Where to Live: Des Moines, IA

Welcome to the state capital. Des Moines has a lot of offer, including wonderful housing and excellent food. Check out all this great city has in store for you!

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Quick Facts about Des Moines

A city of 200,000, Des Moines prides itself on its small town atmosphere. An exciting downtown environment with the largest system of skywalks (blocks per capita) in the nation, there is always someplace new to be and something new to see. Keep reading to find out what makes Des Moines, Des Moines.

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Top Neighborhoods

A thriving metropolis in the top state for a variety of crops and farm animals, Des Moines offers a unique environment that many are happy to call "home". Where will you hang your hat?

  1. Waukee
  2. North Liberty
  3. Johnston
  4. Grimes
  5. Clive
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Restaurants

Fresh, local produce and friendly service makes for an excellent dining experience in Des Moines. Be sure to stop in one (or all) of these favorites!

  1. The Cheese Shop
  2. Centro Restaurant
  3. Patton's Restaurant
  4. Fong's Pizze
  5. Luigi's Italian Restaurante
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Culture

Des Moines history goes back farther than Iowa's incorporation as the 29th state. Rich in culture, Des Moines celebrates its past in the present at these top rated establishments:

  1. Des Moines Art Center
  2. Salisbury House
  3. World Food Prize Hall of Laureates
  4. State Historical Museum
  5. Iowa hall of Pride
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Outdoor Recreation

Catch a breath of fresh air and visit these top picks to enjoy the outdoors in Des Moines:

  1. Iowa State Fair
  2. Dowtown Farmers Market
  3. Papajohn Sculpture Park
  4. Principal Park
  5. Grays Lake Park
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Nightlife

A dynamic nightlife is not lacking from this city's list of things to do. Kick back for an entertaining night in Des Moines after dark:

  1. El Bait Shop
  2. High Life Lounge
  3. Mickey's Irish Pub
  4. Hessen Haus
  5. Up-Down
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School Districts

Des Moines recognizes the importance of a quality education. Here are a few of the highly ranked schools in the area:

  1. Lawson Elementary School
  2. Jefferson Elementary School
  3. The Downtown School
  4. Greenwood Elementary School
  5. Hubbell Elementary School