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Cities in the Spotlight: Des Moines

Warm summers and cold winters are the norm in Des Moines.

Warm summers and cold winters are the norm in Des Moines.

If you prefer to move to a city that is in the Great Plains, but filled with plenty of activities, the city of Des Moines may be a good idea to recruit your moving company to help move your belongings.

Des Moines, the capital of Iowa, has a population of nearly 207,000. Transportation in the city is through the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority, which provides bus service throughout the city.

The weather in Des Moines is highlighted by its cold winters, but mildly warm summers. The average winter low temperature is 14 degrees, according to The Weather Channel. The average summer high is 86 degrees.

There are multiple education options in Des Moines, including Drake University and Grand View University. There are multiple other colleges with branches in the area. Both Iowa State University and the University of Iowa also have campuses nearby.

While there aren't any teams from the four major sports in Iowa, residents still have plenty of sports options. Baseball fans can watch the Iowa Cubs, the AAA affiliate of Major League Baseball's Chicago Cubs. Fans of college sports can travel less than one hour to Ames to see Iowa State, while the University of Iowa plays about two hours away in Iowa City.

If you are looking for arts and entertainment options in the city, there are plenty of options. The Wells Fargo Arena often holds large concerts, while you can also travel to the Des Moines Metro Opera, which will give you a variety of theater performance options. There are also multiple prominent museums and art exhibits in the city, which may be good trips for both you and your family.