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  • The Rose of Des Moines

    The Rose of Des Moines

    1330 19th Street, Des Moines, IA 50314
    (7)
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    About The Rose of Des Moines The Rose of Des Moines offers one-bedroom and two-bedroom affordable assisted living in spacious private apartments with 24-hour monitoring and assisted living services available on-site and social programming in beautifully appointed community areas, including...

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  • Ramsey Village

    Ramsey Village

    1611 27th Street, Des Moines, IA 50310
    (14)
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    Ramsey Village Continuing Care Retirement Community located on 10-acres of beautiful landscapped land provides a full range of choices for today's seniors. Choosing a senior living community represents a lifestyle choice and we understand that our residents are choosing much more than a comfortable...

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  • Virginia Park

    Virginia Park

    2111 East Virginia Ave., Des Moines, IA 50320
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    Virginia Park Apartments is a lovely, contemporary two-story building surrounded by a spacious, open lawn, which boasts mature trees and colorful flower gardens. This community is located just minutes from downtown Des Moines. Within walking distance is a grocery store and convenience store. The...

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  • Beaverdale Estates

    Beaverdale Estates

    4610 Douglas Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310
    (39)
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    Beaverdale Estates provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment. What better place to make your home than in a happy, family-like community surrounded by all the things that make life rich. If you'd like to spend an afternoon out, you can travel a short ways toward the...

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  • The Rose of East Des Moines

    1331 Idaho Street, Des Moines, IA 50316
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    The Rose of East Des Moines is an independent living community located in Des Moines, IA. Des Moines is a part of the counties of Polk and Warren. Centrally located in downtown Des Moines, residents have easy access to hospitals, parks, shopping, and fine dining. Just about anything residents could...

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  • Shelly Rose Estates

    3721 Indianola Rd, Des Moines, IA 50320
    (3)
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    Shelly Rose Estates is a high-quality senior housing community located in the Midwestern city of Des Moines, Polk County, Ohio. Des Moines offers many opportunities to experience cultural activities and events, such as attending the Des Moines Symphony and visiting the many local art galleries and...

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  • The Shores at Pleasant Hill

    The Shores at Pleasant Hill

    1500 Edgewater Drive, Pleasant Hill, IA 50327
    (13)
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    Welcome to The Shores of Pleasant Hill.  We provide independent living, assisted living, and memory care — a flexible range of support, without a buy-in.  The building is remarkable; up on a hill, overlooking Copper Creek Lake.  Likewise, the interior has many comforts, and a...

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  • The Lodge of Ashworth, Inc.

    The Lodge of Ashworth, Inc.

    909 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines, IA 50265
    (14)
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    The Lodge of Ashworth was the first resort retirement community to emerge in Iowa. The Lodge offers one, two and three bedroom suites with unique and interesting floor plans. The Lodge is close to shopping, churches, and community amenities and services. The resort setting and appeal of The Lodge...

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  • The Reserve on Walnut Creek

    The Reserve on Walnut Creek

    2727 82nd Pl, Urbandale, IA 50322
    (10)
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    Unity Point - Des Moines is the sponsor of The Reserve on Walnut Creek, a housing alternative for independent people age 60 years and older with middle to upper income. The community is located just north of Hickman, on a little over five acres of land. The Reserve is barrier free and has sound...

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  • Illahee Hills

    Illahee Hills

    8308 Colby Parkway, Urbandale, IA 50322
    (25)
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    Illahee Hills is a senior living community here in Urbandale that is kind of a hidden gem. We are located atop a hill in a quiet residential neighborhood. We have been here more than 25 years, and have employees that have been with us since we opened! Within walking distance we have a large grocery...

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  • Edencrest at Siena Hills

    Edencrest at Siena Hills

    455 SW Ankeny Rd, Ankeny, IA 50023
    (3)
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    Edencrest at Siena Hills Assisted Living and Memory Care is your community of choice in Ankeny! We are committed to providing Red Carpet Treatment for everyone who lives, works, and visits Siena Hills. Red Carpet Treatment is more than simple hospitality; it is our way of life! Our 'Resident First'...

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  • Woodlands Creek Senior Living

    Woodlands Creek Senior Living

    12605 Woodlands Pkwy, Clive, IA 50325
    (37)
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    At Woodlands Creek Active Retirement Community, we offer 3 different levels of care to meet our residents wants and needs ranging from independent living to memory care. Independent Living Woodlands Creek Independent Living opened in 2005 and expanded in 2008. Our independent living setting...

