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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2013 Awards and Recognitions
  • #5 Best US States for Young Adults

    10/14/2013 - MoneyRates names Iowa #5 Best US States for Young Adults. Where should a young person go today to make his or her fortune? With student loan burdens soaring and youth unemployment rates in the double-digits, this isn't an easy question to answer. A young adult starting out today would benefit from a place with plenty of opportunity, reasonable living costs and just enough lifestyle amenities to keep things interesting. More Info

  • #15 America's Most Productive Metros

    10/4/2013 - CITYLAB names Des Moines Metro #15 America's Most Productive Metros. In 2012, the top ten largest metropolitan economies produced more than a third of the country's total economic output. Productivity averaged $36,154 across all cities in 2012. But there was wide variation in productivity across America’s metro areas. More Info

  • Exemplary Systems in Government Award - URISA, 2013

    10/2/2013 - The City of Des Moines has received a 2013 Exemplary Systems in Government award for an enhanced communication tool on the City’s website called “Show Me My House”. “Show Me My House” uses mapping technology to help residents stay informed and connect with City services. The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) recognized the City’s Show Me My House web application specifically for its usefulness in communicating snow ordinance parking restrictions. More Information

  • #12 Best States for Business

    9/28/2013 - Forbes names Iowa #12 Best States for Business. The U.S. economy continues to sputter along with a cloudy outlook. The Federal Reserve indicated as much last week when it decided to maintain its monthly $85 billion bond buying program to prop up economic growth. Our study looks at six important factors for businesses: costs, labor supply, regulatory environment, current economic climate, growth prospects and quality of life. More Info

  • Des Moines Among Nation's Most Generous Cities - NerdWallet, 2013

    9/22/2013 - Des Moines is ranked among the top 20 on the list of the most generous cities noted by NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy website. NerdWallet analyzed 366 places in the U.S. Des Moines was ranked as the 15th most generous city. More Information

  • #1 "Best Places for Business and Careers" - Forbes, 2013

    8/7/2013 - "Des Moines, Iowa, tops our list this year. It is the only place that ranks among the top quartile in at least nine of the 12 metrics we graded the cities on. Highlights for the Des Moines metro area include business costs that are 17% below the national average and an educated workforce where 36% of the population has a college degree and 92% possess a high school diploma." More Information

  • City of Des Moines Designated as a "Tree City USA"

    Picture of Tree with the Sun4/24/2013 - The Arbor Day Foundation has just designated the City of Des Moines as a "Tree City USA" which is the 21st year the City has received this honor. The City of Des Moines and several community partners and volunteers will plant 69 trees during this year's Arbor Day activities. More Information

  • Forbes Ranks Des Moines #3 in Forbes Emerging Downtowns 2013

    View of Downtown Des Moines4/10/2013 - Since 2000, more than $3 billion has been allocated to redevelop the Midwestern city's downtown. In 2008 the city enlisted urbanist and Princeton professor Mario Gandelsonas to help draw up a master plan that encompasses a skywalk system, updates to and expansion of public transit, and a public art-filled Riverwalk. More Information

  • Ten Most Unexpected Cities for High-Tech Innovations 2013 -

    Network Cables4/8/2013 - When considering some of the counter intuitive or otherwise surprising nominations for unexpected tech cities of innovation, Des Moines certainly fit the description. Upon mention, many imagine a popular perception of rich farmland. However, the city offers several business incubators, a wide range of notable start-ups and a prime environment for young professionals. More Information

  • Winner of 2012 Environmental Impact Award

    Environment4/3/2013 - Des Moines Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of the winners of the 2012 Environmental Impact Award. The program sponsored by Metro Waste Authority, Greater Des Moines Partnership, Center on Sustainable Communities (COSC), Des Moines Water Works and MidAmerican Energy honors local organizations and leaders for their sustainability efforts in the Greater Des Moines area. The Environmental Impact Awards will be formally presented at an awards ceremony luncheon Wednesday, May 15, 11:30 am to 1:00 p.m. at the Raccoon River Park Nature Lodge in West Des Moines. More Information

  • #2 "Strongest Local Economy" - Policom, 2013

    4/2/2013 - "The study measures 23 different economic factors over a twenty-year period to create the rankings. The formulas determine how an economy has behaved over an extended period of time." More Information

  • #1 Best Midwest Cities for Young Adults

    3/26/2013 - The Business Journals names Des Moines #1 Best Midwest Cities for Young Adults. More than 1.8 million U.S. students will be picking up bachelor's degrees this May and moving on to the next phase of their lives. Where should they focus their job hunts? The Business Journals have also divided this year's rankings along regional lines, with Washington, Austin, Des Moines and San Jose emerging as the leaders. More Info

  • Des Moines #8 in 2013 Best Places for Young Adults - The Business Journal

    Des Moines Map3/26/2013 - The Business Journals analyzed major U.S. markets to identify the best places for young jobseekers. More than 1.8 million U.S. students will be picking up bachelor's degrees this May and moving on to the next phase of their lives. Where should they focus their job hunts? The ideal options, according to a new study by The Business Journals, are Austin, San Jose, Washington and Des Moines, Iowa. They're the metropolitan areas that offer the best chance for young adults to establish themselves in post-recessionary America. More Information

  • #2 "Best Cities to Start a Business" - The Street, 2013

    3/19/2013 - "To be honest I came through Des Moines and was trying to fill some time before I left and headed to the Bay ... and I ended up finding that there was a unique knowledge base here and a unique support system," says Ben Milne, founder and CEO of Dwolla. "And then I found Iowa-based investors that offered support that I couldn't get outside of Iowa like the Technology Association of Iowa. They helped me along every step of the way and I just never needed to leave to find the things that the company needed next." More Information

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