• Welcome to the City of Des Moines

    A major center for insurance, financial services and publishing, Des Moines has a lot to offer, such as affordable housing, short commute times, a diverse population, and was also recently named one of the best places to live on the Silicon Prairie.


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  • Pet Licenses On Sale

    2016 pet licenses and dog park permits are now available.

    All dogs & cats 6-months & older require a license.

    Questions? Please contact the City Clerk 283-4209.


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  • Spotlight on Des Moines

    Gray's Lake Park features the 1,400 foot-long Kruidenier Trail pedestrian bridge and a 1.9 mile trail around the lake. "...Residents can walk, bike, boat or fish -- right in the very heart of downtown," said Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie.


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  • Iowa State Capitol

    The Iowa State Capitol is among the most beautiful state capitols in the country with its 275-foot, 23-karat gold leafed dome anchoring the east end of downtown Des Moines.


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  • East Village

    Historic East Village is an eclectic neighborhood of restored historic properties, beautiful streetscapes, and urban living at the foot of the State Capitol.


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  • World Food Prize

    Des Moines is home to the World Food Prize the foremost international award recognizing the achievements in advancing human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.


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Performance Measurement Program


The City of Des Moines is in the process of a multi-year performance measurement program. This program is designed to gauge citizen expectations and satisfaction with governmental services and to measure the City of Des Moines' effectiveness. These programs help to illustrate the City of Des Moines' progress in attaining the 12 goals by the City Council.

International City/County Management Association

There are four components to the program:


Performance Report

Resident Satisfaction Survey

Business Survey

ICMA Center for Performance Measurement


How We Compare to Other Cities

The Center for Performance Measurement (CPM) is available to subscribing local governments. The service provides performance data templates that allow local governments to share data about their programs, benchmark their work against similar jurisdictions, and as a result, improve service through application of best management practices.