Des Moines, IA Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2021-02-06
87
Des Moines's Overall Cost Of Living
0.9x
Lower Than The National Average
33 out of 80
In Iowa
1,128 out of 6,399
In America
The cost of living index is set to 100 for the average place in America. An index above 100 means Des Moines is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in Des Moines, IA?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Des Moines has an overall cost of living index of 87 which is 0.9x lower than the national index of 100.

Compared to only Iowa, Des Moines has a cost of living index that's 1.0x lower than Iowa's index of 90.

The standard of living in Des Moines ranks as #1,128 most affordable out of the 6,522 places we measured in Iowa. By definition, that implies Des Moines ranks as the #5,279 most expensive place in the Hawkeye State.

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Des Moines Cost Of Living Vs. Iowa

Living Expense Des Moines Iowa National Average
Overall 87 90 100
Services 93 96 100
Groceries 95 98 100
Health 96 100 100
Housing 70 73 100
Transportation 102 101 100
Utilities 89 98 100
For more reading on cost of living around Iowa, check out:
Des Moines Cost of Living Vs. IA

Des Moines, IA Housing Cost Breakdown

Housing swings affordability the most between places in Iowa, so we broke down the statistics around housing costs into more detail. It's also important to consider median household incomes to make apples-to-apples comparisons across locations.

Home and income come data comes from the most recent US Census ACS 2014-2018.

$133,200
Median Home Value
$855
Median Rent
$53,525
Median Income
Statistic Des Moines Iowa United States
Median Home Value $133,200 $147,800 $217,500
Median Rent $855 $789 $1,062
Median Income $53,525 $60,523 $62,843
Home Value To Income 2.5x 2.4x 3.5x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.19x 0.16x 0.2x

Detailed Des Moines Services Costs Vs. Iowa

Item Des Moines Iowa
Shampoo $1.07 $1.01
Movie $9.06 $10.72
Bowling $17.6 $13.86

Detailed Des Moines Groceries Costs Vs. Iowa

Item Des Moines Iowa
Ground Beef $3.23 $3.9
Fried Chicken $1.71 $1.4
Milk $2.22 $1.96

Detailed Des Moines Health Costs Vs. Iowa

Item Des Moines Iowa
Haircut $17.17 $17.49
Beauty Salon $31.0 $38.17
Toothpaste $1.94 $2.32

Detailed Des Moines Transportation Costs Vs. Iowa

Item Des Moines Iowa
Potatoes $2.2 $3.18
Pizza $9.99 $10.39
Beer $8.5 $9.23
Optometrist $114.14 $106.34
Doctor $123.0 $115.25
Dentist $81.17 $98.38

Detailed Des Moines Utilities Costs Vs. Iowa

Item Des Moines Iowa
Gasoline $2.61 $2.59
Tire Balancing $52.99 $48.9
All Electricity $137.97 $167.6
Phone $176.49 $163.42

Des Moines SnackAbility

6
/10
Overall SnackAbility
Jobs
6/10
Housing
7
Affordability
8
Diversity
9
Safety
3
Amenities
9
Education
8
Commute
9

Cost Of Living In Cities Around Des Moines

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. Des Moines
West Des Moines, IA 65,606 97 1.1x
Ankeny, IA 61,938 96 1.1x
Urbandale, IA 43,441 97 1.1x
Johnston, IA 21,406 103 1.2x
Waukee, IA 20,785 97 1.1x
Altoona, IA 18,458 93 1.1x
Clive, IA 17,167 102 1.2x
Grimes, IA 12,839 97 1.1x
Norwalk, IA 10,978 93 1.1x
Pleasant Hill, IA 9,871 96 1.1x

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