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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

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1. Residents Shop Local

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

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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.

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3. Boredom-Free Zone

There is no shortage of family-friendly activities thanks to a world-class science center, zoo and outdoor ice-skating rink. Just ask Forbes who named Greater Des Moines the “#6 Best City for Raising a Family.”

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4. Rock Out Des Moines Style

Enjoy major music stars and emerging artists at sold-out arenas or artsy watering holes.

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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.”

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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.”

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7. Trails Capital

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

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8. Welcome Good Samaritans

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

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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.”

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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.

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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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