Des Moines

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

7
144/263
Details
Large apartment$1232.41
Medium apartment$991.66
Rent index [score]0.69
Small apartment$750.91

Cost of Living

4
191/261
Details
5km taxi ride$7.30
A Cappuccino$3.90
A beer$1.70
A kilogram of Apples$4.50
Bread$0.78
Inflation [score]0.45
Lunch$10.00
Monthly fitness club membership$40.00
Monthly public transport$44.00
Movie ticket$10.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$63.98

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 members1754
Number of investors21
Number of startup events in the last 12 months73
Number of upcoming meetup events2
Startup climate scene [score]0.36
Startup events15
Startup events18
Startup events [score]0.44
Startups [score]0.51
Total number of startups45

Venture Capital

3
127/227
Details
Venture capital [score]0.30

Travel Connectivity

1
223/260
Details
Airport hub17
Airport hub [score]0.15
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.12

Commute

5
171/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/United_States/Des_Moines
Traffic handling [score]0.73

Business Freedom

9
67/259
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
120/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.77
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
134/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.35
Healthcare quality [score]0.91
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

4
155/230
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)32
PISA ranking25
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.82
PISA reading (high school)20
PISA science (high school)24
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
33/264
Details
Air quality [score]1.00
Cleanliness [score]0.89
Drinking water quality [score]0.86
Urban greenery [score]0.70

Economy

6
16/258
Details
Currency for urban areaUSD
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.43
GDP per capita$54596.65
GDP per capita [score]0.86

Taxation

4
148/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.54
Income tax level [score]0.35
Profit tax (% of profit)0.44
Time overhead to file company taxes175
VAT (Sales Tax)0.06

Internet Access

7
34/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)53.92
Internet access (download) [score]0.80
Internet access (upload) [score]0.62
Upload speed (Mbps)15.70

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
88/264
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]0.41

Outdoors

3
211/260
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 191st place of all 261 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)

$840$1,143
$992
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$40
Movie ticket$10
Broadband internet connection$41
Monthly public transport$44
Lunch$10
-21%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Des Moines are above average. For this job type, Des Moines ranks 72nd for salaries among 264 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in Des Moines.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$59,182
Median salary
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Safety

Overall crime rates

Assault
Very Low
20/53
Theft
Very Low
16/51
Robbery
Very Low
6/46
Motor vehicle theft
Very Low
11/29

Crime rate development in the last 6 months

Change in the last 6 months

  • Assault-38%
  • Theft-43%

Gun crimes & Ownership

58.09
Guns per 100 people
8.19
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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The overall crime rate puts Des Moines in position 69 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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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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LGBT rights in Des Moines

Discrimination

Illegal

Marriage

Legal

Adoption

Legal

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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