Moines Airport only minutes away, you can easily get anywhere you want to go.

The State of Iowa boasts miles of rivers, streams, trails, and roads for some of the best fishing, biking, boating, and hiking in the nation. Iowa is a dynamic mix of farming, manufacturing, biotechnology, and finance. Iowa is also the home of more than 250 commercial vineyards and over 100 wineries.

Des Moines


  • Ranked #1 State in the Country — U.S. News & World Report, 2018
  • Ranked #2 Most Affordable housing  — U.S. News & World Report 
  • Ranked #3 in health care nationwide — U.S. News & World Report
  • Ranked #1 in high school graduation rate — U.S. News & World Report

Where We're Located

Des Moines is situated at the crossroads of two major interstates, I-80 and I-35, making it only a few hours from other great cities.