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Living in Des Moines

A place to call home…

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 is just two miles east of campus and features a city in the midst of revitalization. On just about every corner you’ll find a current or soon-to-be completed construction project, including a public library, science center, events center gateway park, and a multitude of new loft-style housing. There are unique restaurants, eclectic shops, art galleries, and a wide range of entertainment options. The downtown is quickly evolving into a contemporary urban center with something for everyone.

The surrounding city and suburbs are easy to get to (30 minutes max) and offer many dining, shopping, recreation, and entertainment venues. You don’t need to travel far for some serious shopping… West Des Moines is home to Pottery Barn, J. Crew, Williams Sonoma, Ann Taylor, Hollister and The Cheesecake Factory (just to name a few).

Des Moines Adds Up!
#1 Midwest city for young adults – The Business Journals 

#1 best medium-sized metro area for home-ownership – Nerdwallet

#1 wealthiest city in America – Today Show
#4 best city in America where you can get the best bang for the buck – Forbes.com
#5 top city for finding jobs – ZipRecruiter
#6 best city to raise a family – Forbes
#4 most LGBT-friendly city in America – Vocativ
#6 best city to relocate to in America – CNBC.com
One of the 18 “coolest places” to live in America – Men’s Journal

This is Des Moines

Jordan Creek MallPigs and corn—Iowa has plenty of both, but not in Des Moines! Contrary to what you may have envisioned, Des Moines is a real city with a relaxed metropolitan atmosphere supported by an area population of 534,399.

Education and cultural diversity abound in Des Moines. The metro area has 12 colleges and universities, and nearly 300 houses of worship that represent 79 different denominations or faiths.

iCubs play baseball at Principal Park in Des MoinesWith 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.

Third largest insurance center in the world. Major employers include Allied Insurance, Principal Financial Group, Wells Fargo and Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa.

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.


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