Aww, Des Moines, we love thee!

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.

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