Life in West Des Moines

GoWest for the future.

From tech jobs to careers in the healthcare industry, the West Des Moines job market continues to grow. Explore what makes this the perfect community to start or grow your career.


Where innovation and dreams run wild.

From young professionals to growing families, locals are discovering that West Des Moines’ combination of small-town character and big-city benefits has something special to offer everyone.

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Find your home here.

West Des Moines boasts a wide variety of housing options all at competitive pricing. From historic homes on cobblestone streets to modern condos to elegant estates, you can find the perfect home for you. West Des Moines’ unique mix of high-paying jobs and affordable homes make it the perfect place to start your career, grow your family, or plan for the future.

Moving to West Des Moines? Find tips and helpful resources to make moving hassle-free.

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Educational excellence around every corner.

Education is the foundation of our success. The West Des Moines area is home to universities and colleges with nationally acclaimed degree programs and many public and private K-12 schools regularly recognized for excellence. With easy access to a growing job market and unmatched quality of life, many college and high school graduates decide to grow their careers in West Des Moines.

West Des Moines boasts six public school districts and four private schools with more than 22,000 students. Area schools focus on innovative programs to teach and prepare students for a future with limitless opportunity. Learn more about what each school district or private school offers.

Higher Education
The West Des Moines area is home to a variety of higher education institutions from community and technical colleges to four-year universities. Learn more about the colleges and universities.

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Work hard. Play even harder.

 In West Des Moines, we take rest and relaxation seriously. Residents enjoy easy access to nature trails, biking trails, canoeing and kayaking, and more at Raccoon River Park. The newly constructed MidAmerican Energy Company RecPlex brings a one-of-a-kind, world-class sports facility to our community. The city’s investment in residents’ quality of life doesn’t end there.

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