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
  • #4 Best Run State

    Des Moines12/5/2014 - 24/7 Wall Street names Iowa #4 Best Run State. Each year, 24/7 Wall St. attempts to answer this question by surveying various aspects of each state. To determine how well states are managed, we examine key financial ratios, as well as social and economic outcomes. Assessing a state's management quality is hardly easy. The current economic climate and standard of living in any given state are not only the results of policy choices and developments that occurred in the last few years, but can also be affected by decisions made decades ago, and by forces outside a state's control. More Info

  • #2 Best Farmers' Market in America

    Farmers Market11/19/2014 - The Daily Meal names Des Moines the #2 Best Farmers' Market in America. The Daily Meal recognized the nation’s very best farmers markets in its list of the 101 Best Farmers Markets in America based on several criteria. Some important ones to consider are the quality and variety of products sold, how affordable products are, what kind of public endorsement and recognition the farmers market receives, where it’s located, and how often it’s open. We also value the atmosphere we experience at the market, how friendly and helpful the vendors are, and what kind of information is made available to us about the market and its vendors. More Info

  • #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

  • #3 Top Ten Places with the Most Job Opportunities per Capita

    Des Moines7/1/2014 - names Des Moines #3 Top Ten Places with the Most Job Opportunities per Capita. This employment data report analyzes the top cities where you can get hired and recruit candidates compared with Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Civilian Labor Numbers for the same time period. We've also examined job posting data in relation to the where the candidates are to show what types of jobs employers are recruiting for and what types of jobs candidates are searching for. More Info

  • #4 America's Most LGBT-Friendly Cities

    6/11/2014 - Vocativ names Des Moines #4 American's Most LGBT-Friendly City. “For Pride Month, we wanted to create a useful and fun guide to LGBT life across the country,” Scott Cohen, CEO of Vocativ, said in a statement sent to the Huffington Post. 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.

  • #5 Best Cities for Jobs

    6/1/2014 - ZipRecruiter names Des Moines #5 Best Cities for Jobs. The number one city for finding a job in the first quarter of 2014 was Salt Lake City, Utah according to the new ZipRecruiter National Jobs Index. After Salt Lake City, Omaha, NE, Madison, WI, and Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN take up spots two, three, and four of the top 5, with Des Moines, IA, rounding out the top of the list at number five. More Info

  • #2 America's Top 5 Under-the-Radar Tech Hubs

    5/21/2014 - Des Moines named #2 in America's Top 5 Under-the-Radar Tech Hubs. “When we think of high-tech innovation and startup culture, traditionally a handful of cities always come to mind. But today, there’s a different story emerging,” Blacharski, editor in chief of, said in a news release. “High-tech development and innovation is being democratized, and midmarket cities throughout the U.S. are rolling out new tech parks, incubators and programs designed to encourage tech development.” In the spirit of the democratization of tech startups, we’ve come up with a list of America’s Top 5 Under-the-Radar Tech Hubs. More Info

  • #6 Best Cities for Raising a Family

    4/16/2014 - Forbes names Des Moines #6 Best Cities for Raising a Family. Individual tastes aside, we believe there’s a logical, objective set of criteria with which to measure family friendliness. We ranked America’s 100 largest metro areas on median household income, Cost of Living Index, housing affordability, the percentage of residents who own their homes, average commuting delays, crime rate rankings, and local school quality. 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

  • #1 Wealthiest City in America

    1/23/2014 - Today Show names Des Moines #1 Wealthiest City in America. Beverly Hills may be rich and chic and the Upper East Side of Manhattan may be rich and exclusive. But if you're looking for the city where regular folk can live a rich life, try Des Moines, Iowa. More Info

  • #1 Best Medium-Sized Metro Area for Homeownership

    1/21/2014 - NerdWallet names Des Moines #1 Best Medium-Sized Metro Area for Homeownership. NerdWallet analyzed the top 100 most populous metro areas to determine which have characteristics that are favorable to homebuyers. Des Moines-West Des Moines is the best mid-sized metro area for homeowners. Iowa’s capital has a high homeownership rate at 71.5 percent, and its population increased by 1.8 percent from 2011 to 2012. More Info

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