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Why You'll Love Living in Des Moines

From a 360-degree view to highlights of art and entertainment in DSM USA, view any of the videos below to get a virtual tour of why this must be the place. Visit other pages in this toolkit for more information about DSM, then come visit us or request information about relocation!


Greater Des Moines (DSM) communities have a lot to offer. Whether you're looking for restaurants and nightlife in Des Moines, great school districts or outdoor activities and parks, Des Moines communities will never let you down. And with many Des Moines suburbs experiencing explosive population growth, new restaurants, breweries, bars and social spaces are popping up across Greater Des Moines.

Learn more about the communities that make DSM a great place to call home.


In DSM, education comes first. From cradle through career, we offer world-class educational opportunities that are accessible to all. Did you know that Iowa consistently ranks in the top five states nationally for statewide average scores on college entry exams? Or that the region alone boasts 17 higher education institutions? According to the Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics, Iowa has the highest graduation rate in the nation, more than eight percent higher than the U.S. average. From elementary through high school, college and beyond, we exceed the grade in Des Moines.

Affordable Housing

Greater Des Moines is consistently appearing on lists of the top places in the United States to purchase a home. In fact, in 2019 it was ranked top five in several lists:

From chic urban lofts to historical Victorians and planned neighborhoods with ample green space to rural acreages with rolling hills, moving to Des Moines may mean you can finally afford to buy your dream house.

If you're curious about how living expenses compare to your current location, check out our Des Moines cost of living calculator.

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Things To Do

DSM consistently tops the list of fastest-growing major metro areas in the Midwest. This growth brings business, and there is no shortage of exciting new restaurants, bars, breweries and entertainment venues. Whether you're looking for museums or music, trails or taprooms, you'll have no trouble finding fun things to do in Des Moines.

For more information about things to do in DSM USA, visit Catch Des Moines. To learn more about moving to Des Moines, request a relocation packet.