There are twelve states in the Midwest, but one city is growing like crazy. That city is Des Moines, Iowa.
The place that was once just a flyover state has become a hip place to be. Iowa’s capital, Des Moines, has a lot to offer, which is why the metro area’s population increased 2 percent in the 12-month period ending July 2016, according to the annual U.S. Census Bureau. But what does a 2 percent increase look like? Just in the past year alone, the greater Des Moines area added 12,145 residents to its population, which means Des Moines now has over 634,725 people.
So, what makes Des Moines such a hot place to be right now? The easy answer: lots of things.
From trendy restaurants to a lively nightlife, Des Moines is doing it right. In fact, these are some of my top must dos in Des Moines:
Americana: Let’s be honest, you’re here for the drinks. For just $14, you can do the bottomless Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar, which is amazing. To make your morning even better, hit up their buffet for only $18. Or do all of the above for a total of $30. And trust me that will be the best $30 you will ever spend.
[Brunch- Saturday 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.]
Downtown Farmer’s Market: Held on Court Avenue downtown Des Moines, this farmer’s market is a must in the summer time. With over 300 vendors, you are sure to find something you like. From fresh picked flowers to delicious breakfast foods, the Downtown Farmer’s Market has it all.
[Saturdays May 6 – Oct. 28. 7 am – noon]
East Village: Known as Des Moines’ most vibrant and diverse district, the East Village has something for everyone. This area has over 200+ shops and services with some of my favorite dining and nightlife in the area.
It’s this up and coming city that makes young professionals like Kyle Donnelly want to live here. Donnelly, a twenty-five-year-old Real Estate Analyst at Principal Financial Group, says he wouldn’t live anywhere but Des Moines.
“Des Moines drew me in instantly,” Donnelly said. “I love all of the opportunities and careers that this city has to offer. On top of that, it’s a great place to explore. As an avid biker and runner I’m never without a trail.”
This is exactly why we heart Des Moines. Now go and explore the city that we both love.