Des Moines, Iowa is slowly expanding due to the emerging tech scene, but frankly I feel bad for the young corporate employees that are asked to move there! Sure the low cost of living is ideal for these individuals, but is it really sacrificing a social/night life or the ability to enjoy the outdoors for? Today, I would like to share with you 10 reasons NOT to move to Des Moines, Iowa.
- Humidity & Allergens: The summer’s are extremely hot and humid and because of the humidity pollen allergens and bugs are a huge issue. Des Moines ranks within the top 10 worst cities in the country in terms of pollen allergens. If you struggle with allergens elsewhere- do not move to Des Moines.
- Extreme Weather: Of course, it is cold in the winters in Iowa, BUT, due to its flat land Iowa has horrid winds that can make the wind-chill temperature 15-20 degrees below the actual temperature. In addition, Iowa’s flat land makes it prone to natural disasters such as flash-flooding and tornadoes.
- No Outdoor Activities: Related to the reasons above- Des Moines doesn’t have many activities. Hiking, biking, surfing are not available and because there are no mountains- or even hills really- you can not ski or snowboard in the winter.
- Obesity: Iowa has the 4th highest obesity rate in the nation. They also consume more alcohol than the average state.
- Politics: The primaries begin in Iowa and because of it politics are a HUGE deal. On election years there are signs and lobbyists on every street corner. Des Moines is NOT the place to live if you wish to remain politically inactive.
- Not Walkable: Des Moines is extremely spread out and suburban. You must own a car to get around, especially because the public transit system is poor and the climate is too harsh to walk or bike.
- Terrible Drivers: Des Moines’ drivers were ranked the 8th worst in the entire nation.
- Summer Construction: Due to the harsh winters filled with ice and snow- Des Moines’ roads are riddled with potholes. Construction workers are unable to work in the winters- so all construction is completed in the summer months.
- The People: Des Moines is inhabited primarily by a white suburban population. There is less tolerance for things they are not used to- ex colored hair, excessive tattoos, etc.
- Boring: There’s not much to do in Des Moines! If you are not satisfied spending your nights in a bar watching football- Des Moines is probably not the place for you. Most places close before 9pm, giving the city a pretty bleak night-life.
If reading this list made you sad, don’t be! I know each city has its fair share of pros and cons, I just thought it would be helpful to share the most common complaints for living in Des Moines, Iowa. No city is perfect, but you should continue to keep HOUSTON in your home search. (: If you have any questions about your relocation to Texas, please contact me. Also, be sure to check below for additional resources that will assist you in your house hunt.
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