Aside from being the capital seat of Iowa, Des Moines has a feel and charm that sets it apart from the rest of the state. What started as a coal producing town, Des Moines is now the home of major corporations, boosts a metro population of over 563,000 and in 2010 was named by Forbes magazine as one of the “Best Places for Business and Careers”.
The continued growth of the corporate industry and overall population has also had a, positive effect on construction in Des Moines. The areas housing market continues to see growth in new home construction and land purchased in Iowa. With a healthy housing market, Des Moines residents are able to take advantage of several luxury custom home opportunities within the city and outlying rural areas.
At the heart of the city rests the Civic Center which houses professional theatre, art and history museums. Residents looking for more outdoor entertainment enjoy weekend outings at the Botanical Center, Des Moines Zoo, or the Riverfront Amphitheatre. For those seeking a more wild adventure, Des Moines is also home to a racetrack and casino.
During the non-winter months, Des Moines locals can get out and enjoy the local flare and lush landscape. Des Moines hosts an Art Festival in June and the World Food Festival in October. Local farmers can also be found from May – October in the Downtown Farmer’s Market. And don’t forget about the tradition of the Iowa State Fair which runs for 10-days every August.
Des Moines thrives within an urban/rural balance. Des Moines residents are afforded the option of living within the city or choosing to live in the more rural, suburban areas. With minimal commute times and affordable land for sale in Iowa, the more rural, suburban options can offer many advantages for families or those with a more outdoorsy nature.
With so many entertainment venues and outdoor events, Des Moines is sure to have something for everyone. The attractive urban and residential housing options, growing corporate industry and overall laid back nature of the community residents make Des Moines a top contender for one of the best cities to live in the US.
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