Des Moines is largely considered to be one of the most important cities when it comes to American politics. If you have ever wanted a front row seat to watch American democracy in action, Des Moines is the place to get it. Every election year, many presidential candidates set up their headquarters within the city in order to get a jump on gaining support for the Iowa Caucuses. As both the capital and most populous city in Iowa, many of the cultural attractions for the state are represented within the city or in nearby locations. The Des Moines Metro Opera and the Des Moines Symphony are both huge attractions for anyone looking to indulge in the arts. The Des Moines Art Center is a great place to check out exhibitions and get some hands-on experience in the world of art and architecture. If jazz is more your style, Jazz in July presented by Metro Arts Alliance is a free annual jazz festival that spans the entire month of July in many locations around the city.

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As the capital of Iowa, Des Moines has a lot to offer. This populous city is host to the number one insurance market in the country, as well as booming financial and publishing industries. This has led to real estate market flush with both new and vintage homes of many different styles and sizes. There are offerings of one and two level homes on small, single home plots and acreage alike. There are even multi-family homes and condominiums available for purchase. The range of homes available means that you are sure to find the perfect place for your family.

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