Livability Score

87
/100
i The AreaVibes Livability Score evaluates 9 different categories and creates an overall score out of 100. The higher the score, the better the area.

amenities A+

There are lots of amenities close to this location.
Coffee (7) A+
Starbucks
Coffee Shop
Java Joe's
Coffee Shop
St. Kilda
Coffee Shop
Starbucks
Coffee Shop
Ritual Cafe
Coffee Shop
Horizon Line Coffee
Coffee Shop
The Riverwalk Hub
Coffee Shop
Northern Vessel
Coffee Shop
Gateway Market Café
Coffee Shop
Scenic Route Bakery
Coffee Shop
NOSH Cafe and Eatery
Coffee Shop
Daisy Chain Coffee
Coffee Shop
Smokey Row Coffee
Coffee Shop
Plain Talk Books & Coffee
Coffee Shop
Zanzibar's Coffee Adventure
Coffee Shop
Mars Cafe
Coffee Shop
Caribou Coffee
Coffee Shop
Starbucks
Coffee Shop
Starbucks
Coffee Shop
Starbucks
Coffee Shop
Friedrich's World Coffees
Coffee Shop
Grounds For Celebration
Coffee Shop
Entertainment (8) A+
Kum & Go Theater
Theatre Arts
Temple Theater
Theatre Arts
Science Center of Iowa
Museum
Vaudeville Mews
Theatre Arts
PLATFORM
Nightclub
Civic Center of Greater Des Moines
Theatre Arts
Principal Park
Stadium
Unknown Name
Theatre Arts
World Food Prize Hall of Laureates
Museum
Hoyt Sherman Place
Theatre Arts
Simon Estes Amphitheater
Theatre Arts
Iowa Hall of Pride
Museum
Unknown Name
Theatre Arts
Iowa Events Center
Attraction
Hutchens Stadium
Stadium
The Garden Nightclub
Nightclub
Lauridsen Amphitheater
Theatre Arts
State of Iowa Historical Building
Museum
The Varsity Cinema
Cinema
Black Cultural Center
Theatre Arts
La Casa Cultural Center
Theatre Arts
Sheslow Auditorium
Theatre Arts
Henry G. Harmon Fine Arts Center
Theatre Arts
Williams Metro Stadium
Stadium
Drake Stadium
Stadium
Food and Drink (31) A+
Panera Bread
Fast Food
Secret Admirer
Bar
Taco Bell
Fast Food
Fighting Burrito
Fast Food
Jimmy John's
Fast Food
The Draught House
Bar
300 Craft & Rooftop
Bar
Potbelly
Fast Food
Jimmy John's
Fast Food
Red Monk
Bar
The Royal Mile
Bar
Barcadium
Bar
Pints Pub & Patio
Bar
Brecks
Bar
The Lift
Bar
Exile Brewing Company
Bar
Court Avenue Brewing Company
Bar
Johnny's Hall of Fame
Bar
Unknown Name
Bar
The Exchange
Bar
Ricochet
Bar
Annie's Irish Pub
Bar
Beer Can Alley
Bar
American Outlaws Bar
Bar
The Stuffed Olive
Bar
Fitness (1) C-
Anytime Fitness
Gym
Robert Mickle Center
Community Centre
CrossFit 8035, at The Garage
Gym
Gigi's Pilates Studio
Gym
Capitol Row
Gym
Pioneer Columbus Community Recreation Center
Community Centre
Steven N. Blank Variety Club Youth Center
Community Centre
Harmony Yoga
Gym
Polk County Central Senior Center
Community Centre
Friendship Baptist Center
Community Centre
Gregory and Suzie Glazer Burt Boys & Girls Club
Community Centre
Planet Fitness
Gym
Snap Fitness
Gym
Fitness by Design
Gym
Polk County Northside Community Center
Community Centre
Chesterfield Community Center
Community Centre
Anytime Fitness
Gym
Farrell's
Gym
Anytime Fitness
Gym
Northwest Community Center
Community Centre
Groceries (2) B
Hy-Vee
Grocery Store
Insomnia Cookies
Bakery
Graziano Brothers
Grocery Store
Molly's Cupcakes
Bakery
Gateway Market
Grocery Store
New Oriental Food Store
Grocery Store
Crème Cupcake
Bakery
Plaza Food Market
Grocery Store
Jung's Oriental Food Store
Grocery Store
Hilal Groceries
Grocery Store
Price Chopper
Grocery Store
Paul
Bakery
Cash Saver
Grocery Store
Hy-Vee
Grocery Store
The Cheese Shop of Des Moines
Cheese
La Mie Bakery
Bakery
Fareway
Grocery Store
Campbell's Nutrition
Grocery Store
Hy-Vee
Grocery Store
Fareway
Grocery Store
Price Chopper
Grocery Store
El Palmino
Grocery Store
ALDI
Grocery Store
Hy-Vee
Grocery Store
Fareway
Grocery Store
Parks (14) A+
Unknown Name
Park
Unknown Name
Playground
Courtyard Greenspace
Park
Unknown Name
Playground
Temple Chess & Poetry Garden
Park
Western Gateway Park
Park
Raccoon River Greenway
Park
John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Park
Unknown Name
Park
Cowles Commons
Park
Unknown Name
Park
Unknown Name
Park
Unknown Name
Playground
Lynne Cutler Park
Park
American Enterprise Group Art Park
Park
Unknown Name
Park
Unknown Name
Park
Unknown Name
Playground
Unknown Name
Park
Unknown Name
Playground
Unknown Name
Park
Unknown Name
Playground
Unknown Name
Park
Unknown Name
Park
Hansen Triangle Park
Park
Shops (6) A+
West End Architectural Salvage
Furniture
Josephs Jewelers
Fashion
BP Shop
Convenience Store
Kum & Go
Convenience Store
DGX
Convenience Store
QuikTrip
Convenience Store
Funky Finds Vintage & Retro
Furniture
BP Shop
Convenience Store
Boot Barn
Shoes
Git N Go
Convenience Store
Air Filter Sales & Services
Home Improvement
west elm
Furniture
Luxe Beauty Lounge
Beauty
Jett and Monkey's
Pets
MARNe
Clothing
Kum & Go
Convenience Store
Velvet Coat
Clothing
Janes Family Shop
Clothing
Petals + Moss
Interior Decoration
Salon Revolution
Hairdresser
East Village Pantry
Convenience Store
J. Michaels Salon
Hairdresser
KIN
Fashion
She Home & Gift
Interior Decoration
Sticks Gallery
Furniture
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commute A+

