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West Des Moines, IA

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Incorporated in 1893, West Des Moines is the wealthiest suburb of the larger metropolitan city of Des Moines. Though West Des Moines has changed throughout time, it still maintains some of its historical roots, including the Jordan House. Home to many businesses, residential neighborhoods, and recreational venues, West Des Moines offers a high quality of life for its residents. Located in the Raccoon River Valley, the city also provides easy access to the rest of Des Moines along with other surrounding areas.

West Des Moines Apartments

$1183

Springs At Jordan Creek
Beds: Studio-3  •  Baths: 1-2

$850-$1500

TurtleCreek
Beds: 1-2
Baths: 1-2

$865-$1480

Saddlebrook
Beds: 1-2
Baths: 1-2

$700

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

$650

$650 Two bedroom in Urbandale-6316 Urbandale Ave
Beds: 2
Baths: 1

$625

$625 Two bedroom in Grimes-612 Ne 4th St
Beds: 2
Baths: 1

Key City Stats

The average age of West 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
  • 10.99%
  • 8.62%
  • 8.21%
  • Female
  • 10.82%
  • 7.39%
  • 7.79%
$828
is average rent in West Des Moines, IA
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  • Rent Range
  • $650 to $699
  • $700 to $749
  • $750 to $799
  • Percentage of household units
  • 11.61%
  • 8.82%
  • 10.9%
49.95%
of units are available for rent in West Des Moines
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  • Vacancy Status
  • For Rent
  • Rented, not occupied
  • Other vacant
  • Housing Units
  • 996
  • 73
  • 352
Getting Around in West Des Moines, IA

29
Walk Score®
"Car-Dependent"
N/A
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The average commuter time in West Des Moines is:
10 to 14 minutes
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  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 4.95%
  • 5.41%
  • 0.56%

Family Friendly Recre

With over 1200 acres of parkland and open areas, West Des Moines has plenty to offer residents in the way of recreational activities. A community center, an aquatic center, and a softball complex are all operated under the Recreation Department in order to encourage community involvement. One of the more popular parks, Raccoon River Park, provides boat access, fishing areas, and a public swimming beach, making it the ideal place to spend a day with the entire family. If walking or hiking is more up your alley, the city has over 48 miles of trails that run throughout it.

A-May-Zing Days

For seemingly non-stop activities, West Des Moines has it covered with a month-long celebration. The city is home to A-May-Zing Days, which dominates the entire month of May. The festival first took place in 2008 and continues to grow. With many different events such as the Festivale Cinco De Mayo and the Junction Farmers Market, there is something suitable for all ages. The Principal Charity Golf Classic and an art show are also held as part of this festival. With over 100 vendors filling up the streets and local entertainers performing, you will enjoy this unique springtime experience.

Jordan House

For West Des Moines history buffs, the Jordan House and the Bennett School should be on your list of places to visit and learn from. The Jordan house is a restored mansion that once belonged to the founder of Valley Junction. In the late 1800s, the house was used to serve the Underground Railroad and is now home to a museum. The Jordan house is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Bennett School is a reflection of the educational buildings of the past. The one-room schoolhouse has been restored, but retains its original look.