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Des Moines by the Numbers

Getting Around

Ames: 37 min
Cedar Rapids: 1 hour, 50 minutes
Omaha: 2 hours


Population: 214,237
Zip Code: 50301 - 50340 - 50310
County: Polk & Warren
Median Home Price:

Spotlights of Des Moines

Downtown Des Moines

Head to the Downtown Farmers Market, spend the afternoon exploring some of the Midwest's coolest museums, or scope out the unique culinary and retail destinations that await in Downtown Des Moines! The heart of Iowa's capital city has some pretty cool spots to explore, as well as a packed calendar of year-round events, like the Des Moines Arts Festival and the Iowa State Fair.

Blank Park Zoo

Located on the south side of the city, 49-acre Blank Park Zoo showcases dozens of different exhibits—and there's a reason why it's known as "Iowa's Wildest Adventure"! Here, visitors can get up close and personal with a variety of different mammals, reptiles, birds, and aquatic life. The zoo also offers classes and hands-on experiences for children...and children at heart! 

Pappajohn Sculpture Park

The John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park is a 4.4-acre green space nestled within Western Gateway Park. Since opening in 2009, the park has acquired nearly 30 different works of art and is considered one of the most significant collections of outdoor sculptures in the nation. Come stroll the pathways, and you might run into an eight-foot tall bronze pumpkin or even a Keith Haring original!

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What You'll LOVE in the Des Moines Area

As the capital of Iowa, Des Moines has so much to offer residents and visitors from all walks of life. If you're looking for a vibrant city with a uniquely Midwestern flair, you've come to the right place. Here are a few more highlights of Des Moines you won't want to miss!

Verdant Green Spaces

In total, Des Moines is home to 76 city parks and three golf courses, in addition to three aquatic centers, five community centers, and three swimming pools. As if that isn't enough, the city even has more than 45 miles of trails ideal for hiking, biking, or just a leisurely stroll. 

Ready to get out and enjoy everything Des Moines has to offer? Try taking a stroll along the Principal Riverwalk, or go for a ride on the old-fashioned carousel located in Union Park. Other favorites include Raccoon River Park, Western Gateway Park, and the Des Moines Water Works Park.

Job Opportunities

As the largest metropolitan area in the state of Iowa, Des Moines is the perfect place to embrace a new career. Many insurance companies—like Principal Financial Group and Allied—have set up headquarters in the city. Wells Fargo also employs more than 13,500 workers in Des Moines, making it the area's largest employer.

Want to streamline your commute? Des Moines has one of the largest skywalk systems in the United States, and the city is served by DART public transport.

A+ Schools

Children living in the Des Moines area are served by Des Moines Public Schools, which enrolls more than 33,000 students and employs 2,255+ teachers. In total, the district operates 38 elementary schools, 11 middle schools, five high schools, and 10 special programs.

Three private universities also have campuses in Des Moines: Drake University, Grand View University, and the Mercy College of Health Sciences. The University of Iowa has a few satellite campuses throughout the city.

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Ready to Find a Home in Des Moines?

Des Moines is a growing city with so much to offer, and we'd love to help you find the home of your dreams. Get in touch with VIA Group Realtors to begin your search for the perfect place—we're always here to answer your questions about life and real estate in the Des Moines area! 

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