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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 11, 2013 12:17 am
SHOOTOUT 911 CALLS: Des Moines police today released recordings of the 911 calls they said were crucial in helping law enforcement officers end a shootout on the city's south side Wednesday.Video: Lis...
Dec 10, 2013 11:53 pm
The Des Moines school board has agreed to release audio and written minutes from a May 2012 closed meeting about discussion of what to tell the public about the resignation of Superintendent Nancy Seb...
Dec 10, 2013 11:44 pm
More snow will grace Des Moines this evening.
Dec 10, 2013 10:41 pm
Two adults and a child escaped from house fire in Des Moines this morning that may have been caused by a space heater.
Dec 10, 2013 10:20 pm
Budget negotiators were set to announce Tuesday an agreement on a two-year budget deal to set spending levels for the federal government and replace unpopular spending cuts with other savings.
Dec 10, 2013 10:12 pm
A Clive family was enjoying their second day in their new home when it became engulfed in flames -- and fire officials said Tuesday they might never know exactly how it started.
Dec 10, 2013 10:04 pm
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gave its blessing today to the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan. However, it rejected a component that would have required many participants to pay a few ...
Dec 10, 2013 9:11 pm
Two people have died in an early-morning house fire in southeast Iowa.
Dec 10, 2013 7:36 pm
Cities and counties would have to prove the need for traffic enforcement cameras on major highways under rules approved Tuesday by the Iowa Transportation Commission.
Dec 10, 2013 7:18 pm
Bondurant-Farrar school district and public safety officials are holding a town meeting at 5:30 p.m.
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