Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

7
150/264
Details
Large apartment$1240.48
Medium apartment$1001.34
Rent index [score]0.67
Small apartment$762.19

Cost of Living

4
198/250
Details
5km taxi ride$7.40
A Cappuccino$4.00
A beer$2.30
A kilogram of Apples$4.80
Bread$1.70
Inflation [score]0.42
Lunch$9.80
Monthly fitness club membership$37.00
Monthly public transport$42.00
Movie ticket$10.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$64.63

Startups

4
178/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups2
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.20
Coworking spaces [score]0.42
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co3
Meetups [score]0.14
Meetups groups18
Meetups members1963
Number of investors21
Number of startup events in the last 12 months95
Number of upcoming meetup events7
Startup climate scene [score]0.36
Startup events26
Startup events [score]0.52
Startups [score]0.51
Total number of startups45

Venture Capital

3
136/233
Details
Venture capital [score]0.34

Travel Connectivity

1
224/264
Details
Airport hub17
Airport hub [score]0.16
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.12

Commute

2
221/246
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/United_States/Des_Moines
Traffic handling [score]0.78

Business Freedom

9
67/262
Details
Business freedom84.70
Business freedom [score]0.86
Freedom from corruption74.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.79
Lack of labor restrictions91.40
Lack of labor restrictions [score]1.00
Time to open a business5.60
Time to open a business [score]0.95

Safety

7
140/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.71
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year8
Guns per 100 residents58
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.78
Lack of guns [score]0.72
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.75

Healthcare

7
134/263
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.35
Healthcare quality [score]0.91
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

4
163/238
Details
Country mean scores in PISA math test478.04
Country mean scores in PISA reading test497.58
Country mean scores in PISA science test497.41
PISA math ranking (high school)30
PISA ranking24
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.72
PISA reading (high school)16
PISA science (high school)19
Percent of happy students0.77
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.26
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.17
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.18
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.09
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.08
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.07

Environmental Quality

9
27/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.95
Cleanliness [score]0.91
Drinking water quality [score]0.87
Urban greenery [score]0.75

Economy

6
16/261
Details
Currency for urban areaUSD
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.43
GDP per capita$54596.65
GDP per capita [score]0.87

Taxation

4
153/264
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.54
Income tax level [score]0.33
Profit tax (% of profit)0.44
Time overhead to file company taxes175
VAT (Sales Tax)0.06

Internet Access

7
41/264
Details
Download speed (Mbps)52.37
Internet access (download) [score]0.73
Internet access (upload) [score]0.63
Upload speed (Mbps)16.41

Leisure & Culture

6
113/263
Details
Art galleries89
Art galleries [score]0.72
Cinemas54
Cinemas [score]0.61
Comedy clubs28
Comedy clubs [score]0.80
Concert venues111
Concerts [score]0.76
Historical sites62
Historical sites [score]0.63
Museums24
Museums [score]0.61
Performing art venues118
Performing arts [score]0.67
Sport venues42
Sports [score]0.70
Zoos11
Zoos [score]0.82

Tolerance

7
69/264
Details
LGBT Equality Index93.13
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.96
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulationsAmbiguous
LGBT discrimination legality✔ Illegal
LGBT employment discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, but requires surgery
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.49

Outdoors

3
213/264
Details
Urban area elevation (meters)266.00
Water access [score]0.65
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Des Moines are in the 198th place of all 250 Teleport cities. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$617$908
$762
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$37
Movie ticket$10
Broadband internet connection$41
Monthly public transport$42
Lunch$10
-21%
compared to
San Francisco
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Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$59,182
Median salary
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Safety

Overall crime rates

Homicide
High
6/8
Assault
Very Low
12/51
Theft
Very Low
13/49
Motor vehicle theft
Very Low
8/24

Crime rate development in the last 6 months

Change in the last 6 months

  • Assault-38%
  • Theft-29%

Gun crimes & Ownership

58.09
Guns per 100 people
8.19
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Embassies

Consulate General of Afghanistan in Los, Angeles, United States

120 South Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90211, United States

Phone: +1-310-288-8334,+1-310-288-8334

U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan

Great Massoud Road, Wazir Akbar Khan , Kabul, Afghanistan

Phone: (+93) 700-10-8001

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People in Des Moines

Population of Des Moines

203,433
520 /km²
187/264
Density (people per unit of area)
7%
Growth in 2015-2020
Des Moines

Demographics of United States

Median age
38
Elderly people
15%
Life expectancy at birth
80
GDP per capita (in USD)
$54,597
12/261
Unemployment
5%
117/262

Languages

English proficiency score
100
1/227
Common spoken languages
English

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Business Analyst
11.11%
Marketing Manager
11.11%
Founder
11.11%
Data Scientist
11.11%
Copywriter
11.11%
Web Developer
11.11%
Electrical Engineer
11.11%
Other
22.22%

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Climate

Average number of clear days per year

105

Climate type

Hot Summer Continental

Average daily maximum temperature

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On living in Des Moines

Des Moines, capital of Iowa, is in the western region of the American Midwest.

Des Moines is the largest city in Iowa and the annual site of the Iowa State Fair. Because of Iowa's early presidential caucus date, the city is also a hotbed of political dreams and discourse every four years when presidential candidates tour the state and have multiple debates within the city.

The meaning of 'Des Moines' itself is not clear as local Native Americans, the Moingona, had already been using a term (which meant 'river of the mounds') due to the number of burial mounds which were popular in the area. French Trappist Monks (Moines de la Trappe) called their settlement areas at the mouth of the Des Moines River 'La Riviere des Moines' which, in English, translates to 'the river of the monks.' "De Moyn," which means "middle," may have been used on the map of explorer Jacques Marquette to help others locate the Des Moines River-area (equidistant between the larger Mississippi and Missouri rivers). "Des Moines," today pronounced "duh MOIN," is located at the junction of the Des Moines River and the Raccoon River.

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