Living in Des Moines
A welcoming city where education, opportunity and cultural diversity abound
Des Moines has a relaxed metropolitan atmosphere and an area population of nearly 700,000 residents.
The metro area has 12 colleges and universities, and nearly 300 houses of worship that represent 79 different denominations or faiths. With miles of bike paths, several lakes and more than 130 parks in the greater Des Moines area, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors. Des Moines has safe neighborhoods, great public schools, and many kid-focused events, attractions, and programs. Greater Des Moines is a great place to raise a family, and as the third largest insurance center in the world, our city offers an abundance of employment opportunities, low housing costs and a high standard of living.
“Des Moines is absolutely an amazing city. You get the big city feel without the big city traffic or crime. Another great part about Des Moines is that there are so many really nice suburbs to choose from if you don’t want to live in the city, such as West Des Moines, Clive, Urbandale or Altoona, that are all only about 15-20 minutes from school. With having breweries, restaurants, shopping and more all super-close on top of going to a school that I love, I could not be happier that I chose Des Moines and DMU.”
Amanda Hasty, D.P.M.'23
Housing opportunities: Finding your perfect place
The DMU neighborhood offers plenty of reasonably priced apartments within walking distance from campus. The neighborhood is tree-lined and creates an attractive blend of historic homes and businesses. Restaurants, grocery stores, coffee shops, pharmacies, banks and a variety of shops are located nearby.
Downtown Des Moines is just two miles east of campus and features a city in the midst of revitalization. Treat yourself to an afternoon at the public library, events center, sculpture park, or farmers' market. Visit the many unique restaurants, eclectic shops, art galleries, and entertainment venues. Downtown has evolved into a contemporary urban center with something for everyone.
Places to worship: Find a space to practice your faith
The residents of Des Moines come from all around the world, and the city has countless religious services and institutions to serve the surrounding communities.
Fine dining: Nearby restaurants and grocery options
The local businesses and restaurants that surround DMU are some of the best the city has to offer. An abundance of ethnic grocery stores and a thriving culinary scene make Des Moines a great place to live – and eat.