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Living Here

Number 1 Most Affordable Place to Buy Your First Home Statistic

Greater Des Moines (DSM) is more than a city. It’s a way of life with welcoming suburban communities and world-class education throughout the region. It's also the fastest growing metro in the Midwest (according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 2016). The region is also among those with the lowest unemployment rates in the U.S., meaning jobs are abundant.


Living here means Saturdays at the nationally renowned Downtown Farmers’ Market, afternoons strolling in the Pappajohn Sculpture Park, an abundance of sporting events and trails for walking, running and biking, opportunities to participate in community events and nationally ranked high quality of living. It means biking to the job you love, and coming home to a community of friends and family. Residents care about their community, making a difference for everyone who lives here. This is a place where culture flourishes and opportunities can grow, where a work/life balance can be achieved, where education is unmatched and award-winning arts and entertainment is always just around the corner. You will find that DSM is the place to be.

Explore each of the unique cities around DSM and uncover exciting places filled with opportunity. From the city streets of Downtown Des Moines (DSM) to the family-friendly neighborhoods of the suburbs, each community has its own unique appeal — all within an easy commute to anywhere in the region.