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Housing

Whether you’re looking for a Downtown loft, classic suburban home, family-friendly house near great schools or an amazing acreage, we have it here in Greater Des Moines (DSM). Our abundance of housing options fit a wide array of lifestyles. Did you know that Polk County is the number five place where millennials are purchasing homes (Fortune, 2016)?

Whether buying or renting, both new and old neighborhoods offer residents the chance to discover their perfect fit. The diverse communities of the region are ready to welcome you home.

Interested in relocating to DSM? Fill out this form to request an information packet.

Cost of Living Comparison

Compare Des Moines’ cost of living to other cities using the Cost of Living Calculator. The directory can help you find companies, agents and other organizations to make your move to Des Moines seamless. Learn more about affordable living in Downtown Des Moines (DSM).

 URBAN AREA  COMPOSITE INDEX (U.S. 100.0)
 DES MOINES, IA  90.8
 ATLANTA, GA  95.0
 PHOENIX, AZ  96.0
 DETROIT, MI  98.9
 KANSAS CITY, MO, KS   100.2
 DENVER,CO   105.1
 MINNEAPOLIS, MN   110.8
 CHICAGO, IL   118.6
 PORTLAND, OR   118.7
 PHILADELPHIA, PA   122.8
 SAN DIEGO, CA   131.3
 LOS ANGELES/LONG BEACH, CA  134.4
 BOSTON, MA  142.8
 WASHINGTON, DC  150.9
 SAN FRANCISCO, CA   168.3
 NEW YORK (MANHATTAN), NY   229.6

RENT

The region has a variety of affordable apartments and houses for rent. Choose a spacious townhome or a stylish Downtown loft great for young professionals and empty nesters alike. Invite friends over for a glass of wine on the balcony, or grill dinner on the lawn. Whatever home means to you, we have the options for you to rent. 

The chart compares rent prices for different areas in the region. 

Submarket

Efficiency

1-Bedroom

2-Bedroom

3-Bedroom

East

$520

$662

$765

$1,129

South

$643

$651

$719

$941

West

$561

$643

$759

$1,211

Central Business District

$748

$911

$1,196

$1,752

West Suburbs

$754

$826

$877

$1,119

Average Greater Des Moines

$708

$770

$835

$1,113

 

Source: Des Moines Metro Apartment Survey, 2016, CBRE/Hubbell Commercial

BUY

The Greater Des Moines (DSM) real estate market is booming. Homes here are more affordable than the national average, and people can buy more while spending less. With the median cost of a home at just $181,300, now is the time to buy a house in Des Moines. 

For more information, contact the Des Moines Area Association of Realtors or the Home Builders Association of Greater Des Moines.

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