Des Moines among top places to live in America, U.S. News says.
Iowa’s capital has been named among the top 10 best cities to live in America, according to a new report.
U.S. News & World Report ranked Des Moines fourth in its Best Places rankings released Tuesday — which analyzed 125 metro areas in the U.S. based on five indexes: Desirability, job market, quality of life, net migration and value.
Last year, Des Moines came in ninth. And, in 2016, placed 11th.
On a sliding scale from zero to 10, Des Moines tallied an overall score of 7.3. Here’s how it scored in each category:
Net Migration: 7.5
Job Market: 7.3
Quality of Life: 7.0
The rankings were determined by a public survey, and data came from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a news release said.
What did U.S. News say about Des Moines?
About Des Moines, U.S. News said: “The capital of this so-called flyover state may not top your to-visit list, but Des Moines is a great place to live and raise a family. Elegant colonial and Tudor-style homes built in the early 1900s hide in quiet neighborhoods minutes from buzzy downtown, where lofts and condos draw the millennial crowd. Many families with kids flock to the suburbs where new housing developments continually pop up.
“And there’s plenty to do and see in Des Moines,” the report continued. “Cultural events and festivals draw all ages to the downtown area. One-of-a-kind shops, locally owned restaurants and hip bars enliven entertainment districts. And plenty of bike trails and parks (and even a few lakes) provide opportunities for outdoor recreation.”
Additionally, the excerpt concluded with: “The people of Des Moines are some of the nicest you’ll ever meet.”
In February, U.S. News named Iowa as the top state to live in America.