About Des Moines
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Iowa's Capital City

As Iowa's capital city, Des Moines is a hub of government action, business activity and cultural affairs. With a Metro population of 569,633, Des Moines is a bustling metropolis. But though we have big city bustle, we're extremely proud of our small town atmosphere. Our community offers quality schools, superb public services, and friendly neighborhoods. Truly the best of both worlds!


Live, Work and Play!

Des Moines is a great place to live, work, and play!


Des Moines Quick Facts

Climate

There are seasonal contrasts in temperatures and precipitation in Des Moines. Average temperatures are: Spring (47), Summer (75), Fall (50) and Winter (23). Average annual precipitation is: Rainfall - 32.1 inches, Snowfall: 31.6 inches.


Population

The reported population as of the 2010 census is 203,433. For more census information about Des Moines, visit the US Census Information page.


Education

In addition to a great public school system, Des Moines is home to five institutions of higher learning. Check out this listing of schools, colleges, and universities.


Commute Time

Des Moines has a 19.2 minute average commute time, one of the lowest for a city of our size.


Median Household Income

$42,718


Unemployment Rate

5.4% (Polk County)


Employment Base

The major industries in Des Moines are insurance, government, manufacturing, trade, and health care services. Des Moines area businesses draw employees from a five-county metro area of more than 500,000 residents. Iowa's work force, with an 80 percent high school graduation rate, ranks among the top five states.


Largest Employers

Our employers include both state and local government (State of Iowa, Polk County, City of Des Moines) as well as the following private employers.


Principal Life Insurance Company
Iowa Health Systems
Mercy Hospital Medical Center
Hy-Vee Food Stores
Nationwide Insurance (Allied)
United Parcel Service
Dahl's Supermarkets
BFS North American Tire, LLC
Qwest Corporation
Communication Data Services
Pioneer Hi-Bred International
Electronic Data Systems, Corp
Wellmark, Inc. (Blue Cross)
Marsh (formerly Seabury and Smith)
Wells Fargo Financial
Meredith Corporation
Des Moines Register