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West Des Moines

Nearest city: Des Moines
Population: 52,138
Median household income: $88,096

West Des Moines, the largest suburb of Des Moines, has plenty of recreational opportunities including a community center, 20 parks on 1,222 acres, 323 lakes, and 35 miles of trails. Many of the residents here work in the financial industry.

Runners-up:
Ames
Cedar Rapids

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