Why West Des Moines?

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To Military Families living in West Des Moines or considering West Des Moines as their New Home:
Welcome! The City of West Des Moines is a proud supporter of Home Base Iowa and is excited to enter a new partnership with the State of Iowa and the West Des Moines Business Leaders to become a Home Base Iowa Community. Considered a regional employment hub in the Des Moines-West Des Moines Metropolitan area, the City of West Des Moines looks forward to the opportunity to work with Veterans and bring their unique experiences and advanced training to our community. 

Choosing the City of West Des Moines
residential (2)The City of West Des Moines offers Service Members and their families a unique experience: a one-stop shop for educational, professional, and recreational opportunities to thrive and enjoy life.  The City of West Des Moines is a growing community with an estimated population of 63,000 and a daytime population of over 120,000. The choice of several excellent school systems, advanced educational opportunities, adult learning, and recreational opportunities are just a few examples of how West Des Moines is a great choice for your next home. Recognized as a Main Street Iowa Community, West Des Moines proudly promotes Historical Valley Junction as well as the regional retail centers, Jordan Creek Town Center, West Glen Town Center, and Valley West Mall. West Des Moines offers diverse living options that can meet your family’s needs.

Veterans Welcome Package
Contact McKinlee Ritter with the City of West Des Moines at (515) 222-3598 to receive your Veteran’s Welcome Package. Current and new residents that have served in the Military are eligible for the welcome package. The Welcome Package contains Parks and Recreation Bucks, VIP Shopping Card for Historical Valley Junction, Professional Development Scholarship opportunities, information on Small Business Consultations, City Tours and more! 

Quality of Life

Water Fun – Making a splash!P&R2
Swimming at one of the premier WDM aquatic centers or Blue Heron Lake in Raccoon River Park. Blue Herron lakes offers swimming and lake access for recreational activities including sail boats and paddle boards/boats.

Want to try a new class, purchase a family Aquatic Pass? The City of West Des Moines will give each Service Member family a total of $100 Parks and Recreation bucks to be spent on West Des Moines services, classes, and facility rentals per calendar year. Contact McKinlee Ritter at (515) 222-3598 for more information.   

Shopping— New, used, vintage!
There are plenty of shopping centers located in West Des Moines. This includes Jordan Creek Town Center, West Glen Town Center, Valley West Mall and Historic Valley Junction.
In need of some VIP Retail? Valley Junction will offer families their VIP Shopping Discount in the City Welcome package for the retailers and restaurants in the Historic Valley Junction District. 

Movie Theaters
Several theaters to choose from in the metro area with the WDM premier Jordon Creek Theaters offering the most recent releases.

Restaurants – What’s your flavor – we’ve got it!
Click here to view a list of West Des Moines restaurant directory.

Enjoying the great outdoors Trail 3
West Des Moines has many trails to choose from, connectivity to over 50 miles of bike & walking trails with connection to trails throughout the Metropolitan area. To view a full parks and trails map click here.

Parks & Recreation Guide
Fun activities for the whole family! To view a full list of this seasons Parks & Recreation Program Guide visit www.wdm.iowa.gov/parksandrec.

Local Churches
There are over ten churches located within West Des Moines including Valley Church, Ashworth Road Baptist Church, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and Lutheran Church of Hope.

Local Grocery Stores
Everything from La Michoacana, Trader Joes, and Whole Foods to Fareway and Hy-Vee are options in West Des Moines for all your grocery shopping needs.

Attractions & Events
Click here to view year round attractions as well as seasonal events and attractions the whole family will love.

Professional Opportunities

We have a job for you! How does my skillset transfer to civilian jobs? Determine your SOC based on your current MOC. http://www.onetonline.org/crosswalkBus-Three Fountatins

Looking for local employers? Research Home Base Iowa Businesses in West Des Moines at http://wdm.iowa.gov/HBIBusiness

Leadership Development Opportunity--Interested in meeting professionals in the community and networking with employers? Apply for the next West Des Moines Leadership Academy class, today! Academy fees will be sponsored by the City of West Des Moines upon acceptance into the program. For more information click here

Entrepreneurship Consultation- Greater Dallas County Development Alliance, a West Des Moines partner, will offer a free consultation for Veterans interested in business opportunities to provide education and links to the top business resources in the Des Moines Metropolitan area. Visit GDCDA here: http://www.dallascounty-ia.org/

Military Services

VA Central Iowa Health Care SystemsNight
Polk County Veterans Affairs
Regional Benefits Office
Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs
Iowa PVA Chapter
Camp Dodge
Iowa Property Tax Exemptions

Click here to view a map of all the local military services listed above.

Interim Lodging

Camp Dodge

Purchasing a Home

Looking for a new home? The City of West Des Moines will offer a tour of our business districts and neighborhoods to help make your decision easier.

West Des Moines BanksBuying1
Wells Fargo  
West Bank Iowa
Northwest Bank
American Trust & Savings Bank
Bank of the West
US Bank

West Des Moines Realtors
Keller Williams Realty: 515-334-4900
Iowa Realty: 515-453-6222 
ReMax: 515 -987-4668 


Primary and Secondary Education in West Des Moines
West Des Moines Community Schools
Iowa Christian AcademyBus-DMACC
Sacred Heart School
St. Francis of Assisi School
Waukee Community Schools
Dowling High School

Higher Education in West Des Moines
Upper Iowa

For a print out of West Des Moines Welcome Package please click here.