Des Moines : Iowa

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What it's Like to Retire in Des Moines

Des Moines is the state capital of Iowa and its largest city with a population just over 200,000.  It is located in the center of the state.  Drake University is a prestigious college in town, giving Des Moines the oomph of the arts and a youthful feel.  The city is very important in the insurance industry. Photo of the state capitol courtesy of Wikipedia and Iqkotze.

 

Where to Retire in Des Moines and Home Prices

There is at least one active adult community in Des Moines (see link at top right).
There are many nice neighborhoods and suburbs to choose from. Home prices during the first quarter of 2017 were $179,300, according to the National Association of Realtors, well below the national average of $232,100.

 

What is special about Des Moines

As the capital of Iowa, Des Moines is an exciting city for presidential politics since it the host of the Iowa caucuses. It is always highly ranked on Green Cities lists. In 2010, Forbes ranked Des Moines as the best place for business.
 

What is not special about Des Moines

The crime rate is well above average, and it is cold in winter.

 

Who will like retirement in Des Moines

Those who admire politics, work in the insurance industry, or admire an artsy, literary feel are happily retired in Des Moines.
 

Local economy is driven by

insurance companies
 

Climate and Physical Environment

Des Moines is located in the center of Iowa. The average Jan temp is in the low 20s and the average July temp in the mid 70s.

 

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Des Moines is home to the Des Moines Metro Opera, Playhouse, Symphony, and Ballet, as well as an arts center and Riverfront Ampitheater. There are dozens of festivals each year.
 

Crime

The crime rate is slightly above average in Des Moines, as you would expect in a city of this size.
 

Medical facilities

There are several hospitals in Des Moines including Iowa Lutheran and the VA Hospital.

 

Transportation

Des Moines has an extensive skywalk system downtown, one of the largest in the US.
 

Valuable Links

City of Des Moines

Des Moines on Wikipedia

 

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