Des Moines Helpful Information

Your Guide to Greater Des Moines

Des Moines Resources

The Des Moines metro is a great place to live and work. It is a place where you can find great jobs, fantastic schools, friendly communities, short commutes and affordable living. Forbes ranked Des Moines the #1 city in the nation for business and careers and also the #1 place to raise a family.

We have compiled a list of resources for both new residents and those thinking about relocating to the Des Moines Metro. Please visit the links to explore Des Moines and all it has to offer.


1.  John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park features artwork of the world’s most celebrated artists. 4.4 acres in downtown’s Western Gateway, displays 24 sculptures worth a combined $40 million.

 2. Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater showcases hands-on exhibits, live interactive programs and demonstrations, engaging planetarium shows and larger-than-life IMAX films

 3. Experience the Des Moines Art Center and its diverse museum and school

 4. Bring your family to see more than 1,000 furry, finned and feathered friends at the Blank Park Zoo

 5. Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino.  Throroughbred racing and casino in Altoona, IA

 6. Iowa Speedway.  State-of-the-art 7/8 mile asphalt paved tri-oval race track and motorsports facility designed by NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace

 7. Principal Riverwalk features lighted, landscaped public spaces, world-class public art and unique pedestrian bridges and pathways connecting 300 miles of Central Iowa trails.

 8. The Iowa State Fair is the single largest event in the state of Iowa and one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country. Annually attracting more than a million people from all over the world

 9. Downtown Farmer’s Market connects urban and rural communities while supporting 300 local entrepreneurs including farmers, producers, bakers, artists and more, representing 58 counties across the state of Iowa.

 10. Des Moines Civic Center.  Des Moines Performing Arts is central Iowa’s premier not-for-profit performing arts organization.


Iowa is well known for its quality education system. The state has the highest graduation rate in the country at 88 percent, and student scores on ACT and SAT college-entrance exams are always among the nation’s best.  Quality education doesn’t stop at K-12.  Iowa and the Des Moines area are home to many great higher eduction pograms.

In the Greater Des Moines region, 40 percent of people 25 years and up hold an Associate’s degree or higher.



#7 Hippest Mid-Sized City in America — Gogobot, 2016
#1 Best City for the Middle Class — Business Insider, 2016
#11 Best Place to Live in the U.S. — U.S. News & World Report, 2016
#4 Best Mid-Sized City to Make a Living — MoneyGeek, 2016
Top 10 Best City to Live and Work — Robert Half’s Career City Index, 2016
#4 “10 Most Pro-Business Cities in America” – MarketWatch, 2015
#4 “Best Tech Cities to Start A Career” –, 2015
#2 “Top 10 U.S. Cities to Land Work” – NBC News, 2015
#5 “America’s 10 Best Cities for Retirement” – Bankrate, 2015
#6 “Midsize Metro where College Grads Move for Jobs” – AIER, 2015
#1 Metro with the Most Community Pride – Gallup, 2015
#3 Top City for New College Grads – SmartAsset, 2015
Emerging Startup Cities of 2015 – Investopedia, 2015
#2 Best City for Jobs in 2015 – Forbes, 2015
#4 Best Run State – USA Today, 2014
#1 Best Up-and-Coming City for Foodies – Women’s Health Magazine, 2014
#1 Best City for Young Professionals – Forbes, 2014
#3 Top Ten Places with the Most Job Opportunities per Capita –, 2014 (Based on Q2 of 2014)
#2 Best Farmers’ Market in America – The Daily Meal, 2014
#2 Best City for Business and Careers – Forbes, 2014
#1 City with an Up-and-Coming Downtown – Fortune, 2014
#4 America’s Most LGBT-Friendly Cities – Huffington Post, 2014
#1 Metro for Economic Strength – Policom Corporation, 2014
#2 America’s Top 5 Under-the-Radar Tech Hubs – SpareFoot, 2014
Downtown Des Moines Farmers’ Market recognized as “Top 10 Farmers’ Markets in the U.S” – Shape Magazine, 2014
#6 Best Cities for Raising a Family – Forbes, 2014
#5 Best Cities for Jobs – Zip Recruiter, 2014
#6 Top Mid-Size Cities of 2014 – Energy Star, 2014
#4 Top Ten Places with the Most Job Opportunities per Capita –, 2014 (Based on Q4 of 2013)
#1 Wealthiest City in America – TODAY show, 2014
#1 Best Medium-Sized Metro Area for Homeownership – Nerdwallet, 2014
#5 “Best US States for Young Adults” – MoneyRates, 2013
#15 America’s Most Productive Metros – The Atlantic Cities, 2013
“Three Best Cities to Start a Business” – Forbes, 2013
#12 “Best States for Business” – Forbes, 2013
#1 “Best Places for Business and Careers” – Forbes, 2013
#2 “Strongest Local Economy” – Policom, 2013
#3 “Top 15 U.S. Cities’ Emerging Downtowns” – Forbes, 2013
#1 “Best Midwest Cities for Young Adults” – The Business Journals, 2013
#2 “Best Cities to Start a Business” – The Street, 2013
#6 “Cities Where Startups Are Thriving” – CNN Money, 2012
#6 “Best Cities to Grow Old In” – MSN Money, 2012
#1 “Best Cities for Families” – Kiplinger, 2012
#4 “Best Places for Business and Careers” – Forbes, 2012
#2 ” Best Cities for Jobs this Summer.” – Forbes, 2012
#10 “Most Educated Young Workforce.” – The Business Journals, 2012
#2 for “Best Cities for Jobs.” – Forbes, 2012
Downtown Des Moines Farmers’ Market recognized as “One of America’s Best.” – Country Living, 2012
#1 “Best Cities for Young Professionals” – Forbes, 2011
#1 “Richest Metro in the Nation” – US News & World Report, 2011
#1 “Cities in the US for Home Renters” – Time, 2011
#9 “Best State for Business” – CNBC, 2011
#3 “Best Cities for Business” – MarketWatch, 2011
#7 “Best Cities for the Next Decade” – Kiplinger, 2010