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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 6:43 pm
Waukee school board approved a special election on Feb. 4 for the issuance of nearly $19 million in bonds to build a new elementary school.
Dec 11, 2013 6:37 pm
A woman reportedly gave birth to a still-born baby after being struck in the stomach during a fight.
Dec 11, 2013 5:11 pm
Iowa law enforcement will conduct a training exercise at the Iowa State Capitol Thursday evening, officials said.
Dec 11, 2013 4:51 pm
The 2014 legislative session will be a time to build on the successes of last year's session, the Iowa Chamber Alliance said Wednesday while unveiling its legislative agenda.
Dec 11, 2013 4:06 pm
A new report from a U.S. Senate committee, chaired by an Iowa senator, criticizes the federal government for paying out hundreds of billions of dollars each year in government contracts to frequent vi...
Dec 11, 2013 3:09 pm
Iowa City Community School Board members voted Tuesday to have district administrators look into the logistics of rescheduling activities planned for Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2014 so they can pur...
Dec 11, 2013 2:27 pm
OBAMACARE: Health-insurance applications for more than 25,000 Iowans have been completed via the federal government's new online marketplace, a new report says.National data: Enrollment numbers quadru...
Dec 11, 2013 2:24 pm
Christina McIntee, 25, her boyfriend James Glanton, two of his children and two of her brother's children went to play in the snow outside Lovelock on Sunday - something the couple had done countless ...
Dec 11, 2013 1:25 pm
The number of Americans who selected health insurance through the federal exchange, HealthCare.gov, quadrupled in November over the paltry statistics in October, according to new figures released Wedn...
Dec 11, 2013 1:24 pm
Another round of snow fell across part of Iowa overnight, bringing bitterly cold temperatures with it, meteorologists said.
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