The capital and most populous city in Iowa, Des Moines is home to 594,900 people as well as an international airport, two universities, several large insurance companies, and headquarters for two Fortune 500 companies. A busy metropolis with a small town atmosphere and a cultural center for Iowa, the city features a rich theatre and arts presence, including the Des Moines Metro Opera, Des Moines Symphony, and The Des Moines Art Center. The thriving Downtown area includes several popular parks, art and history museums, countless options for diners and foodies alike, and other recreational activities.
The cost of living in Des Moines is about 6 percent cheaper than the national average according to Forbes but higher than the Iowa average. The median household income is $44,862, and per capita income is $23,914. The median home price is $168,600, representing a 7.9% rise in home values. The average commute in Des Moines is twenty minutes, one of the lowest for a city its size.
Des Moines Job Opportunities
Ranked 2nd on Forbes' 2014 list of Best Places for Business and Careers and Best City for Young Professionals, Jobs in Des Moines, IA are plentiful. Insurance, government, health care systems, manufacturing and trade provide the major Des Moines Jobs and industries. The city is headquarters for Principal Financial Group, Ruan Transportation and The Meredith Corporation, a leading publishing and marketing company responsible for publishing "Better Homes and Gardens." Insurance jobs are plentiful as EMC Insurance and Welmark Cross Blue Field are also headquartered in Des Moines. The city is also home to Des Moines University, Grand View University and Draker University, as well as satellite facilities from Simpson College, Upper Iowa University and William Penn University, creating more Jobs in Des Moines.
Jobs in Des Moines, IA employ people from a five-county metro area of more than 500,000 residents. The work force in Iowa ranks among the top five states in the country, with an 80 perfect high school graduation rate. Both state and local governments also create many Des Moines Jobs.
Des Moines Employment Trends
As of August 2014, Des Moines had an unemployment rate of 4.2 percent, which is lower than the Iowa average of 4.5 percent and the national average of 5.9 percent. Jobs grew at a rate of 2.8 percent in 2013 and are expected to grow at a rate of 2.9 percent in the future. Des Moines is ranked #35 in job growth by Forbes. Iowa has one of the top 10 lowest national unemployment rates and Iowa City jobs offer other opportunities if you are looking for different Iowa jobs.