Des Moines

Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

7
123/266
Details
Large apartment$1300.00
Medium apartment$1000.00
Rent index [score]0.67
Small apartment$810.00

Cost of Living

6
114/249
Details
5km taxi ride$7.30
A Cappuccino$4.20
A beer$1.90
A kilogram of Apples$3.80
Bread$0.66
Inflation [score]0.59
Lunch$9.90
Monthly fitness club membership$35.00
Monthly public transport$51.00
Movie ticket$9.70
Price of a meal at a restaurant$64.31

Startups

3
208/264
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.10
Coworking spaces [score]0.46
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co9
Meetups [score]0.16
Meetups groups26
Meetups members4921
Number of investors21
Number of startup events in the last 12 months296
Number of upcoming meetup events11
Startup climate scene [score]0.31
Startup events75
Startup events [score]0.59
Startups [score]0.48
Total number of startups34

Venture Capital

2
145/182
Details
Venture capital [score]0.21

Travel Connectivity

1
228/266
Details
Airport hub17
Airport hub [score]0.16
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.12

Commute

2
237/255
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/United_States/Des_Moines
Traffic handling [score]0.77

Business Freedom

9
69/264
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
153/266
Details
Crime rate [score]0.68
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year8
Guns per 100 residents52
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.78
Lack of guns [score]0.71
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.75

Healthcare

7
139/265
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.34
Healthcare quality [score]0.92
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

4
165/240
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
32/266
Details
Air quality [score]1.00
Cleanliness [score]1.00
Drinking water quality [score]0.76
Urban greenery [score]0.64

Economy

7
16/263
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area1.00
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
153/266
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.54
Income tax level [score]0.30
Profit tax (% of profit)0.44
Time overhead to file company taxes175
VAT (Sales Tax)0.06

Internet Access

6
96/266
Details
Download speed (Mbps)38.05
Internet access (download) [score]0.56
Internet access (upload) [score]0.60
Upload speed (Mbps)16.16

Leisure & Culture

6
117/264
Details
Art galleries91
Art galleries [score]0.71
Cinemas54
Cinemas [score]0.60
Comedy clubs29
Comedy clubs [score]0.80
Concert venues111
Concerts [score]0.76
Historical sites62
Historical sites [score]0.61
Museums27
Museums [score]0.60
Performing art venues122
Performing arts [score]0.66
Sport venues43
Sports [score]0.70
Zoos11
Zoos [score]0.83

Tolerance

8
52/266
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]0.71

Outdoors

3
220/266
Details
Urban area elevation (meters)266.00
Water access [score]0.66
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$59,548
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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

52.43
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 97 of 265 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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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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