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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 10, 2013 6:52 pm
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gave its blessing today to the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan, Sen. Tom Harkin's office said.
Dec 10, 2013 6:51 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 6:35 pm
A Coralville man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman in a portable restroom near Kinnick Stadium in September.
Dec 10, 2013 6:22 pm
Iowas Democratic lawmakers in Washington were more supportive of food and farm policy issues than their GOP counterparts, according to a study by a liberal policy group released Tuesday.
Dec 10, 2013 6:09 pm
IOWA JUVENILE HOME: Toledo mayor Dave Svoboda argues that in some cases youths voluntarily used isolation cells to study or have alone time away from other youth. Disability Rights Iowa director Jane ...
Dec 10, 2013 5:54 pm
The folk rock supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash (sorry, Neil Young fans) has announced a March 11 date at the Des Moines Civic Center on its website.
Dec 10, 2013 5:38 pm
Most older adults in the Des Moines area want to continue living in their homes and participating in their neighborhoods as long as possible, which is good news for the area, advocates said this morni...
Dec 10, 2013 5:16 pm
Authorities say the body of a dead man has been found in a residence hall at Iowa State University, but no foul play is suspected.
Dec 10, 2013 5:11 pm
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: Wal...
Dec 10, 2013 4:47 pm
Polk County Supervisors approved more than $25.3 million worth of new bonds Tuesday for upcoming housing, conservation and construction projects.
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