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Average rent in Des Moines, IA

$1,005/mo Des Moines, IA average rental price, February 2023
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The average monthly rent of apartments in Des Moines, IA is $1,005.

    Des Moines, IA apartment rent ranges

    About 30% of apartment rents in Des Moines, IA range between $1,001-$1,500. Meanwhile, apartments priced over $1,501-$2,000 represent 6% of apartments. Around 52% of Des Moines’s apartments are in the $701-$1,000 price range. 10% of apartments are priced between $501-$700.

    Des Moines, IA rent trends

    Getting around in Des Moines, IA

    54 /100
    Somewhat Walkable
    34 /100
    Some Transit
    69 /100
    Walk Score®: 54, Transit Score®: 34, Bike Score®: 69

    Frequently asked questions

    When were prices and availability in Des Moines, IA last updated?

    Prices and availability in Des Moines, IA were last updated on 31 Mar 2023.

    What are the best apartments in Des Moines, IA?

    The best apartments in Des Moines, IA are: Pioneer Estates, Ingersoll Towers, Park Avenue by Broadmoor, The Scott At East Village and Weston Park Apartments.

    What is the average rent in Des Moines, IA?

    The average rent in Des Moines, IA is $1,005. Start your search for apartments in Des Moines, IA now.

    What is the price range for a studio apartment in Des Moines, IA?

    The price range for a studio apartment in Des Moines, IA is between $696 and $1,744. View all studio apartments in Des Moines, IA.

    What is the price range for a 1-bedroom apartment in Des Moines, IA?

    The price range for a 1-bedroom apartment in Des Moines, IA is between $660 and $1,845. Browse all available 1-bedroom apartments in Des Moines, IA now.

    What is the price range for a 2-bedroom apartment in Des Moines, IA?

    The price range for a 2-bedroom apartment in Des Moines, IA is between $650 and $2,328. Browse and find a 2-bedroom apartment in Des Moines, IA.

    What is the price range for a 3-bedroom apartment in Des Moines, IA?

    The price range for a 3-bedroom apartment in Des Moines, IA is between $650 and $2,007. Browse all available 3-bedroom apartments in Des Moines, IA.

    What type of rental buildings are in Des Moines, IA?

    In Des Moines 40% of the housing is rented out compared to 60% of homes are owned, according to the most recent Census Bureau estimates. 18% of Des Moines’s apartments are found in large buildings of 50 units or more, 55% are located in smaller apartment complexes with less than 50 units, and 25% are single-family rentals.

    What do typical apartment communities look like in Des Moines, IA?

    The average age of rental buildings in Des Moines is 33 years old, with 37% being newer apartment buildings completed since 2000. The average height of apartment buildings in the city is 4 stories, of which 81% are garden-style apartment communities, 13% are mid-sized buildings, and 6% are high-rises. These characteristics describe large-scale apartment communities of 50 apartments or more.

    What apartment floorplans are common in Des Moines, IA?

    Rental apartments in Des Moines come in a range of sizes and floorplans. Studio apartments represent 10% of units for rent, ideal for singles, renters on a budget and people who value central locations more than space. Rentals with 1-bedroom floorplans make up 41% of the total apartments in the city, while 2-bedroom floorplans represent around 44% of all rentals in Des Moines. The rest are larger floorplans with 3 bedrooms or more, typically preferred by families, larger households or roommates sharing space.

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    Living in Des Moines, IA

    Des Moines is Iowa's capital and the state’s most populous city, named after the Des Moines River passing through it. This small city is popular for its unique neighborhoods, big-city amenities, affordability and high quality of life that often places it among the best places to live in Iowa. Average temperatures in Des Moines range between 25°F and 74°F year-round, with cool winters and humid summers with occasional tornado and thunderstorm warnings. Des Moines is a major center of the U.S. insurance industry that continuously attracts young professionals.

    Renting in Des Moines, IA

    Des Moines has plenty of options for those who opt to rent their homes. Centrally located apartments are the most desirable, though rents tend to be higher in these areas. Downtown Des Moines is a walkable area close to shops, restaurants, grocery stores and everyday necessities. Gray's Lake, Sherman Hill, East Village and the Historic Court District are some of the neighborhoods where you can find one to three-bedroom apartments and luxury lofts. Linden Heights, Waterbury, Salisbury Oaks, Ingersoll Park and Westwood are upscale neighborhoods, with family-friendly communities and larger single-family homes and townhomes. For renters who are on a budget, more affordable apartments can be found in the neighborhoods located near the city limits. In Des Moines, the landlord may require a security deposit (typically not exceeding two months' rent), renter's insurance and an application fee. This is not mandatory by law, but it may be included in the lease agreement.

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    Des Moines, IA demographics

    Des Moines, IA has a population of 213,545 according to the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau. 108,737 of Des Moines’s residents are women and 104,808 are men. The median age of those who live in Des Moines, IA is 34.2.

    Shopping in Des Moines, IA

    There are four big shopping malls in Des Moines: Merle Hay Mall, Park Fair Mall, Southgate Shopping Center and Southridge Mall. Some of the brand names that can be found in these malls are Victoria's Secret, Banana Republic, Claire's, Foot Locker, Dillard, Maurices, Barnes & Noble, Buckle, Sephora, ULTA Beauty and many more. For grocery and home goods, renters have access to Target, Walmart, Aldi, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Hy-Vee and several local chains. From May through October, Des Moines hosts a downtown farmer's market spread out across eight blocks, where renters can buy various local food and drinks. Downtown Des Moines is also a popular local shopping hub to look for vintage clothing, jewelry and arts & craft stores.

    Des Moines, IA households

    • 48,161 Family
      38,831 Non-family
    • 26,332 Children
      60,660 No Children
    • 86,992Total Number of Households
    • 2.4Average People Per Household
    • $58,444Median Household Income

    According to U.S. Census data, there are 86,992 households in Des Moines, IA. 48,161 are family households and 38,831 are non-family households. There are 26,332 households with children in Des Moines and 60,660 households without children. On average, about 2.4 people live in a household in Des Moines, IA.

    Transportation in Des Moines, IA

    Because it's located at the crossroads of interstates 35 and 80, Des Moines has one of the shortest commutes in the state. There are reliable public bus services in the city, although renters often use their cars for most errands. Public bus routes in the city are provided by the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART). Other bus services running through the metro area are Greyhound, Jefferson Bus Lines, Burlington Trailways and Windstar. There is currently no rail service in Des Moines, but ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft are available for renters who favor convenience. Des Moines is very pedestrian and bike-friendly, with plenty of walking and biking paths. A public BCycle service also allows users to pick up and drop a bike from several stations throughout the city. Des Moines International Airport, conveniently located just 5 miles south of the city center, is one of the biggest airports in the area.

    Des Moines, IA education statistics

    The level of education of the population of Des Moines, IA is as follows: 6% have no high school education, 36% completed some high school, 25% partially completed college, 8% have an Associate Degree, 18% have a Bachelor Degree, and 7% have a Graduate Degree.

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