The greater Des Moines metro area is an exciting place to be right now with so many diverse events and activities – whether it’s our nationally-recognized Arts Festival, great dining options, connected bike trails, a new Events Center with big-name acts, a thriving theatre community, an emerging music festival, downtown and suburban living to match your lifestyle, the I-Cubs and other minor league sports, a new downtown public library and Science Center, professional golf events and world-class marathon and triathlon, and the list goes on and on.

Since 2000, we have seen a renaissance take place in our community. The city of Des Moines and its surrounding communities believe that successful economic development includes having a strong quality of life. The metro is on a mission to ensure it is offering an enjoyable quality of life in order to attract a qualified workforce for the long-term.

Take a look at how Des Moines is viewed by others based on livability, business opportunities, safety, education, arts & culture and more.

2020 Rankings
#7 Best Place to Live in the U.S. in 2020-21 – U.S. News & World Report, 2020
#5 Metro for Number of Economic Development Projects among metros with a population of 200,000 to 1 million – Site Selection Magazine, 2020
#11 Best City to Live in After the Pandemic – Business Insider, 2020
 
2019 Rankings
Top 10 Best Place for Business and Careers – Forbes, 2019
#3 Best City for High Salaries and Low Costs of Living – The Ascent, 2019
#1 Place with Good Jobs and Cheap Housing – Investopedia, 2019
#5 Best Place to Live in the U.S. – U.S. News & World Report, 2019
#3 Best Affordable Place to Live in the U.S. – U.S. News & World Report, 2019
Top 7 Most Recession-Proof Cities in the U.S. – Livability, 2019
#8 Best U.S. City for Work-Life Balance – GOBankingRates, 2019
1 of 3 Cities Bucking the Tide of Midwest Talent & Population Loss – Site Selection, 2019
One of "10 Cities That are Ready for the Big Time" – Site Selection Magazine, 2019
One of "10 Cities That are Blooming, Not Rusting" – Manhattan Institute, 2019
#1 Metro for Millenials to Buy Homes – Grow Magazine, 2019
#2 Top City for Young Home Buyers – Clever Real Estate, 2019
#7 Best City for Living the American Dream – SmartAsset, 2019
#3 Metro for Number of Economic Development Projects among metros with a population of 200,000 – 1 million – SiteSelection, 2019
 
2018 Rankings
#4 Best Place to Live – U.S. News & World Report, 2018 
#1 Most Popular City for Millennial Homebuyers – Lending Tree, 2018 
#8 Best Job Market for 2018 – ZipRecruiter, 2018
Top 10 Most-Artistic Medium-Sized City  – Expedia, 2018
#7 Best Place for Business and Careers – Forbes, 2018
#4 Top City With a Low Cost of Living and High Quality of Life – BadCredit.org, 2018 
#8 Best City to Find Small Business Jobs – ZipRecruiter, 2018
One of “5 Up-and-Coming Tech Hotspots” –  Livability, 2018
 
2017 Rankings
#1 Best Place for Millennials to Live in the Midwest – Growella, 2017
#1 Best Affordable Place to Live in the U.S. – U.S. News & World Report, 2017
#3 Most Popular City for Millennial Homebuyers Lending Tree, 2017
#3 Best Place to Live with a Low Cost of Living – Business Insider, 2017
#4 Best Place for Children – SmartAsset, 2017 
#5 Best Place for Business and Careers – Forbes, 2017
#5 Best City for Successful Aging – Milken Institute, 2017
#7 Most Charitable City – CNBC, 2017
#9 Best Place to Live – U.S. News & World Report, 2017
#9 Best City for Quality of Life – NerdWallet, 2017
#7 Place Where Jobs Will Be In 2018 – Forbes, 2017
Top 25 Community for Well-Being – Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, 2017
“World Festival and Event City” – International Festivals and Events Association, 2017
 
2016 Rankings
#6 Best Place for Business and Careers – Forbes, 2016
#7 Hippest Mid-Sized City in America – Gogobot, 2016
One of "10 Underrated Cities for Art Lovers" – U.S. News & World Report, 2016
#9 Best Place to Start a Business – CNBC, 2016
#11 Best Small Metro for Job Seekers – American Institute for Economic Research, 2016
#8 Best City to Work in Tech – SmartAsset, 2016
#1 Best City for the Middle Class – Business Insider, 2016
#9 Top Metro for Financial Well-Being – Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, 2016
#4 Best Mid-Sized City to Make a Living – MoneyGeek, 2016
#10 Best City to Live and Work – Robert Half's Career City Index, 2016

 

For additional information, check out a website sponsored by the Greater Des Moines Partnership.

Check out a website sponsored by the Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors bureau.

For a complete list of Des Moines rankings, click here for the rankings.