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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 11, 2014 4:42 am
IOWA CITY - An assistant director of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has been moved into a lateral position in which he will no longer oversee major cases, his new boss confirmed Monday.
Mar 11, 2014 1:16 am
Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie has traveled around the country and the world in recent months to discuss climate issues and the importance of preparing for natural disasters.
Mar 10, 2014 10:48 pm
It was warm, but it wasn't that warm.
Mar 10, 2014 10:31 pm
An Iowa retired military general today explained why he thinks national security depends on U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin's new preschool bill.
Mar 10, 2014 9:32 pm
With warmer weather in Des Moines, the recreational trails are starting to see more usage around Des Moines.
Mar 10, 2014 9:03 pm
The former owner of the Double V Dairy near Rock Valley has agreed to pay a $75,000 civil penalty to settle alleged violations of the Clean Water Act, according to a proposed consent agreement, after ...
Mar 10, 2014 8:52 pm
A sexually transmitted virus normally associated with cervical cancer in women has also caused cancers in hundreds of Iowa men, a new report says.
Mar 10, 2014 8:42 pm
A bill increasing the speed limit for mopeds won initial approval in the Iowa House on Monday, moving it closer to clearing a procedural deadline looming later this week.
Mar 10, 2014 8:27 pm
IOWA GOP: Republican Party of Iowa Chairman A.J. Spiker is looking forward to his new job working for potential 2016 presidential candidate Rand Paul.What are the implications of the re-takeover of th...
Mar 10, 2014 8:09 pm
What are the implications of the re-takeover of the Iowa GOP state party apparatus?
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