Des Moines

Iowa's Capital City

As Iowa's capital city, Des Moines is a hub of government action, business activity and cultural affairs. With a Metro population of 569,633, Des Moines is a bustling metropolis. But though we have big city bustle, we're extremely proud of our small town atmosphere. Our community offers quality schools, superb public services, and friendly neighborhoods. Truly the best of both worlds!

Des Moines is a great place to live, work, and play!
The Greater Des Moines Partnership provides detailed data about the area on their Regional Des Moines Research, Stats and Data Hub.
Des Moines Quick Facts
Climate

There are seasonal contrasts in temperatures and precipitation in Des Moines. Average temperatures are: Spring (47), Summer (75), Fall (50) and Winter (23). Average annual precipitation is: Rainfall - 32.1 inches, Snowfall: 31.6 inches.

Population

The reported population as of the 2010 census is 204,192. For more census information about Des Moines, visit the US Census Informationpage.

Education

In addition to a great public school system, Des Moines is home to five institutions of higher learning. 

Commute Time

Des Moines has a 19.2 minute average commute time, one of the lowest for a city of our size.

 
Employment Base

The major industries in Des Moines are insurance, government, manufacturing, trade, and health care services. Des Moines area businesses draw employees from a five-county metro area of more than 500,000 residents. Iowa's work force, with an 80 percent high school graduation rate, ranks among the top five states.

Largest Employers

Our employers include both state and local government (State of Iowa, Polk County, City of Des Moines) as well as the following private employers.

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$709,000
Des Moines, IA
4
beds
4
baths
Listing courtesy of DIANE TODD BROWN
Iowa Realty Valley West
DESMOINES
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$162,500
Des Moines, IA
3
beds
1
baths
Listing courtesy of Tony Schubert
RE/MAX Concepts
DESMOINES
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$199,900
Des Moines, IA
4
beds
3
baths
Listing courtesy of Ken Kauzlarich
Iowa Realty Valley West
DESMOINES
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$149,900
Des Moines, IA
3
beds
2
baths
Listing courtesy of Seth Walker
RE/MAX Concepts
DESMOINES
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$297,000
Des Moines, IA
4
beds
3
baths
Listing courtesy of KRZYSZTOF (CHRIS K.) CHRZASZCZ
Iowa Realty Beaverdale
DESMOINES
Des Moines listings last updated Apr 24, 2019 10:29:am.

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