Des Moines, Iowa

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The quiet capital city may be starting to shake things up. Headquarters to Fortune 500 company Principal Financial, Des Moines is attracting a number of young professionals. It has the highest labor force participation among our Small Metros, tied with Lincoln, Neb. Rents are the third lowest, and wages are extremely high in comparison. This city has a lot more than corn fields and amazing fairs. It is not very accessible though, and you will need a car to get around.

#11 Des Moines, Iowa

POPULATION: 671,736
RANKING DETAIL:
#5 EARNINGS
#3 RENT
#7 UNEMPLOYMENT
#1 LABOR FORCE PARTICIPATION

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DEMOGRAPHIC

#14 EDUCATION
#17 DIVERSITY

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QUALITY OF LIFE

#18 CITY ACCESSIBILITY
#11 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
#15 BARS AND RESTAURANTS

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