Awards And Recognitions
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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 456,000, 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!

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2015 Awards and Recognitions
  • Forbes Best Places for Business and Careers

    7/29/2015 - The City of Des Moines, IA is on the 2015 list of Forbes Best Places for Business and Careers. Forbes rated the 200 largest metro areas in the U.S. on a dozen factors related to jobs, costs (business and living), income growth, quality of life and education of the labor force. More Info

  • #6 Place in the U.S. For Law Graduates Looking to Launch

    7/13/2015 - Data-science group GoodCall just ranked Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA Metro Area the #6 place in the U.S. for law graduates looking to launch their career. The ranking was determined by the GoodCall research team using data from the United States Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA Metro Area's ranking comes as great news for prospective attorneys in the area as well as returning law grads. More Info

  • #4 Best City for Tech Workers to Start Their Career

    6/12/2015 - Computer Training Schools names Des Moines #4 Best City for Tech Workers to Start Their Career. Des Moines boasts the lowest average commute time on the list and is among the top 10 percent for bars per capita. The abundance of cheap lands combined with enticing tax incentives make Iowa an ideal location for large data farms. With the popularity of smaller data farms on the rise, there should be plenty of room for growth. More Info

  • #5 Best City for Retirement

    Des Moines6/1/2015 - Bankrate names Des Moines #5 Best City for Retirement. Bankrate ranked 196 of America's cities in terms of walkability, cost of living, crime rate, health care quality, tax rates and weather. The ranking also incorporated a specialized wellness score for seniors from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. More Info

  • Des Moines Leads U.S. Metro Areas in Community Pride

    5/13/2015 - Residents of Des Moines, Iowa, are the most likely to say they are proud of their community, of the 100 most populous U.S. metropolitan areas that Gallup and Healthways surveyed in 2014. More than three-quarters of residents in the Des Moines area agree with the statement that they are proud of the community or area where they live. More Info

  • #6 Midsize Metro Where College Grads Move for Jobs

    Downtown Des Moines5/12/2015 - AIER names Des Moines #6 Midsize Metro Where College Grads Move for Jobs. The American Institute for Economic Research ranked the American cities that are most attractive to young college graduates, based on eight economic and quality-of-life factors. In its first annual Employment Destinations Index, AIER research uncovered the eight factors that influenced migration patterns of college grads ages 22-35 among 260 metro areas, large and small. More Info

  • Excellence in Financial Reporting Award

    4/20/2015 - The City Finance Department has received its 38th Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). The award is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. More Info

  • Des Moines Named Tree USA City

    4/14/2015 - The City of Des Moines has received its 23rd Tree City USA Award from the National Arbor Day Foundation's Tree City USA program. This program, coordinated in Iowa by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Forestry Bureau, presented the award to Des Moines Public Works Forestry Division. The annual awards, presented on Friday, April 10th; recognizes cities and towns that provide an outstanding example for other communities to follow; by improving forest resources and demonstrating the great value trees provide for future generations. More Info

  • #3 Top City for New College Grads

    Des Moines4/10/2015 - SmartAsset names Des Moines #3 Top City for New College Grads. The largest benefit of a college degree, however, may be flexibility: college graduates are often able to choose from a number of careers, employers and places to live, which hugely benefits their overall quality of life. More Info

  • Emerging Startup Cities of 2015

    Des Moines3/25/2015 - Investopedia names Des Moines an Emerging Startup City of 2015. When most people think about startups, the first two places that come to mind are Silicon Valley and New York City. What most people don’t know is that there are other areas in the United States that have become very attractive for startups. More Info

  • #2 Best City to Find a Job

    Des Moines Skyline3/15/2015 - WalletHub names Des Moines the #2 Best City to Find a Job. In order to assess the relative strength of local job markets, WalletHub analyzed 150 of the most populated U.S. cities across 16 key metrics. They range from job opportunities to employment growth. More Info

Other Years' Awards and Recognitions
  1. 2015
  2. 2014
  3. 2013
  4. 2012
  5. 2011
  6. 2010