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West Des Moines by the Numbers

Getting Around

Des Moines: 10 miles, about 17 minutes
Des Moines Int'l Airport: 12 miles, about 15 minutes
Iowa City: 126 miles, about 2 hours


Population: 67,899
Zip codes: 50263 – 50266
County: Polk, Dallas, Warren & Madison
Median home value: $252,000

Spotlights of West Des Moines

Historic Valley Junction

Historic Valley Junction is a gathering place that serves as the heart and soul of West Des Moines. A delightful mix of old and new, this commercial hub showcases more than 150 unique shops, vibrant events, and a walkable hometown feel.

Raccoon River Park

Known as the crown jewel of West Des Moines's park system, Raccoon River Park serves as a natural oasis just minutes away from the city. Here, you'll find more than 630 pristine acres to explore, including a swimming beach on Blue Heron Lake.

Jordan Creek Town Center

Need to get some shopping done? Head to Jordan Creek Town Center—West Des Moines's largest shopping mall—for everything you could possibly need. This retail hub offers various stores, as well as a food court and on-site movie theater.

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What You'll LOVE in West Des Moines

Wondering why West Des Moines is one of the fastest-growing communities in all of Iowa? Top-notch schools, tons of parkland, year-round events, and plenty of career opportunities make this suburb a fantastic place to settle down. In fact, Forbes even named West Des Moines the best place in the country for jobs and job growth. Explore all there is to love!

Verdant parks and recreation

Eager to embark on your next outdoor adventure? Here in West Des Moines, you can explore more than 1,200 acres of parks and other public green spaces.

Aside from Raccoon River Park, West Des Moines is also home to favorites like Knolls Park, Walnut Woods State Park, and the American Legion Park. The nearby Des Moines Water Works Park is the perfect place to hike some trails, have a picnic, or hone your disc golf skills.

Ample shopping & dining

West Des Moines might be just a short drive from the capital city of Des Moines, but it’s got plenty of its own amenities, conveniences, and fun finds. This thriving community features two malls and boutique shopping districts, as well as various big-box stores and larger chains.

Feeling hungry? Sample West Des Moines's best cuisine at Waterfront Seafood Market or Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano. Locals also love the hibachi fare at Ohana Steakhouse, breakfast from Egg and Jam, and the low-key vibe of Gilroy's. 

A+ public schools

Public school students in West Des Moines are served by the West Des Moines Community School District, which educates nearly 10,000 students in the area. In total, the district operates two high schools, two middle schools, eight elementary schools, and one alternative school. A select number of students in the Dallas County section of West Des Moines are also zoned for the Waukee School District.

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West Des Moines is a growing city with a whole lot 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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This IDX is provided exclusively for consumers' non-commercial use. The information is deemed reliable, but is not guaranteed accurate by the MLS.

Data last updated 07/15/24 08:37 AM.