Beautiful parks, waterfront living, and an afternoon of kayaking or sailing with green, rolling hills just over the horizon. Des Moines, WA has it all.
Located on the Puget Sound between Tacoma and Seattle, Des Moines is home to a diverse, successful population of full-time residents. There are sights to see on the water in every season, and life on dry land is full of adventure, too! Des Moines features beautiful parks, public art installations, a busy schedule of community events, and a population that loves to stay healthy by spending time outdoors.
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Des Moines is a mid-sized city; with a steadily growing population of just over 31,000 residents spread over 6.5 square miles of area. Home values and median household income in Des Moines are both right in line with Washington's excellent averages, so this is a great place to invest in your future. The climate here is very pleasant throughout the year, with relatively mild winters and cool, comfortable summer days. Family homes make up more than 60 percent of Des Moines residences, and the city features a diverse population with influences from around the world. Properties in Des Moines trend toward the spectacular, with architecture and views you simply have to see to believe.
Public schools in Des Moines are part of the Highline Public Schools District, which does a great job developing the skills students need to succeed. There are a total of 45 schools and instructional programs in the district, including 18 elementary schools, four middle schools, and 12 high schools. Local students also have access to a skills center, charter school, and a number of specialized programs. Colleges near Des Moines include Highline Community College, the University of Puget Sound, Bates Technical College, and many more.
The employment market in Des Moines offers nice variety, fitting for a city with such diverse residents. Living by the water means that service industries are strong here, including food-service, transportation, and tourism-related industries. Construction, production, and material moving industries make strong showings as well. You'll also find quite a few opportunities in office and management occupations, along with an above-average number of jobs in healthcare fields. And the booming job market of Seattle is just 15 miles to the north.
Life is always more fun near the water, and Des Moines makes great use of its natural scenery throughout the year. The Des Moines Marina allows easy access to your boat, and is located right next to the bustling Marina District. And if you love to fish, you'll never run out of new hot-spots to explore around Des Moines. The local park system provides year-round fun for all ages, and includes the stunning Zenith Holland Gardens. Des Moines is a very art-friendly city, as well, and you'll find public sculptures throughout the city thanks to the city's Art on Poverty Bay initiative. And of course, no matter where you go in Des Moines, you're never far from fresh, local, expertly prepared seafood.
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