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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2011 Awards and Recognitions
  • #3 "Best Cities for Business" - MarketWatch, 2011

    12/13/2011 - "MarketWatch’s analysis covers an array of measures meant to gauge how much business is concentrated in a region and whether those companies are helping its local economy grow. While other studies look at a region’s tax base, schools or vague terms such as “quality of life,” MarketWatch looks for proof that a region is good for business by examining multiple types of economic data." More Information

  • #9 "Best State for Business" - CNBC, 2011

    9/1/2011 - "We scored all 50 states on 43 measures of competitiveness developed with input from business groups including the National Association of Manufacturers and the Council on Competitiveness. States received points based on their rankings in each metric. Then, we separated those metrics into ten broad categories, weighting the categories based on how frequently they are cited in state economic development marketing materials. That way, our study ranks the states based on the criteria they use to sell themselves." More Information

  • #1 "Best Cities for Young Professionals" - Forbes, 2011

    7/12/2011 - "With the unemployment rate stuck above 9%, recent college graduates are facing fierce competition for white-collar work: More than 2 million college-educated workers 25 and older are unemployed, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics." "But prospects are much brighter in some cities than others, most notably Des Moines, Iowa, which ranks No. 1 on our list of Best Cities For Young Professionals." More Information

  • #1 "Cities in the US for Home Renters" - Time, 2011

    6/1/2011 - "Des Moines was ranked as one of the top “overall performing cities” in the country during the recession, according to a recent Brookings Institute report. Its low unemployment rate (6.1% in April) has buoyed the economy, while top public schooling and low living costs have made it a magnet for young families. Plus, only 17.9% of renters in this city pay more than 50% of household income for rent and utilities." More Information

  • #1 "Richest Metro in the Nation" - US News & World Report, 2011

    6/1/2011 - "Other places may be famous for their wealthy celebrities, business tycoons, and tech entrepreneurs, but Des Moines, Iowa, is--at least by one measure--the richest metropolitan area in America. According to a U.S. News analysis of data for large U.S. metropolitan areas (pop. 500,000 or larger), the Hawkeye State capital has the highest median income in the nation relative to the cost of living." More Information

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