Retire in Des Moines, IA

Livability Score
60
** The AARP Livability Index scores neighborhoods and communities across the U.S. for the services and amenities that impact your life the most.
Total Population
206702
Median Househould Income
46430
Median Age
33.4
65 Years and Over
22522
Median Home Value
117600
Unemployed
9437
** 2014 US census data
Restaurants
1. Patton's

This is probably one of my favorite restaurants to take folks to in Des Moines as it's a complete treasure. The fried chicken is outstanding but I'd trade...

2. Tacos Mariana's

Went here tonight for my husbands birthday with a big group. The tacos were amazing. My favorite was the chorizo! The staff was super nice. Great experience...

3. Cafe Fuzion

I didn't know what to expect with this place, but it definitely exceeded any expectations I had! My husband and I feasted! Chicken pad thai for me...

4. Aroy-Dee

Fantastic portions and spot on flavors. The large pho dishes are plenty for 2. My wife loved the vermicelli dishes as well.

5. The Stuffed Olive

Cedar Falls transplants who long for a drinking experience to remind them of their college years will feel an assault of déjà vu at this formerly Cedar...

Golf
1. West Grand Golf

This was a wonderful course! Each hole was completely different and it used the natural environment very well. It was a little difficult to find at first...

2. Hyperion Field Club

Holiday Lunch today with old pals we call the "Dudes". Had 'to die for' Rueben with homemade coleslaw and Bloody Mary.

3. The Legacy Golf Club

I live in Minnesota but played this course as part of a TwinCitiesGolf.com spring golf trip and liked it so much I keep coming back at least once a year....

4. Otter Creek Golf Course

Top notch....hmmmp...hmmmp...hmmmp This course is beautifully designed and maintained. It's kinda links style and is not made to eat a dozen balls each...

5. Backspin Indoor Golf & Bar

What a great place! Their prices are decent. Great hours. The owner/manager working Tuesday was very helpful. Answered all our questions & gave me a flyer....

Active
1. Gray's Lake Park

Love to stretch my legs while seeing the sights of downtown from the beautiful Grays lake! There are always friendly people along the path. Groundskeepers...

2. Waterworks Park

Waterworks Park is a beautiful place to take a walk, ride your bike, have a picnic. I love spending time on this beautiful path in the summer, there is...

3. Roots Prenatal Yoga

I have been attending the Prenatal Yoga classes at the Family Tree since I was about 20 weeks. I was looking for not only a safe way to move and stay...

4. Iowa Cubs Baseball

An all American Classic past time. And totally affordable!!! Such a well maintained stadium and field and fireworks almost every Friday! Another bonus!!...

5. lululemon athletica

This store has relocated to Jordan Creek Mall (near the Apple Store/Coach/J Crew) from the East Village. While it's sad it's gone from the local flair of...

Arts
1. Des Moines Art Center

A great museum. Seriously. One of my favorites in the country. The museum itself is light filled and beautiful. The collection is varied and fabulous. From...

2. Fleur Cinema & Cafe

Since moving to Des Moines, Fleur Cinema has become one of my favorite spots! They always have great films playing, and most of them you can't see anywhere...

3. Varsity Theatre

I love going to the Varsity. It's a huge theatre and always showing independent, off-beat movies. You can get in for a very reasonable price (especially...

4. Pinot's Palette - Des Moines

Love the teachers and staff here, and always have such a fun time here! They do such a great job teaching and making sure everyone has a great time while...

5. Vaudeville Mews

It's the Mews - what else can you say? Went here and saw classmates bands perform here back in the day. Now I visit semi-regularly to see local bands I...

Shopping
1. Eden

We visit a few times a year to stock up on our favorites! They have a wide range of the best products, have a relaxing and beautiful atmosphere, and the...

2. Raygun

What a great little shop. They have lots of cool t-shirts, tanktops, and souvenirs. They even have a coffee shop here. This place is just unique and...

3. Capes Kafé

Geek out! Get your coffee and the comic book that you have been waiting for. This little coffee house is set up perfectly in the ground floor of the Des...

4. Hill Vintage and Knits

Love this place. The owners are great and real personable. I have many items from the store. They throw a pretty good party too! Good cat themes, funny...

5. Fleet Feet

I was sent to Fleet Feet by my podiatrist and was very happy with their service and fitting expertise. I have happy feet now and less pain generating from...

Health
1. Capital Chiropractic & Rehabilitation Center

Wow!!! Professional, Great and helpful staff, wonderful treatment! What more could you ask for in a rehabilitation center??? I've been going to Dr. Chris...

2. Vogue Vision Center

I have been wearing glasses since I was seven years old (thanks genetics!) I've had countless eye exams and glasses over the years. I had a great...

3. Mercy Medical Center

This is really a remarkable hospital in my opinion. Very caring staff, and the Neonatal Intensive care unit is one of the best in the state. They have a...

4. Brady Dental Care

Very welcoming staff, clean and neat building, the most modern dental equipment, and all the staff I've encountered are highly competent at what they do. I...

5. Des Moines Acupuncture Clinic

I went in not believing acupuncture would make any difference with my sinus problems. After a few visits I felt better than I had in years. I see Abby...

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