West Des Moines

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The second largest city in the Des Moines metro area, West Des Moines is a great destination for people looking for careers, schools and entertainment options.

Population: 68,723 (2020 Census), up 21.4% from the 2010 Census (56,609)

Notable companies headquartered in West Des Moines: Hy-Vee (Grocery store chain), GuideOne Insurance, Sammons Financial Group, and Windsor Windows & Doors. The largest employer in West Des Moines is Wells Fargo Home Mortgage & Credit Services.

Fun fact – Writer and film director, Peter Hedges, was born and raised in West Des Moines. He attended Valley High school and made several references to Valley in his book (later movie) What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.

 

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Burgers and Fries

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Breakfast or Brunch

    • Eggs and Jam – Hip-hop décor and music, creative eats and bloody marys!
    • St Kilda – Classy brunch spot in historic Valley Junction
    • Early Bird – A modern take on a classic diner

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