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  • Edencrest at The Legacy

    Edencrest at The Legacy

    2901 Cedar St, Norwalk, IA 50211
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    Edencrest at The Legacy is the fifth retirement living community in the Edencrest series, offering 40 apartments of Independent Living, Assisted Living, Closer Care and Memory Care to the Norwalk community. As a resident at The Legacy, you'll enjoy freedom of choice when it comes to our wide range...

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  • Edgewater

    9225 Cascade Ave, West Des Moines, IA 50266
    (2)
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    Edgewater, a WesleyLife community, is characterized by quality that is second to none and our commitment to making every part of life a positive experience. We believe that: Real Wellness promotes good health for your entire mind, body and spirit. True Hospitality encourages personal choice and...

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  • Legacy Pointe Senior Living

    Legacy Pointe Senior Living

    1650 SE Holiday Crest Circle, Waukee, IA 50263
    (36)
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    An extraordinary retirement community for active seniors age 55 and older. Theculture is one where our residents truly Thrive. A wide array of Community Life events occur each day. Whether it's enjoying a cup of coffee at our Cafe, Working out in the Fitness Center, A friendly Billiards or...

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  • Thomas Place at Waukee

    Thomas Place at Waukee

    560 SE Brick Dr, Waukee, IA 50263
    (5)
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    Thomas Place at Waukee opened in March of 2011. We are a smoke free, pet free independent living apartment community. We offer many features in our building to help keep you independent such as indoor mailroom, indoor heated parking garage, exercise room, hair salon and more. Our grounds offer...

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  • Attivo Trail

    Attivo Trail

    835 NE Boston Parkway, Waukee, IA 50263
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    Find friendship, fun, activity and entertainment at the brand new Attivo Trail 55+ Active Living Apartment Homes in Waukee, Iowa. Fill your days doing the things you love, from spending time outdoors on our community trail to inviting friends over to relax in your stylish home. See our one and two...

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  • East Town Apartments

    East Town Apartments

    400 East 8th Street South, Newton, IA 50208
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    Quiet Retirement Community for residents 55 and older.One and two bedroom spacious apartments. Safe, Fenced, well lite property. All Units come with Garage & Storage unit with all utilities included except electricity!

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  • Vriendschap Village Senior Living

    Vriendschap Village Senior Living

    2602 Fifield Rd, Pella, IA 50219
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    Vriendschap Village Over twenty years of experience have taught us that today's seniors want more choices and are leading a more active lifestyle than generations before. That's why at Vriendschap Village we created an Independent Living, Assisted Living & Memory Care community filled with options,...

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  • Lakeside Village

    Lakeside Village

    2067 Highway 4, Panora, IA 50216
    (5)
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    The Lakeside Village is an absolutely beautiful 64- apartment, senior living community located in Panora, Iowa right on the east side of Lake Panorama. The community is a wonderful choice for seniors who want to retain their much-needed independence, while not having to worry about the hassles of...

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  • Glenwood Place

    Glenwood Place

    2907 South 6th Street, Marshalltown, IA 50158
    (7)
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    At Glenwood Place, we know the difference between truly living life to its fullest and just getting by. In fact, we playfully and lovingly refer to our community as a 'cruise ship on land!' Our proven track record of excellent care and premier lifestyle is the perfect fit for any retiree. From our...

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  • The Tallcorn

    2 North 2nd Ave, Marshalltown, IA 50158
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    CommonBond builds stable homes, strong futures, and vibrant communities. The Tallcorn has 49 affordable unique 1 & 2 bedroom urban loft style apartments. (minimum & maximum income qualifications apply)

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  • Swan Place

    Swan Place

    1024 E. 12th Street, Carroll, IA 51401
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    Swan Place is located in the picturesque small town of Carroll, Iowa. We are on the east end of town just one block south of Northeast Park. Our beautiful community evokes images of country living, with its large front porch and white picket fence in front. We have two enclosed courtyards where...

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  • Bristol Manor of Princeton

    Bristol Manor of Princeton

    200 N Fullerton Street, Princeton, MO 64673
    (1)
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    Services provided at no additional cost: Private room and private bath 3 nutritious meals per day and snacks Medication administration including insulin administration Housekeeping services Laundry service Activities Our company has been providing care for Seniors since 1990 when we built our first...

