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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
May 18, 2013 6:36 pm
An 8-year-old girl that was found unresponsive at the bottom of an apartment complex swimming pool in Urbandale Friday night was pulled out of the water by a maintenance worker at the complex, police ...
May 18, 2013 6:23 pm
Shots were fired in the front yard of an apartment building overnight Friday after several people returned to a party that had ended earlier in the evening, according to a Des Moines police report.
May 18, 2013 4:05 pm
Iowa House Speaker Kraig Paulsen is optimistic about passing bills on property tax relief and education reform as the 2013 session of the Iowa Legislature heads towards the finish line.
May 18, 2013 2:14 pm
RICK SANTORUM IN IOWA: Republican Rick Santorum, a religious conservative who ran president last year, will be returning to Iowa in August for the first time since the fall election.
May 18, 2013 6:26 am
SURPRISE REUNION: 333 days. That's how long Marine Sgt. Ross Gundlach had been separated from Casey, a Labrador retriever with whom he had forged a bond in the rugged terrain of Afghanistan's Helmand ...
May 18, 2013 5:30 am
Fractures have developed within the Iowa Senate Democratic Caucus over a sweeping tax relief package, but Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal said Friday he still expects to pass a bill in the com...
May 18, 2013 5:13 am
Dentists can set their own fees on services that insurers do not reimburse, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday in a decision that will mean higher out-of-pocket costs for patients.
May 18, 2013 5:03 am
Sunday will bring Iowa its first strong chance for severe weather this year, according to the National Weather Service.
May 18, 2013 5:03 am
A veteran Des Moines firefighter injured when he stepped into a hole in the floor was treated for a minor back injury and released from the hospital, officials said.
May 18, 2013 4:58 am
About a dozen parents of Boy Scouts, leaders and adults who have been scouts gathered in front of the new headquarters of the group's Mid-Iowa Council on Friday to protest a plan to end the organizati...