Of all people who commute, 5.4% take public transportation in Downtown Des Moines.
Public Transit Stops (32)
Stops & Stations
A+
DART Central Station
Bus Station
Cherry St & Dart Central Station
Bus Stop
Unknown Name
Bus Stop
Unknown Name
Bus Stop
Locust St & 10th St
Bus Stop
Locust St & 9th St
Bus Stop
7th St & Walnut St
Bus Stop
Locust St & 12th St
Bus Stop
Locust St & 8th St
Bus Stop
6th Ave & Walnut St
Bus Stop
Locust St & 13th St
Bus Stop
Locust St & 7th St
Bus Stop
7th St & Locust St
Bus Stop
Grand Ave & 10th St
Bus Stop
Grand Ave & 9th St
Bus Stop
Grand Ave & 12th St
Bus Stop
Locust St & 6th Ave
Bus Stop
6th Ave & Locust St
Bus Stop
Dart Ride Share
Bus Station
High St & 10th St
Bus Stop
High St & 9th St
Bus Stop
Locust St & 15th St (Far-Side)
Bus Stop
High St & 10th St
Bus Stop
Grand Ave & 7th St
Bus Stop
7th St & Grand Ave
Bus Stop
Workers Taking Public Transit
5.4%
B
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cost of living B

The cost of living in Downtown Des Moines is 110/100 - which is 23% higher than Iowa.
Cost of Living
Goods & Services, Housing, etc.
C
Tax Rates
Income & Sales Tax
D
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crime A

Downtown Des Moines crime rates are 968 per 100k, which is 40% lower than Iowa
Property Crime
797 crimes per 100k
A+
Violent Crime
171 crimes per 100k
A
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employment A

The median income in Downtown Des Moines is $64,784 - which is 19% higher than Iowa.
Med. Household Income
$64,784
C
Unemployment Rate
2.6%
A-
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health A+

