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Living Here

In Greater Des Moines (DSM), it's easy to live life without compromise. As a local, you'll find affordable living, vibrant Downtown amenities, welcoming suburbs, world-class education and commute times averaging 20 minutes or less. In DSM, you can truly have it all:

  • Top 7 Most Recession-Proof Cities in the U.S. — Livability, 2019 
  • #4 Best Place to Live — U.S. News & World Report, 2018
  • #7 Best Place for Business and Careers — Forbes, 2018
  • Top 10 Best City for Quality of Life — NerdWallet, 2017
  • "World Festival and Event City" — International Festivals and Events Association, 2017
  • #1 Minor League Sports Market — SportsBusiness Journal, 2017

Local Stories

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Living in DSM USA

Did you know DSM is the fastest-growing major metro in the Midwest (according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 2018)? 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 DSM is where you can live life without compromise.

Considering a Move?

We're happy to help! Explore each of the unique communities around DSM and learn about their housing options and local schools or discover Downtown DSM, the region's core and also home to some of the nation's leading major employers. As a region boasting one of the lowest unemployment rates in the U.S., find a list of job and career openings. Need more information? Request a free information packet today.