About Des Moines Iowa - City Overview

Des Moines is a nicely balanced and surprisingly diverse community of families, professionals, corporations with a prosperous and well-diversified business climate.

Metro Area with 560,000 People

Des Moines is the largest city in Iowa, the state capital, the biggest city of a five county metro area of central Iowa with a total metro area population of 560,000 people. The city of Des Moines proper is home to approximately 203,000 people, according to the 2010 US census.

Strong Well-Diversified Economy

Des Moines is a nicely balanced and surprisingly diverse community of families, professionals, corporations, government agencies with a prosperous and well-diversified business climate and economy.

Homes, Condos, Variety, Affordability

Des Moines housing for rent and for purchase is very affordable. In Des Moines, you'll find you can get a lot of home for your money, whether renting our buying a condo, home or apartment in Des Moines, Iowa.

Friendly, Welcoming People

Des Moines and its suburbs are known for its solid educational systems, friendly and welcoming people and its stable business climate. In more recent years, Des Moines downtown living has become popular with interesting restaurants and nightlife in the downtown core area with condos a
and lofts and apartments for rent.

Things to See and Do

Des Moines offers excellent attractions and a great selection of restaurants. Some of the popular Des Moines attractions include the Science Center of Iowa, the Des Moines Art Center, the Botanical Center, the amazing downtown art sculpture gardens, Adventureland Amusement Park, Gray’s Lake, a downtown outdoor winter ice-skating rink, a beautiful skyline, all set in a tranquil and easy-to-navigate and enjoy city. There are an abundance of great bike trails and greenbelts throughout Des Moines.

Des Moines: A Hub of Business & Commerce

The city and the surrounding area the capital of Iowa located in the center of the state, a major center for the insurance company industry and also has a Midwestern hub for financial services and publishing business. Des Moines was recognized as the "number one spot for U.S. insurance companies" according to a Business Wire story. Des Moines also has excellent health care options with large and reputable hospitals and a medical school.

Home to Big Corporations

Des Moines is home to the headquarters for the Principal Financial Group, Aviva insurance (West Des Moines) the Meredith Corporation publishing and Media, EMC Insurance Companies, and Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Other major corporations located in or near Des Moines include Wells Fargo, ING Group, Nationwide Insurance Company, Casey’s General Stores headquarters, John Deere, Monsanto and Pioneer Hi-Bred have a strong presence in the Des Moines metro area. Forbes magazine ranked Des Moines as the "Best Place for Business" in 2010. Kiplinger's Finance 2008 Best Cities List featured Des Moines in its top ten picks at #9. In 2011, Des Moines was ranked as the #1 greenest city for women by Self Magazine.

Presidential Politics in Des Moines, Iowa

Des Moines has a rich heritage for its prominent place in the USA presidential politics as home to the Iowa caucuses. The caucuses have been the first major electoral event in nominating the President of the United States since 1972. Almost every presidential candidate sets up an extensive campaign operation in Des Moines.