Des Moines is a thriving metropolitan area, with a mix of viewpoints, a foodie’s dream, and a great place if you love sports and the outdoors.
#1. Food, Food, Food (and Beer)
Iowa is one of the great farming states in the U.S., and Des Moines makes the most of it, with farmers markets all year round. From May to October, the rich harvest in this agricultural area is on display at several markets downtown and throughout the community. The Winter Market operates before Thanksgiving and on a weekend in December.
Restaurants and small eateries around the area make the most of the wide range of foods in the Des Moines region. You can find just about anything, from specialty pizza to hefty burgers to lots of pastries and delicious fruits and vegetables.
Beer in a variety of forms is available at trendy dive bars in Des Moines. One restaurant offers over 120 brews.
#2. Sports Are Big
Hockey is big here, with locals rooting for the Des Moines Buccaneers. They also love Iowa State University Cyclones and the Hawkeyes of the University of Iowa. The Panthers are popular, though farther away at the University of Northern Iowa.
#3. Most Newcomers Living in the Suburbs
Most people moving to the Des Moines area actually end up buying homes in Altoona, Ankeny, Johnston, West Des Moines or similar smaller towns surrounding Des Moines proper.
#4. Locals Love the Outdoors
Ever heard of RAGBRAI? You will once you move here. It stands for Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa. Riders cover lots of miles. The route used each year changes a bit. This gives riders a chance to see the many facets of this state.
#5. People Think for Themselves
Though situated in the heart of the Midwest, Des Moines residents have a wide range of beliefs and political leanings. A surprise to some, but it’s a fact: Iowa was the third state in the Union to vote for same-sex marriage. It’s a great spot for people wanting to meet the candidates for President. The Iowa Caucuses happen every 4 years and attract all the hopefuls.