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Des Moines is the capital of and the most populous city in the State of Iowa, United States. It was incorporated on September 22, 1851, as Fort Des Moines, owing its name to the Des Moines River (French: Rivière Des Moines, meaning "River of the Monks"), until it was shortened to "Des Moines" in 1857. It is also the county seat of Polk County. The five-county metropolitan area is ranked 92nd in terms of population in the United States according to 2006 estimates with 534,230 residents according to United States Census Bureau.
Des Moines is a major center for the insurance industry and also has a sizeable financial services and publishing business base. The city is the headquarters for the Principal Financial Group, the Meredith Corporation, and Ruan Transportation. Other major corporations such as Wells Fargo, ING Group, Marsh, and Pioneer Hi-Bred have large operations in or near the metro area. Forbes Magazine ranked Des Moines as the fourth "Best Place for Business" in 2007.
Recently, Des Moines has been experiencing rapid growth in the western and southern suburbs and is quickly becoming a large metropolitan area and national center for financial business.
News from The Des Moines Register
Dec 12, 2013 5:14 am
Financial uncertainty and pessimism remain the order of the day for many American workers this holiday season, with 40 percent predicting the U.S. economy will worsen next year, according to the lates...
Dec 12, 2013 2:27 am
Jennie Wonderlin is one of more than 100 Roosevelt High School students participating in the Silver Cord community service program - an effort launched at the school in August to encourage teens to gi...
Dec 11, 2013 10:34 pm
Former Indianola City Attorney John Hoyman allegedly spent six years choosing names at random from a phone book to put on invoices that then were used to overbill the city by nearly $90,000 because he...
Dec 11, 2013 10:06 pm
The Des Moines Register will begin inserting a condensed edition of USA Today daily early next year, a distribution strategy aimed at both beefing up the Register's content and widening the national p...
Dec 11, 2013 9:14 pm
Iowa Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch will attend a community forum in Carroll this weekend hosted by Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, the liberal advocacy group known for its con...
Dec 11, 2013 8:08 pm
A Mississippi River towboat that partially sank last month near LeClaire is nearly ready to begin its 350-mile trip to a St. Louis-area repair facility, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said Wednesday.
Dec 11, 2013 7:41 pm
Iowa legislative leaders from both parties on Wednesday suggested appealing the federal Department of Health and Human Services' decision on the state's Medicaid expansion could be appropriate.
Dec 11, 2013 6:51 pm
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a video showing Asiana Flight 214 crashing at San Francisco International Airport.
Dec 11, 2013 6:43 pm
Waukee school board approved a special election on Feb. 4 for the issuance of nearly $19 million in bonds to build a new elementary school.
Dec 11, 2013 6:37 pm
A woman reportedly gave birth to a still-born baby after being struck in the stomach during a fight.
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