Around Des Moines

Des Moines, Iowa

The Greatest City in the World

Ok, we might be a little biased, but we think Des Moines, Iowa, is pretty great. After all, it’s been our home since 1899! As the state capital, Des Moines is a golden hub of culture and entertainment in the Midwest. We think you’ll like calling it home too!


Des Moines?

Welcome to a community where art and culture meet affordable living, where outdoor adventures happen on winding river trails, and nightlife always beckons.

Short commute times make it easy to experience all the region has to offer. For young professionals, families, and empty nesters alike, DSM is the place to call home (Greater Des Moines Partnership, 2020).


+ #1 Best Place to Live for Young Professionals — Forbes, 2023
+ #2 Safest Place to Live — U.S. News & World Report, 2021
+ #3 Best Affordable Place to Live in the U.S. — U.S. News & World Report, 2019
+ #7 Best Place for Business and Careers — Forbes, 2018
+ #8 Best Job Market for 2018 — ZipRecruiter, 2018
+ Top 10 Best City for Quality of Life — NerdWallet, 2017

Living in Des Moines

Affordable living, exciting events, growing communities — do we need to keep going?

Things to do

From festivals and markets to shopping and sports — Des Moines has it all.

Downtown Des Moines

Located just a short walk from campus, downtown DSM boasts vibrant fairs and events you won’t want to miss!

Tour the Best Healthcare College Campus | Mercy College of Health Sciences
In the Heart of Downtown

Visit our Campus!

Our walkable, eight-acre campus sits on the edge of vibrant downtown Des Moines in Iowa’s capital. Learn about our state-of-the-art Academic Center for Excellence, classrooms and healthcare simulation labs for hands-on learning opportunities, on-campus chapel, first-class medical library and more.

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Mercy College of Health Sciences has been transforming students into healthcare professionals since 1899. Located in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, we offer master’s degreesbachelor’s degreesassociate degreescertificate programs, and continuing education courses.

Mercy College is the only private Catholic college in central Iowa and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), in addition to numerous programmatic accreditors.

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