Cost of Living
- Des Moines is located at the crossroads of I-35 and I-80, major interstates that span coasts and borders.
- Downtown Des Moines can be traversed on foot and, in the winter, by four miles of connecting skywalks.
- There are many bicycle trails in and around Des Moines. The city also has a public bike share program called BCycle.
- Enjoy regional bus service from the Des Moines Regional Transit Authority (DART). A free downtown shuttle is also available.
Notable Communities and Neighborhoods
Des Moines Neighborhoods
- Beaverdale: Largest neighborhood in the city; known for its tree-lined streets and distinctive brick houses.
- East Village: Walkable, trendy and full of character, the Historic East Village offers residents the big city feel.
- Sherman Hill: Des Moines’ oldest residential neighborhood and offers a rich blend of distinct architecture and history.
- Market District: One of downtown Des Moines' up-and-coming areas featuring new residential buildings, bars and restaurants.
Des Moines Suburbs
- Altoona: Home of Adventureland. Small-town feeling. Great place to raise a family.
- Ankeny: Boasts more than 40 parks and playgrounds and one of the fastest growing cities in the country according to the U.S Census Bureau.
- Clive: Offers a great trail system for those who enjoy the outdoors.
- Grimes: Offers a more rural or country-feeling lifestyle.
- Johnston: Offers larger lots and home sizes for the growing family. Miles of trails and other family-friendly amenities.
- Pleasant Hill: A young and vibrant community with rapid growth.
- Norwalk: A great southern suburb to raise a family.
- Urbandale: Named “Best Suburb For Buying Your First Home” by Movoto.
- Waukee: One of Iowa’s fastest-growing cities. “Best Public School System”
- West Des Moines: Find the conveniences of the city and the benefits of a suburb.
- Windsor Heights: An easy commute to downtown Des Moines.
Public School Districts
- Adel DeSoto Minburn Community School District
- Ankeny Community School District
- Bondurant-Farrar Community School District
- Carlisle Community School District
- Dallas Center-Grimes Community School District
- Des Moines Public Schools
- Johnston Community School District
- North Polk Community School District
- Norwalk Community School District
- Prairie City-Monroe Community School District
- Saydel Community School District
- Southeast Polk Community District
- Urbandale Community School District
- Van Meter Community School District
- Waukee Community School District
- West Des Moines Community School District
- Ankeny Christian Academy
- Catholic Tuition Organization - Diocese of Des Moines
- Des Moines Christian School
- Grand View Christian School
- Heart of Iowa STO
- Iowa Christian Academy
- Iowa Lutheran School Tuition Organization
- Legacy of Grace STO
Higher Education Options
- Central College
- Des Moines Area Community College
- Des Moines University - Iowa Health Sciences University
- Drake University
- Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary
- Grand View University
- Grinnell College
- Iowa Valley Community College District
- Mercy College of Health Sciences
- Purdue Global - Des Moines Campus
- Simpson College
- University of Iowa - Des Moines Programs
- Iowa State University
- Des Moines Water Works
- Mid-American Energy Company
- MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center
- UnityPoint Health-Iowa Methodist Medical Center
- Blank Children’s Hospital
- Broadlawns Medical Center
- MercyOne West Des Moines Medical Center
- Dallas County Hospital
Local Attractions and Things to Do
- The Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI)
- The 80/35 Music Festival
- Iowa State Fair
- Downtown Des Moines Farmers Market
- Living History Farms
- Adventureland Park
- Sleepy Hollow Sports Park
- Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino
- Des Moines Art Center
- Science Center of Iowa
- Historical Museum
- Capitol Building
- Take a daytrip to the Tulip Time Festival in Pella.
Parks & Recreation
- Iowa Parks and Recreation
- Iowa Department of Natural Resources
- Altoona Parks and Recreation
- Ankeny Parks and Recreation
- Bondurant Parks and Recreation
- Carlisle Parks and Recreation
- Clive Parks and Recreation
- Des Moines Parks and Recreation
- Grimes Parks and Recreation
- Grinnell Parks and Recreation
- Indianola Parks and Recreation
- Johnston Parks and Recreation
- Knoxville Parks and Recreation
- Newton Parks and Recreation
- Norwalk Parks and Recreation
- Pella Parks and Recreation
- Pleasant Hill Parks and Recreation
- Polk City Parks and Recreation
- Urbandale Parks and Recreation
- Windsor Heights Parks and Recreation
- Waukee Parks and Recreation
- West Des Moines Parks and Recreation
- Winterset Parks and Recreation