Pigs 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.
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.
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.