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6 Reasons Why You Should Consider Retirement in Des Moines

Throughout our lives, we make choices about where we’d like to reside and raise our children. Considering where you’d like to retire is also a big decision. After all, these years can offer the ultimate freedom to do as you please and pursue dreams that may have been put on hold. If Des Moines isn’t already on your list of potential retirement cities, it definitely should be. To explain why, we’ve compiled list of some of the top reasons why Des Moines is a good place to retire.

  1. It’s (Literally) in the Middle of Everything

Iowa may be a “flyover state,” but living in Des Moines puts you in easy travel distance to virtually any place you’d like to go. Whether you use your free time to travel the countryside or visit loved ones scattered from coast to coast, making your home in centrally-located Iowa means you’ll never be far away. What’s more, Des Moines International Airport offers nonstop flights to major U.S. city, with many of the nation’s leading airlines operating out of the state’s largest airport.

  1. You’ll Get a Taste of All the Seasons

Sunshine and 80-degree weather every day may sound nice, but it can also be monotonous. In Des Moines, you’ll experience a wide range of weather, along with the natural beauty that accompanies each season. Des Moines is far enough north that you’ll get a taste of winter and plenty of snow, but far enough south that you’ll avoid extreme winter weather. Fresh blooms in spring and summer days averaging a delightful 75 degrees are welcome rewards after the cold, and stunning fall foliage eases your way back toward winter.

When you choose a retirement community, like Deerfield, where snow removal and lawn care are provided, you’ll be reminded again why Des Moines is a good place to retire.

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  1. Local Attractions Offer Something for Everyone

With more than 4,000 acres of parkland and 81 miles of trails in the Des Moines area, the options are practically endless for getting out and enjoying the incredible weather. However, there’s plenty more to see and do in downtown Des Moines and the larger metro area. You can embrace lifetime learning at the Science Center of Iowa, where you’ll find rotating exhibits, a 50-foot planetarium and live science demonstrations, along with an IMAX® movie dome. The live music scene is vibrant, and a host of college and amateur sports teams give you a chance to cheer local teams to victory year-round.

If shopping is more your speed, you’ll find everything from shopping centers featuring major national retailers to quaint shops and one-of-a-kind boutiques. In addition, at least a dozen farmers markets dot the Des Moines metro, making it easy to find everything from fresh produce and plants to specialty foods and handcrafted items.

For residents at Deerfield, enjoying local attractions is as easy as gathering a few of your newfound neighbors and taking advantage of regularly scheduled transportation to enjoy a day of adventure.

  1. Ample Art and Culture Experiences Are Waiting

For those who appreciate artistic expression, you’ll discover yet another reason Des Moines is a good place to retire. You can catch a production at the Des Moines Community Playhouse or contemplate the collections, exhibits and programs offered at the world-class Des Moines Art Center.

Incredible events and festivals offer even more arts and cultural experiences. Each June, the Des Moines Arts Festival brings together nearly 200 artists for a weekend of live music, performing arts, a film festival, demonstrations, artisan food and more.

Museum lovers and history buffs will find plenty to appreciate, from the interactive look at the rural Midwest at Living History Farms to the whimsically captivating National Balloon Museum.

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  1. Des Moines Simply Feels Like Home

With a population of about 600,000, Des Moines is a small enough community to feel neighborly but large enough to boast the benefits of a significant city, with a growing culinary scene and plenty of entertainment options compared to similarly sized metro areas. And, if you haven’t experienced Midwestern hospitality, you’ll quickly discover its appeal.

Apparently, the experts agree. Not only did U.S. News & World Report rank Des Moines as No. 7 on its Best Places to Live list, but the city also ranked in the top five for both the Safest Places to Live and Cheapest Places to Live lists.

  1. Exceptional Communities Know It’s a Gem

With so many attributes that explain why Des Moines is a good place to retire, senior communities are taking note. Deerfield is the metro area’s only Life Care community, meaning it’s the only place where you can enter the community at one level of care (such as independent living), then move to other levels as your health needs change. Not only does the community offer predictable, lower-than-market rates, but residents can also take advantage of first-rate amenities and convenient community services.

By now you’re likely understanding why Des Moines is a good place to retire, so your next step is an in-person look at the place you could call home. Complete the form below to arrange for an in-person or virtual tour at Deerfield in Des Moines.