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  • Bristol Manor of Unionville

    Bristol Manor of Unionville

    715 N 22nd Street/ Highway 5 North, Unionville, MO 63565
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    Services provided at no additional cost: Private room and private bath 3 nutritious meals per day and snacks Medication administration including insulin administration Housekeeping services Laundry service Activities Our company has been providing care for Seniors since 1990 when we built our first...

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  • Mallard Point

    Mallard Point

    2603 Orchard Drive, Cedar Falls, IA 50613
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    Mallard Point provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment. Conveniently situated near Waterloo and Cedar Falls, Mallard Point offers something for everyone. And we're just minutes from shopping, golf and the Isle of Capri Casino. You'll love coming home to Mallard Point...

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  • The Rose of Waterloo

    421 Oak Avenue, Waterloo, IA 50703
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    About The Rose of Waterloo The Rose of Waterloo offers one-bedroom and two-bedroom affordable assisted living in spacious private apartments with 24-hour monitoring and assisted living services available on-site and social programming in beautifully appointed community areas, including central...

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  • Bristol Manor of Bethany

    Bristol Manor of Bethany

    811 S 24th Street, Bethany, MO 64424
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    Services provided at no additional cost: Private room and private bath 3 nutritious meals per day and snacks Medication administration including insulin administration Housekeeping services Laundry service Activities Our company has been providing care for Seniors since 1990 when we built our first...

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  • The Rose of Ames

    1315 Coconino Road, Ames, IA 50014
    (4)
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    The Rose of Ames independent living community is located in Ames, Iowa. The community has 56 units situated in a tranquil residential neighborhood on the border of Ames in Story County. It is also located in a part that has low crime rates making it quite safe for residents. The Mary Greeley Medical...

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  • Hancock Apartments

    1130 Hancock Drive, Boone, IA 50036
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    Hancock Apartments is a senior housing complex located in the city of Boone which is the county seat of Boone County, Iowa. With a real community feel in a comfortable neighborhood, Hancock Apartments is a wonderful choice for your new place of residence. Boone is a small but interesting city with...

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  • Benton Place Apartments

    520 Benton Ave W, Albia, IA 52531
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    Benton Place Apartments is an affordable and pleasant senior housing community located in the charming city of Albia in Monroe County, Iowa. Albia is a quiet but active community with friendly citizens. Albia hosts many different community events, such as shows and farmer's markets. Must-sees are...

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  • Oakwood Terrace

    400 West Elm, Princeton, MO 64673
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    Oakwood Terrace senior housing is in Princeton town, Mercer County, Missouri. The low-income housing is only a two-hour drive Northeast of Kansas City. The 55+ who are looking for convenient onsite accommodation will be attracted to our all bills paid 35 senior apartments. From our apartments, the...

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  • Bridges

    214 Washington St, Waterloo, IA 50701
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    Bridges is an independent living community based in the calm neighborhoods of Waterloo in Black Hawk County, IA. The lovely terrain and fresh atmosphere in which our community is located gives our residents a beautiful place to lead an independent life. Discover convenience and accessibility...

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  • Hotel President

    500 Sycamore Street, Waterloo, IA 50703
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    We have beautiful studio and 1 bedroom apartments completely renovated that feature new carpet, new hardwood floors, new cabinets, new stove, refrigerators, sinks, and microwaves. We offer a home buddy personal emergency response system that features no base station and does not require a landline...

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  • Bishop Drumm Retirement Center

    5837 Winwood Dr, Johnston, IA 50131
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  • Deerfield a CCRC

    13731 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50323
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  • Meadows Independent Living

    1200 2nd St SW, Clarion, IA 50525
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  • Rosewood Estate

    1117 Maxhelen Blvd, Waterloo, IA 50702
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Independent Living in Des Moines, IA

Independent living communities, also known simply as retirement communities in Des Moines, IA, are geared towards seniors who are able to live on their own, without daily assistance, and prefer to live among people their age. This usually means residents are self-sufficient and do not require hands-on care. Think of Des Moines retirement communities as age-restricted (typically 55+) complexes, which provide organized activities, meal services, and transportation.

The median monthly cost of independent living in Des Moines is about $2,124 in the city proper, and $2,115 within the metropolitan area. The median monthly cost for independent living in the state of Iowa is around $1,949.

For this type of senior living, Des Moines, IA offers many great options, and A Place for Mom can help you find the right one.

