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When you Seize Des Moines, you are empowered to take charge of your personal and professional journey and shape the direction of the region’s future. With a growing population, world class amenities and national recognition as a great city to advance a career, now is the time to live life in Central Iowa and tell the world how you Seize Des Moines.

10 Reasons to Love
Greater Des Moines


1. Residents Shop Local

Hundreds of thousands of people shop at the Downtown Des Moines Farmers’ Market annually with nearly 300 Iowa vendors.


2. Sports Are Taken Seriously

Home to the Iowa Cubs, Des Moines is the “#3 Best Minor League Baseball Town” according to SmartAsset. Or take your pick from hockey, basketball, arena football and soccer.


3. Fun for All Seasons

Fall is filled with festivals and events including the World Food & Music Festival, the Beaverdale Fall Festival, Oktoberfest and many more.


4. Just the Right Size

Large enough to have world-class amenities and career opportunities, compact enough to get around easily and make meaningful community connections. No wonder Greater Des Moines was named the #4 Best Mid-Sized City to Make a Living by MoneyGeek.


5. Hit the Town, Not the Bank

Eat dinner, check out a movie or event and go out for drinks for under $30. Just another reason why SmartAsset called us “#3 Top City for New College Grads.”


6. Jobs, Jobs and More Jobs

An ever-growing list of top industries is why Forbes named Des Moines the “#2 Best City for Jobs.”


7. Trails Capital

Walk, run or bike. Get moving in the Metro on over 600 miles of connected trails.


8. Welcome Good Samaritans

One in three residents volunteer making Iowa #10 of “States Volunteering the Most” according to 24/7 Wall St.


9. Downtown is Booming

Des Moines’ urban core has transformed into a community with countless affordable living spaces, new restaurants and stores. No wonder Fortune called it the “#1 City with an Up-and-Coming Downtown.”


10. Safety is a Priority

Gallup ranked Greater Des Moines the “#1 Community Where Residents Feel Most Safe and Secure” because 85.7% of residents told them so.

John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park

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What makes Des Moines awesome? You do.

It’s people like you that earned Greater Des Moines the “#1 City with the Most Community Pride” designation by Gallup. By becoming a member of CarpeDM Seize Des Moines, you’ll be able to share your community pride — like insider knowledge, favorite local destinations and love for Greater Des Moines. Show your local pride and Seize Des Moines!

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