U.S. News and World Report ranked Des Moines the fourth best place to live in the nation according to an April 10, 2018 release. The annual rankings are based on an analysis of public data from sources such as the United States Census Bureau, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Labor, and user opinions. Five indexes — Job Market, Value, Quality of Life, Desirability and Net Migration — were used to evaluate American’s preferences.
Taking the top five spots, in rank order, were: Austin, Texas; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Denver, Colorado; Des Moines, Iowa; and Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Des Moines moved up five spots from 9th place in 2017. The report cites cultural events, festivals, one-of-a-kind shops, locally owned restaurants, hip bars, plenty of bike trails and parks and lakes as just some of the entertainment and outdoor recreation opportunities available in Des Moines. Quality of life is summed up in the report with statements like “Des Moines is a great place to live and raise a family” and “The people of Des Moines are some of the nicest you’ll ever meet.”
“When deciding on a place to settle down, it’s important to understand that where a person lives can impact their well-being,” said Kim Castro, executive editor at U.S. News. “U.S. News created the Best Places to Live to highlight areas across the country that have the characteristics residents are looking for, including steady job growth and affordability. The top-ranked places are areas where citizens can feel the most fulfilled socially, physically and financially.”