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.
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News from The Des Moines Register
Mar 12, 2014 3:23 am
Officials rescued a dog floating down the river on a piece of ice in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, according to a Cedar Rapids Fire Department news release.
Mar 12, 2014 2:01 am
A REGISTER EXCLUSIVE SINCE 1943: Iowans overwhelmingly believe law enforcement officers should be required to obtain a search warrant before using drones as part of their surveillance methods, The Des...
Mar 12, 2014 12:09 am
FUGITIVES NEXT DOOR: Iowa law enforcement agencies are unwilling to chase fugitives across a state border in about one out of five cases, according to a joint investigation by The Des Moines Register ...
Mar 11, 2014 10:44 pm
Iowa State University's graduate program in agriculture and biosystems engineering ranks fourth in the nation, according to rankings released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report.
Mar 11, 2014 10:09 pm
Iowa head basketball coach Fran McCaffery learned last week that a tumor was found on the thyroid of his 13-year-old son, Patrick.
Mar 11, 2014 10:03 pm
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan posted a photo of a boarded-up, paint-tagged house onto her Facebook page Monday as an example of illegal dumping, graffiti, dilapidation and other forms of blight that her cit...
Mar 11, 2014 10:01 pm
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) One of 13 University of Iowa football players who were hospitalized after a high-intensity workout three years ago says his injuries were preventable but caused lasting harm, outl...
Mar 11, 2014 9:11 pm
Texting while driving would become a primary traffic offense under a bill approved Tuesday on a 41-7 vote by the Iowa Senate following a lengthy debate about the role of government.
Mar 11, 2014 8:56 pm
Des Moines' Housing Services Department is moving to Polk County River Place, a move that will save the city department money and concentrate more social services in one location.
Mar 11, 2014 8:55 pm
Dozens of pandits threw rocks at law enforcement officers, attacked a patrol car and blocked a street in Fairfield Tuesday morning before authorities and community leaders restored calm.