on Jul 20, 2022 12:00:11 PM

Why Relocate to Des Moines?

Hubbell Realty Company has been in the Des Moines area since 1856, and a lot has changed since we got here. With the continuous development of the downtown, the national rankings, and the affordability (just to name a few) there are lot of reasons to relocate to Des Moines, or nearby at least.

Low Cost of Living

The average home price in Des Moines is $147,000 (Almost half of the national average). According to The Ascent, Des Moines is the #1 Best Place to Live in the Midwest for High Salaries and Low Cost of Living. Affordability is only the start of it. The average commute in Des Moines is less than 20 minutes, and the unemployment rate is .4% less than the national average with job growth projected to be 37.4% over the next decade. All this data just points to the availability of jobs nearby, and homes that are both available and affordable (checkout Hubbell Homes’ listings to see new homes available in the area now).

Rental Options

From homes and condos to apartments, there are rental options available all over Des Moines including lots of options downtown. The average rental rate in Des Moines is almost $700 less than the national average . Des Moines is ready for the renter, and Indigo Living has available rentals all around the metro, including downtown. New communities are being built all the time, including Indigo’s brand new rental community, Level, going up in Downtown Des Moines.


In addition to the job opportunities and affordable living options, the Des Moines Metro has so much to do. The summer in Des Moines features the award winning Downtown Des Moines Farmer’s Market every Saturday. Of course, they have fresh produce, in addition to meat, cheese, eggs, baked goods, plants, flowers, artisan packaged food, handmade art, and ready-to-eat prepared food all grown/prepared by local farmers and businesses. The Saturday market also features local entertainers.

Wells Fargo Arena in Downtown Des Moines features a variety of performances and events throughout the year. This includes hosting the Iowa Wild home games, concerts throughout the year, and frequently hosting rounds of the NCAA basketball tournament (including rounds one and two of the NCAA men’s tournament in 2023). Speaking of sports, Des Moines is the perfect place to catch minor league baseball, with the Iowa Cubs home stadium, Principal Park, being right in Downtown.

Night life in Downtown Des Moines is becoming more vibrant with the opening of more bars and high-end restaurants. For the shopaholic, shopping at boutique shops in the East Village District of Downtown Des Moines (all within view of the capital building) and in West Des Moines at Jordan Creek Mall are great options for some retail-therapy.

In addition to the regular activities, the Iowa State Fair is in Des Moines every year (featuring the annual butter cow), and the annual Arts Festival and Winefest, there are so many ways to spend your free time.

National Recognition

Don’t just take our word for it, Des Moines is an amazing place according to the Wall Street Journal (“A breakout city on the forefront of America’s economic recovery”), Forbes (top ten places for businesses and careers), Midwest Living (Best Mid-Size Town in the Midwest), and many more. Check out a list of all Des Moines’ recognitions here.

There you have it! These are just a few reasons that Des Moines could be the perfect place to relocate, start your career, and spend your time.