Des Moines, Iowa

Des Moines, Iowa
State capital and city
City of Des Moines
Clockwise from top: skyline, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, the Kruidenier Trail bridge, the Iowa State Capitol, and 801 Grand (Principal Financial Group)
Clockwise from top: skyline, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, the Kruidenier Trail bridge, the Iowa State Capitol, and 801 Grand (Principal Financial Group)
Official seal of Des Moines, Iowa
"Hartford of the West"[1][2]
Location within Iowa
Coordinates: 41°35′27″N 93°37′15″W / 41°35′27″N 93°37′15″W / 41.59083; -93.62083
CountryUnited States
CountiesPolk and Warren
IncorporatedSeptember 22, 1851
 • TypeCouncil–manager government[3]
 • MayorFrank Cownie (D)
 • Senate
 • House
 • U.S. CongressCindy Axne (D)
 • State capital and city90.65 sq mi (213.93 km2)
 • Land88.92 sq mi (233.3 km2)
 • Water1.73 sq mi (4.48 km2)
955 ft (291 m)
 • State capital and city203,433
 • Estimate 
 • RankUS: 101st
IA: 1st
 • Density2,200/sq mi (950/km2)
 • Urban
450,070 (86th)
 • Metro
655,409 (87th)
 • CSA
846,068 (65th)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
Area code515
FIPS code19-21000

Des Moines (n/ (About this soundlisten)) 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 part 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.[7] It is on and named after the Des Moines River, which likely was adapted from the early French name, Rivière des Moines, meaning "River of the Monks". The city's population was 216,853 as of the 2018 population estimate.[8] The five-county metropolitan area is ranked 89th in terms of population in the United States with 655,409 residents according to the 2018 estimate by the United States Census Bureau, and is the largest metropolitan area fully located within the state. A portion of the larger Omaha, Nebraska, metropolitan area extends into three counties of southwest Iowa.[9]

Des Moines is a major center of the US 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, TMC 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 DuPont Pioneer have large operations in or near the metropolitan area. In recent years, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, and Facebook[10][11] have built data-processing and logistical facilities in the Des Moines area. Forbes ranked Des Moines as the "Best Place for Business" in both 2010 and 2013.[12] In 2014, NBC ranked Des Moines as the "Wealthiest City in America" according to its criteria.[13]

Des Moines is an important city in U.S. presidential politics; as the state's capital, 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."[14]


Des Moines takes its name from Fort Des Moines (1843–46), which was named for the Des Moines River. This was adopted from the name given by French colonists. "Des Moines" (pronounced [de.mwan] (About this soundlisten), formerly French pronunciation: ​[de.mwɛn]) translates literally to either "from the monks" or "of the monks". The historian Virgil Vogel claimed that the name was derived from Moingona, an Algonquian clan name, which means "Loon".[15]

Some historians and researchers lacking linguistic or Algonquianist training concluded that Moingona meant "people by the portage" or something similar, a reference to the Des Moines Rapids. This was where the earliest known encounters between the Moingona and European explorers took place.[16]

One popular interpretation of "Des Moines" ignores Vogel's research, and concludes that it refers to a group of French Trappist monks, who in the 17th century lived in huts built on top of what is now known as the ancient Monks Mound at Cahokia, the major center of Mississippian culture, which developed in what is present-day Illinois, east of the Mississippi River and the city of St. Louis. This was some 200 miles (320 km) from the Des Moines River.[17]

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Afrikaans: Des Moines
አማርኛ: ደሞይን
العربية: دي موين (آيوا)
azərbaycanca: De-moyn
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беларуская: Дэ-Мойн
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български: Де Мойн
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Deutsch: Des Moines
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estremeñu: Des Moines (Iowa)
euskara: Des Moines
Gàidhlig: Des Moines, Iowa
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한국어: 디모인
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हिन्दी: डी मोइन
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italiano: Des Moines
עברית: דה מוין
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kurdî: Des Moines
кырык мары: Де-Мойн (Айова)
Latina: Monachopolis
latviešu: Demoina
lietuvių: De Moinas
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მარგალური: დე-მოინი
مصرى: دى موين
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Nederlands: Des Moines (Iowa)
नेपाल भाषा: दि मोइन, आयोवा
нохчийн: Де-Мойн
norsk: Des Moines
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occitan: Des Moines
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Des Moines (Iowa)
پنجابی: ڈس موئنس
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русский: Де-Мойн
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Simple English: Des Moines, Iowa
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српски / srpski: Де Мојн
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Des Moines, Iowa
suomi: Des Moines
svenska: Des Moines
Tagalog: Des Moines
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татарча/tatarça: Де-Мойн
Türkçe: Des Moines
українська: Де-Мойн
Tiếng Việt: Des Moines, Iowa
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