Cost of Living in Des Moines, IA

Des Moines is considered to be much more affordable than other similarly sized cities. The cost-of-living index is rated 14 points below the national average and the grocery index is rated 7 points below the national average. All index scores are based on a sliding scale with the national average set at 100.

Cost-of-living index Grocery index Median rent Rent burden Median home value Median family income Estate tax
86 93 $992 18.4% spend over 30% of their income on rent $123,403 $49,999 The top inheritance tax rate is 15% and there is no exemption threshold

Local Medical Providers

The top hospitals that service Des Moines include:

  • VA Central Iowa Health Care System - This government run community provides care to the region's veterans. They offer acute care as well as specialized medical services including surgery, mental health care, and geriatric care.
  • MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center - Consistently ranked as the top hospital in the city and one of the best in the state, this community offers a range of services across 875 staffed beds.
  • Iowa Lutheran Hospital - This community provides care to a total of 224 staffed beds. They offer emergency and trauma treatment, behavioral medicine, general surgery, critical care, and home health care.

Climate and Weather

Des Moines has a hot-summer humid continental type of climate. This means that the city experiences four distinct seasons with extreme high temperatures in the summer and extreme low temperatures in the winter. The summers are humid and in the winter the city receives a high volume of snowfall. On average, the humidity level for Des Moines is roughly 70%. The average humidity levels are highest during the month of December at roughly 75%.

Seasonal Temperatures

Average summer temp Typical summer high Typical summer low Average winter temp Typical winter high Typical winter low
76°F 89°F (July) 62°F (July) 27°F 39°F (February) 14°F (January)

Air Quality

Average air quality index rating Average maximum air quality index rating
42 (Good) 59 in the month of December (Moderate)

Moderate air quality conditions means that those who are unusually sensitive to particulates in the air should consider limiting the amount of time spent on outdoor exertion.

Precipitation

Average monthly precipitation Average maximum monthly precipitation Average yearly snowfall
3” 7” (June) 33”

Demographics and Values

Des Moines tends to lean liberal in most elections. This is due in part to the large population of college students that live there as well as the city being the capital of Iowa and the largest metropolitan area in the state.

2016 Presidential Election for Polk County

Voted Democratic Voted Republican Voted Third Party
51.74% 40.38% 7.89%

Population Statistics

Population metro area Population city proper Population density Population trend
481,222 217,521 952 people per square mile Shrinking at a rate of -0.07%

Age

Median 55+ 60+ 70+ 80+
34 23% 10% 5% 3%

Highest Level of Education

High-school diploma College degree Graduate degree
31% 25% 8%

Race & Ethnicity

Asian Black Hispanic Native American Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian White Two or more
6.5% 11.3% 13.3% 0.4% 0.1% 65.4% 4%

Crime

Total crimes Property crimes per 1,000 citizens Violent crimes per 1,000 citizens
11,045 44 7

Miscellaneous

Unemployed Participate in the labor force Have some form of disability Live in poverty Widows Veterans
7% 71% 14% 18% 6% 6%

Des Moines is considered very friendly to members of the LGBTQ+ community. This means that members of the community can participate in public life without fear of bigotry and discrimination.

Arts, Culture, Entertainment, and Recreation

As the capital of Iowa, Des Moines combines midwest charm and metropolitan sensibilities to create a city that is filled with arts and culture. Dominating the skyline of the historic East Village neighborhood is the gold-domed Iowa State Capitol building. Located nearby is the Des Moines Art Center which houses a wide collection of contemporary works as well as the Pappajohn Sculpture Park. The park is host to a number of annual events including the Des Moines Art Festival and the 80/35 Music Festival. The Downtown Farmers Market also features live music as well as local goods and produce. The Salisbury House and Gardens is another popular venue that also features tours of the estate that highlight the architecture, local history, and regional biodiversity.

For those who enjoy outdoor recreation there are a number of excellent parks located within the city limits. These include the Des Moines Water Park which features a beautiful garden filled with fountains and other water displays. Walnut Woods state park is one of the largest parks in the city, spanning over 260-acres and miles of walking trails. The Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens features a pagoda, ponds, and a large collection of sculptures and outdoor art exhibits. The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden has outdoor and indoor gardens and a large geodesic dome.

Transportation

Mass transit is available in the city through the Des Moines Area Regional Transit authority or DART which operates 26 routes throughout the city and surrounding metropolitan areas. Greyhound buses also connect Des Moines with regional transit hubs in Minneapolis, Detroit, and Chicago.

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