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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 9, 2014 2:02 am
2016 PRESIDENTIAL RACE: If either Paul Ryan or Hillary Clinton truly is on the fence about running for president of the United States, some pop-the-champagne poll numbers from a new Des Moines Registe...
Mar 9, 2014 2:00 am
Ryan's Iowa numbers are one more solid piece of evidence of the Wisconsin congressman's strength in the party a year and a half after he stepped onto the vice presidential campaign trail, strategists ...
Mar 9, 2014 2:00 am
Clinton is the only one of six candidates tested who meets the 50 percent threshold of Iowa adults wanting to see the person make another run for the nation's highest office.
Mar 9, 2014 12:27 am
The leader of the Republican Party of Iowa announced without explanation today that he will resign later this month.
Mar 8, 2014 8:59 pm
A scam in which a telephone caller identifies himself as being with the Polk County Sheriffs Office has been reported to the Des Moines Police Department.
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 5:38 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...
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