If you are moving to the city of Des Moines to work, you might want to consider buying a condo downtown near where your work is located. Walk to and from many buildings on the numerous connected covered skywalks. Polk County Conventional Complex is also located in the city. About 20 minutes away from the city are suburbs, where you will find stand-along housing with yards and plenty of room to raise a family.
Located in what is known as the “bread basket” of the United States, you may think of Iowa as nothing but farm lands filled with corn in the upper Midwestern region of America. However, Des Moines is the state’s largest city and offers opportunities and quality of living to its residents.
Des Moines is the capital and the largest city in the state of Iowa. It is known as the “Hartford of the West” because of the city’s numerous insurance companies.
The city has no metro transit rail system, but does offer buses. If you choose a place to live outside of the downtown area, within the Des Moines metropolitan area, you’ll need a reliable vehicle to get around. The suburbs of Des Moines include Ankeny, Altoona, Carlisle, Bondurant, Olive, Johnston, Grimes, Norwalk, West Des Moines, Pleasant Hill, Urbandale, Waukee, Polk City and Windsor Heights.
By the way, both of the “S” letters in the city’s name are silent, pronouncing it as, “Duh Moyne” and not “Des-mo-nez”, or even “Day Moyne’s” as many locals may joke.
Because the Iowa Caucus weighs heavily with political candidates, many presidential candidates make Des Moines a must-stop in their campaigns.
The city has been ranked by Forbes Magazine as one of the best places for a business. Major financial and other corporations have headquarters in Des Moines. Principal Financial Group, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Meredith Corporation, ING Group, and Wels Fargo all headquarter or have large offices in the city.