Awards And Recognitions
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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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2014 Awards and Recognitions
  • #1 Up and Coming City for Food

    9/17/2014 - Women’s Health and Yelp teamed up to find the best of the best and Des Moines tops their list of “5 Best Up and Coming Cities for Food” . “Des Moines isn't just a presidential-hopeful pit stop—it's practically a foodie paradise.” More Info

  • Des Moines - Best City for Young Professionals

    8/18/2014 - Forbes named Des Moines the best city for young professionals in 2014. Des Moines tops the list for the Best City for Young Professionals. Factors such as local unemployment rates, job growth projections and median salaries of 24 - 34 year old employed college grads. More Info

  • Des Moines Received "Excellence in Financial Reporting Award"

    8/6/2014 - Des Moines taxpayers can have confidence in how their tax dollars are being managed because the City of Des Moines is receiving recognition for excellence in its governmental accounting and financial reporting practices. The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) is awarding the city a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2013. More Info

  • #1 Up and Coming Downtown

    7/21/2014 - Fortune Names Des Moines No. 1 'up-and-coming' downtown. "In a video report, Fortune editor Leigh Gallagher placed the city’s downtown ahead of Kansas City, Mo., Allentown, Pa., Louisville, Ky. and Cincinnati, Ohio." More Info

  • #2 Place for Business and Careers

    7/1/2014 - Forbes names Des Moines the #2 Best Places for Business and Careers. "The Iowa capital is a financial services hub with major employers including Marsh, Nationwide, Principal Financial and Wells Fargo. High tech firms have also been making their way to the heartland to take advantage of Iowa’s low energy costs." More Info

  • Policom Ranks Des Moines #1 For Economic Strength

    6/6/2014 - Des Moines is a great community and it is very rewarding when organizations outside this community acknowledge the capital city’s strength and success. POLICOM, an independent research firm, which specializes in analyzing local and state economies, has ranked Des Moines/West Des Moines as the #1 region for economic strength. More Info

  • Des Moines Receives 2013 Tree City USA Growth Award

    4/7/2014 - The National Arbor Day Foundation and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources – Forestry Bureau are proud to announce that the City of Des Moines has received the 2013 Tree City USA Growth Award at the 24th Annual Urban Forestry Awards Luncheon, held at the Stoney Creek Inn on April 3, 2014. More Info

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