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Des Moines, IA

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Des Moines is the largest city in Iowa, and its capital, with just over 200,000 residents. It is named for the Des Moines River, meaning “of the monks”. It’s perhaps best known as the site of the Iowa caucuses, and as such is one of the most politically monitored cities in presidential elections. It is also a hub for most of the large insurance companies in the United States, as well as related banks and financial companies. Forbes ranked #1 in “America’s Best Cities for Young Professionals” in 2011 and the “Best Place for Business” in 2010.

Apartments in Des Moines IA


10th Street Lofts
Beds: Studio-2
Baths: 1-1.5


$725 Two bedroom in Des Moines-3505 Beaver Ave
Beds: 2
Baths: 2


$650 Two bedroom in Des Moines-31st St
Beds: 2
Baths: 1


$575 Two bedroom in Des Moines-814 Taylor St
Beds: 2
Baths: 1


$700 One bedroom in Urbandale-432 Tonawanda Dr
Beds: 1
Baths: 1


$525 One bedroom in Urbandale-3722 Douglas Ave
Beds: 1
Baths: 1

Key City Stats

The average age of Des Moines, IA is
25 to 29
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  • Age Demographic of Renters
  • 25 to 29 years
  • 30 to 34 years
  • 35 to 39 years
  • Male
  • 8.82%
  • 7.87%
  • 7.25%
  • Female
  • 8.26%
  • 7.61%
  • 6.48%
is average rent in Des Moines, IA
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  • Rent Range
  • $650 to $699
  • $700 to $749
  • $750 to $799
  • Percentage of household units
  • 10.25%
  • 8.84%
  • 6.5%
of units are available for rent in Des Moines
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  • Vacancy Status
  • For Rent
  • Rented, not occupied
  • Other vacant
  • Housing Units
  • 1849
  • 394
  • 2959
Getting Around in Des Moines, IA

Des Moines is mainly traveled by car, with a freeway interchange specifically designed to keep drivers from being rerouted if they miss an exit (called the “mixmasters”). Its public transit consists mainly of buses within the city and the surrounding suburban areas. Perhaps most interesting, though, is its downtown skywalk system, which allows pedestrians to travel in over 4 miles of enclosed glass tunnels. It is one of the nation’s largest skywalk systems, and promotes walking commutes during the colder months.

Walk Score®
"Somewhat Walkable"
Transit Score®
The average commuter time in Des Moines is:
15 to 19 minutes
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  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 6.36%
  • 8.42%
  • 0.95%

Pappajohn Sculpture Park

<p>The Pappajohn Sculpture Park is located within Western Gateway Park, exhibition of 24 fine arts sculptures by 21 different artists, donated to the public by the Pappajohn family (local Des Moines philanthropists). Its sculptures are valued at over $40 million, and the 4.4 acres of park are located in the midst of downtown Des Moines for easy access to visitors. It has been open since 2009 and is unique in its combination of public space, landscape design, and the sheer value of the sculptures. Admission is always free, and picnicking is encouraged.</p>

Terrace Hill

<p>Terrace Hill is today the governor's official residence, but began as a millionaire's mansion in 1866. It is open to the public for visit, and is a renowned example of Second Empire architecture. When built, it was one of the first houses in the area to include gas lights, indoor restrooms, and an elevator. Overlooking downtown Des Moines and ringing in at an astounding 18,000 square feet, Terrace Hill has hosted the Governor's visiting dignitaries since 1976, and is still used for special events and parties. Visitors can tour the house and view some of its permanent and rotating historical exhibits.</p>

Adventureland Park

<p>Adventureland Park is a nearby amusement park located northeast of the city. Visiting thrill-seekers can enjoy over 100 rides, including steel coasters, wooden coasters, and water rides. The largest family amusement park in Iowa, the park also features magic shows, musical performances, and various circus acts. There's an entire water park section, with a lazy river, raft rides, water slides, and a wave pool. It's similar to Disneyland in its themed areas (the Dragon Island tropical area, a classic Main Street, and a New-Orleans style River City), and in fact, was partially designed by Disney in its early days.</p>