Best Places to Live

Des Moines, IA

Population: 208,020
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Why It's a Great Place for Antiquers: It anchors the eastern-most point of the Iowa Antiques Trail.

Why It's a Great Place to Live: Des Moines, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways: short commutes, nationally renowned farmers’ markets, a booming millennial population, tons of job opportunities and a median home price of $130,000. We could go on, but those are the highlights.

Best Place to Score an Amazing Deal: The DAV Thrift Store is a non-profit secondhand store that supports disabled veterans.

Best Place to Buy an Investment Piece: The Brass Armadillo Antique Mall. With more than  450 vendors and 45,000 square feet of retail space, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. A 1930s stove for $500 or a pair of mid century lamps for $150? Yes, please.

Where to Fuel Up for a Day of Treasure-Hunting: Waveland Cafe claims to have the best hash browns in the galaxy and with 1,000+ 4.6 star Google reviews, maybe they’re right!