Aww, Des Moines, we love thee!

March 19, 2009 —

Simon Estes AmphitheaterYay! MSNBC picked Des Moines as one of the top 10 best midsize metro areas to live. (comparing 124 cities in 20 categories).

The highest scores went to well-rounded cities with “healthy economies, light traffic, moderate costs of living, impressive housing stocks and strong educational systems.” 

Des Moines was highlighted as a great place for stress-free commute. It says the average person has a 19.7 minute commute time. That even seems high considering my friends and family’s drive times – my commute is 8 minutes! 

Mid-size metro is considered a center city with at least 50,000 residents. Including surrounding suburbs and rural areas, the population ranges from 250,000-one million. I think the Des Moines metro area population is 500,000+.

Check out the full article and see all 10 on the list.

Photo of the Simon Estes Amphitheater downtown courtesy of the Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Courtney Tompkins has been part of the DMU marketing team since Nov. 2005 and loves promoting a school she believes in so thoroughly. Proud daughter and patient of DMU alumni, Courtney knows, first-hand, that Des Moines University is doing a world of good. A fan of all outdoor festivals, fruity drinks and nearly all edibles, she has a hard time narrowing down her list of favorite places to go and things to do but lists the Iowa State Fair as an all-time fave. She loves her 8-minute commute to DMU from Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. She and husband Tyler are owned by three large dogs, Tonka, Tucker and Tank.


  • Tea

    I do love living in Des Moines, minus the winter weather!