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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Live, Work and Play!

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

2015 Awards and Recognitions
  • 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

  • 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

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