There are many hospitals, police and fire stations.
Health & Safety (3)
Dentist, Doctor, Hospital, etc.
A+
Des Moines Fire and Rescue Department Station 1
Fire Station
Walgreens
Pharmacy
Community, A Walgreens Pharmacy
Pharmacy
Iowa Methodist Medical Center
Hospital
DMPD Crime Prevention Building
Police
Des Moines Police Department
Police
DMPD Narcotics and Homeland Security
Police
Bergman Plastic Surgery
Doctor
Eyerly Ball Polk County Clinic
Clinic
Unknown Name
Hospital
Ingersoll Family Physicians
Doctor
Iowa Ortho
Doctor
Women's Health Specialists
Doctor
Primary Health Care
Doctor
Unknown Name
Hospital
Eyerly Ball Community Mental Health Services
Clinic
Diagnostic Clinic
Doctor
MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center
Hospital
MercyOne Des Moines Neurosurgery & Spine Care
Doctor
PHC University Medical Clinic
Clinic
Des Moines Fire Station 6
Fire Station
Des Moines Fire and Rescue Department Station 4
Fire Station
Ingersoll Family Dentistry
Dentist
Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine
Doctor
Des Moines University Clinic
Clinic
Air Quality
Median Air Quality
A-
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housing A+

Downtown Des Moines home prices are $305,300 - which is 130% higher than Iowa
Home Price
$305,300
A+
Home Appreciation Rate
22%
A+
Home Affordability
4.7x (home price to income ratio)
F
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schools B-

The Downtown Des Moines graduation rate is 87% - which is 1% lower than Iowa
School Test Scores
57%
D+
High School Grad. Rates
87%
B-
Elementary Schools (1) F
Walnut Street School
Downtown School
St Anthony Elementary School
Edmunds Fine Arts Academy
Mckinley Elementary School
Carver Elementary
Ruby Van Meter
Smouse Opportunity School
Ruby Van Meter School
Park Ave Elementary School
Callanan Middle School
King Elementary School
Moulton Elementary School
Holy Family School
Howe Elementary
Capitol View Elementary School
Greenwood Elementary School
Brody Middle School
Hiatt Middle School
Weeks Middle School
Des Moines Adventist School
Jefferson Elementary School
South Union Elementary School
St Augustin Catholic School
Hubbell Elementary
High Schools (0) F
Scavo Alternative High School
Lincoln High School
Ruby Van Meter
Ruby Van Meter School
East High School
North High School
Roosevelt High School
Orchard Place School
Joshua Christian Academy
Virtual Campus
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ratings A+

Downtown Des Moines has an overall rating of 91% from 5 reviews.
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A+
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Downtown Des Moines Area Facts

  • Downtown Des Moines has a Livability Score of 87/100, which is considered exceptional
  • Downtown Des Moines crime rates are 60% lower than the Des Moines average
  • Cost of living in Downtown Des Moines is 22% higher than the Des Moines average
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A+ Amenities

Are there many local amenities in Downtown Des Moines? Yes, there are lots of amenities close to this location.

Parks

Unknown Name
Unknown Name
Courtyard Greenspace
Unknown Name
Temple Chess & Poetry Garden
Western Gateway Park
Raccoon River Greenway
John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park

Entertainment

Kum & Go Theater
Temple Theater
Science Center of Iowa
Vaudeville Mews
PLATFORM
Civic Center of Greater Des Moines
Principal Park
Unknown Name

Food & Drink

Panera Bread
Secret Admirer
Taco Bell
Fighting Burrito
Jimmy John's
The Draught House
300 Craft & Rooftop
Potbelly

A+ Commute

Is public transit available in Downtown Des Moines? Of all people who commute, 5.4% take public transportation in Downtown Des Moines.
Drive to Work
63%

18% lower than the US average

Take Public Transit
5%

4% higher than the US average

Walk to Work
23%

19% higher than the US average

A+ Health & Safety

Is Downtown Des Moines a healthy and safe place to live? Yes, there are many hospitals, police and fire stations.

Hospitals

Iowa Lutheran Hospital
Broadlawns Medical Center
MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center
Iowa Methodist Medical Center
Mercy Beaverdale Medical Clinic
Mercy Franklin Center
VA Medical Center

Pharmacies

Medicap Pharmacy
Target Pharmacy
Price Chopper Pharmacy
Broadlawns Medical Center Pharmacy
Hy-Vee Pharmacy
Price Chopper Pharmacy
Bauder Pharmacy
Walgreens

Doctors

Dr. Nick Palmer/Jim Ellefson Free Medical Clinic
Central Iowa Neurology PC
Whole Health Chiropractic
The Livewell Clinic
Foot & Ankle Institute
MercyOne Des Moines Neurosurgery & Spine Care
Bergman Plastic Surgery
Des Moines Pediatric & Adolescent Clinic

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