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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
Mar 8, 2014 4:23 pm
The last time Des Moines saw temperatures in the 60s residents were starting to prepare for Thanksgiving.
Mar 8, 2014 5:39 am
Confusion over how to file 'free' tax returns has caused concerns that low-income Iowans are being required to pay unnecessary fees.
Mar 8, 2014 5:38 am
The mountain snowpack in the Missouri River's upper basin is close to levels seen before devastating 2011 flooding along the river, but a repeat this year isn't likely, an Army Corps of Engineers offi...
Mar 8, 2014 5:36 am
The tourism advertising slogan says that what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
Mar 8, 2014 5:29 am
Des Moines city leaders plan to ask the state for up to $34 million in tax incentives they say are necessary to build a convention hotel at the Iowa Events Center.
Mar 8, 2014 5:28 am
A REGISTER EXCLUSIVE SINCE 1943: With the job approval rating for Gov. Terry Branstad rising and state Sen. Jack Hatch showing no momentum among Iowa voters, the 2014 governor race remains the incumbe...
Mar 8, 2014 5:25 am
The popular Mile Long Bridge on Saylorville Lake will be closed for repairs for nearly two months beginning March 31.
Mar 8, 2014 5:20 am
The countdown to RAGBRAI XLII is on. Six never-before-visited towns will dot the full route of this year's ride, which will be announced Sunday.NEW VIDEO: Six towns RAGBRAI has never been toVideo: RAG...
Mar 8, 2014 5:16 am
IOWA LATINAS: A book created over two years by Drake students in five department, profiles participants of Al xito, an organization that pairs Hispanic middle-school students with adult mentors. The g...
Mar 8, 2014 4:54 am
Isaiah McGee, a consultant for the Iowa Department of Education, has been tapped to become equity coordinator for the Des Moines school district.
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