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Des Moines /dᵻˈmɔɪn/ is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. It is also the county seat of Polk County. A small portion of the city extends into Warren County. It was incorporated on September 22, 1851, as Fort Des Moines, which was shortened to "Des Moines" in 1857. It is located on and named after the Des Moines River, which likely was adapted from the French colonial name, Rivière des Moines, meaning "River of the Monks." The city's population was 203,433 as of the 2010 census. The five-county metropolitan area is ranked 91st in terms of population in the United States with 599,789 residents according to the 2013 estimate by the United States Census Bureau. Des Moines is a major center of the U.S. insurance industry and has a sizable financial services and publishing business base. The city was credited as the "number one spot for U.S. insurance companies" in a Business Wire article and named the third-largest "insurance capital" of the world. The city is the headquarters for the Principal Financial Group, the Meredith Corporation, Ruan Transportation, EMC Insurance Companies, and Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. Other major corporations such as Wells Fargo, Voya Financial, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, ACE Limited, Marsh, Monsanto and Pioneer Hi-Bred have large operations in or near the metro area. In recent years Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and Facebook have established data processing and logistical facilities in the Des Moines metro. Forbes magazine ranked Des Moines as the "Best Place for Business" in both 2010 and 2013. In 2014, NBC ranked Des Moines as the "Wealthiest City in America," according to its criteria. Des Moines is an important city in U.S. presidential politics: as the capital of the state, it is the site of the first caucuses of the presidential primary cycle. Many presidential candidates set up campaign headquarters in Des Moines. A 2007 article in The New York Times said "if you have any desire to witness presidential candidates in the most close-up and intimate of settings, there is arguably no better place to go than Des Moines".

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At first what may look like a capital city full of significant buildings, especially administrative the city of Des Moines will surprise with its potential. Literally meaning “of monks” this city sure does have a juxtaposing relevance. They say that it was here that the Mississippian culture began to develop by some monks that built huts on the banks of the river, back in 17th century. Gradually, with the vague development of the city, in the 20the century a “City Beautiful” project was exerted to give the development some direction. This also lead to a spike in the Des Moines tourism. So, today you have places like the Capitol Building, Iowa State Fairgrounds, Pappajohn Sculpture Park and the Blank Park Zoo. Make a visit to the Downtown Farmers Market, on a Saturday to have some really good breakfast and get some fresh produce home!

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Facts and Stats for Des Moines*

  • Pollution Statistics in Des Moines

    Know the pollution level of Des Moines before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 4.17 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 33.33 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 5.56 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 33.33 (Low)
  • Des Moines: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Des Moines for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Des Moines.

    • Burglary and Theft 34.38 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 28.13 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 34.38 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 39.06 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 29.69 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 50 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 25 (Low)
    • Drug offense 40.63 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 84.38 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 46.88 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 26.56 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 17.19 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 46.88 (Moderate)
  • Living in Des Moines - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Des Moines is 202.83 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 64.26 (High)
    • Climate Index 61.88 (High)
    • Pollution Index 16.28 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 25.37 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 62.74 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 78.61 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 2.23 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 126.7 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Des Moines

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Des Moines

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 40.17 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 71.11 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 46.83 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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