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West Des Moines
West Des Moines
Iowa
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Member of the World Health Organization Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities

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West Des Moines is a city in Polk, Dallas, and Warren counties in the U.S. state of Iowa.
As of the 2010 census, the city population was 56,609.
West Des Moines is the second-largest city in the Des Moines metropolitan area and the tenth-largest city in Iowa.

It ranked 94th in Money magazine's list of the "100 Best Places to Live and Launch" in 2008, 77th and 57th on the 100 Best Places to Live in 2014 and 2015, respectively, and 18th on the Hipster Cities of 2015.

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VERY Friendly here
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I think so. I see all different ages here.
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Iowa kind of "grows on you". I am originally from Silicon VAlley, CA and this is like a different country. But I stay because I can't afford to go back home. I don't find a whole lot of opportunities for seniors here. You kind of have to make your own.public transportation here sucks if you want to leave town to go shopping or something.
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Outstanding range of desirable living traits for all ages, and growing yearly for all ages.
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Iowa kind of "grows on you". I am originally from Silicon VAlley, CA and this is like a different country. But I stay because I can't afford to go back home. I don't find a whole lot of opportunities for seniors here. You kind of have to make your own.public transportation here sucks if you want to leave town to go shopping or something.

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C

How did Iowa earn the grade of C? We examined the state taxes based on how age friendly they are. Iowa has a state sales tax of 6.00%. Of particular interest is that Iowa does not have taxes on social security. There are no estate taxes. There are taxes imposed on inheritance. Iowa has an effective property tax rate of 1.50%. Weighing these taxes and other taxes most likely to impact the aging population is how Iowa earned its state tax grade of C.

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