Des Moines: The Place to Be for the Young, Broke and Single

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Des Moines Makes Best Cities List For Young, Broke, Single



Young, broke and single? There's a city that's perfect for you, and you probably wouldn't guess it: Des Moines, Iowa. You might think that sounds boring, but locals say it's totally not.

Des Moines was listed in a new national survey among the 20 best cities for people who are young, broke and single. The survey was conducted by an advice website, MoneyUnder30. "There's all kinds of stuff going on here that didn't happen when I was a kid, which is awesome," resident Afton Crabtree told local TV station KCCI. Crabtree, who grew up in Des Moines, left for Denver years ago but returned to her hometown after finding that things were "a little expensive" in Denver.

"Cheap food, cheap beer and cheap thrills" were among the criteria for Money Under 30's list, which also included employment opportunities, the cost of living, and the number of single people ages 18 to 44. Des Moines ranked No. 8 on the list; Austin, Texas, came out on top. But Des Moines may be the city that sticks out the most.

"It was a boring city," Pete Jones, who founded the website DesMoinesIsNotBoring, told KCCI. "I lived here a long time and experienced it and really started turning the curve. Good jobs, good nightlife, good food." Watch the video above to see why locals say Des Moines is a great spot for the young, broke and single.

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