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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2012 Awards and Recognitions
  • #4 "Best Places for Business and Careers" - Forbes, 2012

    12/1/2012 - "Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie recently traveled to China on a trip organized by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. He met with his counterparts regarding Chinese investment in the U.S. and no doubt made a pitch for the many financial services firms in Des Moines." More Information

  • #6 "Best Cities to Grow Old In" - MSN Money 2012

    12/1/2012 - "Des Moines has dynamic financial services and insurance industries, and its economic outlook is bright. However, the car is still king in this midsize Midwestern city, making it difficult for seniors who no longer drive. Des Moines ranks 45th out of 100 in the transportation/convenience indicator." More Information

  • #6 "Cities Where Startups Are Thriving" - CNN Money

    11/27/2012 - "Entrepreneurs can thank online payment provider Dwolla, which has managed to make it big, paving the way for others and inspiring a community." "When you have a company that becomes a symbol, that really gives people a sense it can be done. It removes that chip on the shoulder," said Dane Stangler at the Kauffman Foundation. More Information

  • Des Moines Named In Top Ten Digital City Governments for 2012

    11/26/2012 - The City of Des Moines has been named as one of the top‐ranked digital city governments in the nation for cities of its size. The e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government and Digital Communities Program has announced the top‐ranked digital city governments in the 12th Annual Digital Cities Survey. In the mid-size city category, Des Moines is ranked as #7 for cities with populations of 125,000 – 249,999 population. More Information

  • #1 "Best Cities for Families" - Kiplinger, 2012

    7/1/2012 - "A low unemployment rate, high-paying financial-services jobs and below-average housing costs allow Des Moines residents to enjoy a standard of living that's the envy of their friends in larger cities." More Information

  • #2 "Best Cities for Jobs this Summer" - Forbes, 2012

    6/12/2012 - “In recent months we have seen an increase in opportunities for job seekers in our area,” says Chris Voggesser, president of the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce. “This includes opportunities for recent college graduates, veterans returning to the workforce and the underemployed. Most of our employers feel the economy is turning around and offering them more opportunity to acquire market share within their industry resulting in the need to grow their workforce.” More Information

  • #10 "Most Educated Young Workforce" - The Business Journals, 2012

    5/7/2012 - "On Numbers tabulated education data from the Census Bureau's 2010 American Community Survey, focusing on the nation's 100 biggest metropolitan areas. Breakdowns can be found in the database below." More Information

  • Downtown Des Moines Farmers' Market recognized as "One of America's Best" - Country Living, 2012

    3/28/2012 - "Since it began in 1976, the Des Moines market has grown from 15 vendors to more than 200, and now averages 18,000 visitors each Saturday. In addition to Iowa-grown, chemical-free produce and local meats and cheeses, there are six venues for arts, crafts and entertainment, plus a weekly kids' activity to enchant the younger attendees." More Information

  • #2 for "Best Cities for Jobs" - Forbes, 2012

    2/27/2012 - "Number Two on our list might be a little more surprising: Des Moines, Iowa. Relatively high household incomes and a low unemployment rate mean this capital city five-and-a-half hours west of Chicago is primed to add good jobs that newcomers can fill. Moody’s Analytics, which compiled all the projections for this survey, estimates Des Moines-area employment will increase by 8.6% or 36,000 jobs to 461,000 by the end of 2016. Unemployment topped out at 6% in the depths of the recession and stands a little below that now, compared with 8.3% nationwide." More Information

Other Years' Awards and Recognitions
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