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West Des Moines


 CNN Money Magazine's list of America's best small cities of 2012 West Des Moines, IA was voted #82 out of 100!            

"West Des Moines, Iowa has a population of 58,300. It may be one of the wealthiest cities in Iowa, but its real estate is surpisingly affordable -- the median cost of a home is $165,000. Though people pour into town by day to work at major firms like Hy-Vee and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, at night West Des Moines has one of the lowest population densities of the places on the list. With most housing occupying a third of an acre, it's a good place to live if you like to spread out. - L.M."  -CNN Money Magazine (

The West Des Moines School District has nine elementary schools, two junior high schools, and one high school (Valley), with a second high school for freshmen only (Valley Southwoods) and an alternative high school (Walnut Creek Campus). The school district serves more than 55,000 residents in the western portion of Polk County – West Des Moines and Clive, parts of Urbandale and Windsor Heights, and nearby rural areas. They are the ninth largest district in the state. If you would like to know more about West Des Moines Public Schools please visit their website.

                                                                               Jordan Creek Mall

West Des Moines also has an aquatic center, Valley View Aquatic Center. Valley View features 10 lane, 25 yard competitive pool with diving board and drop slide, a large leisure pool with spray features, four water slides including the "speed slide" and a 600 ft lazy river.

Valley View Aquatic Center

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