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  • Linh Ta
  • Thu May 13 2021
  • Posted May 16

Even though it's right next to Des Moines, let's face it — you've probably never heard of the town Cumming.

But Mayor Tom Becker is banking on the 500-person town being central Iowa's next 'it' destination.

  • "We're going to be the next Waukee," Becker told Axios.

Why it matters: Des Moines is growing at a pace that's faster than the national average and we're seeing tremendous residential development, especially in suburban areas that aren't landlocked.

  • Cumming is nestled perfectly between Norwalk and West Des Moines and developers see its acres of undeveloped farmland as an opportunity to grow.

State of play:

  • Within 10 years, Cumming's population is expected to quadruple to 2,000+ people once its "agrihood" is developed — a neighborhood with enough space for people to raise produce and animals.

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Our take: Cumming has become one of our favorite spots to visit, especially on our bikes (which by the way, the Great Western Trail is also expanding).

  • It's a five-minute drive from The Chicken, which serves the best chicken tenders.

  • It's 12 minutes from Trader Joe's, which is 10/10.

  • It's home to Cumming Tap, one of the best bars in the region and these koozies.



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