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Greater Des Moines Recognized as Top Place For Young Professionals

August 14, 2023

GREATER DES MOINES, IA (Aug. 14, 2023) – Greater Des Moines (DSM) has been named the #1 Place for Young Professionals to live, according to Forbes.  

DSM was recognized as an affordable place to live with significant major employers and ample quality of life amenities.  

  • DSM ranked eighth-lowest for monthly rent costs at $1,103. 
  • DSM’s unemployment rate ranks seventh-lowest among the top 100 markets at 2.4%, and “applicants reportedly find work quickly.” 
  • The region has a median age of 36.4 years.  
  • “The (DSM region) is full of vibrant attractions and events that appeal to young adults, such as annual festivals and music and entertainment venues throughout Downtown Des Moines.” 

“Given what we know about the regional advantages of DSM, it is no surprise that DSM is the fastest-growing major metro in the Midwest and the best place for young professionals,” said Tiffany Tauscheck, President & CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. “In DSM, you have the opportunity to affordably experience world-class amenities, catapult your career and have your fingerprints on the future of the region.” 

The Greater Des Moines Partnership recently hosted more than 315 summer interns representing more than 70 employers and more than 50 colleges from across the country in its Intern Connection event series. Additionally, the Young Professionals Connection offers ongoing events and programing to promote an environment that attracts and retains young professionals in DSM. 

About the Greater Des Moines Partnership 

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 24 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,500 Regional Business Members and more than 400 Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes DSM as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at DSMpartnership.com