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17 Facts About Des Moines, Iowa

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Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa.

Iowa is a U.S. state in the Midwestern United States, bordered by the Mississippi River on the east and the Missouri River and the Big Sioux River on the west.

Downtown Des Moines, IA by Kevin Hackett

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It is also the county seat of Polk County.

A county seat is an administrative center, or seat of government, for a county or civil parish.

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A small portion of the city extends into Warren County.

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It was incorporated on September 22, 1851, as Fort Des Moines, which was shortened to "Des Moines" in 1857.

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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 Des Moines River is a tributary of the Mississippi River in the upper Midwestern United States that is approximately 525 miles long from its farther headwaters.

A monk is a person who practices religious asceticism, living either alone or with any number of other monks.

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The city's population was 203,433 as of the 2010 census.

A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population.

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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.

The United States of America, commonly referred to as the United States or America, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.

The United States Census Bureau is a principal agency of the U.S. Federal Statistical System, responsible for producing data about the American people and economy.

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Des Moines is a major center of the U.S. insurance industry and has a sizable financial services and publishing business base.

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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.

Business Wire is a company that disseminates full-text press releases from thousands of companies and organizations worldwide to news media, financial markets, disclosure systems, investors, information web sites, databases, bloggers, social networks and other audiences.

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The city is the headquarters for the Principal Financial Group, the Meredith Corporation, Ruan Transportation, EMC Insurance Companies, and Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is a mutual insurance in the United States with more than two million members in Iowa and South Dakota.

The Principal Financial Group is a global financial investment management leader headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa.

Meredith is a Welsh Brittonic family name name, and is also sometimes used as a girls or boys forename.

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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.

Chubb Limited, incorporated in Zurich, Switzerland, is the parent company of the Chubb, a global provider of insurance products covering property and casualty, accident and health, reinsurance, and life insurance.

Wells Fargo & Company is an American international banking and financial services holding company headquartered in San Francisco, California, with "hubquarters" throughout the country.

Monsanto Company is a publicly traded American multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation.

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In recent years Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and Facebook have established data processing and logistical facilities in the Des Moines metro.

Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Redmond, Washington, that develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics and personal computers and services.

The Hewlett-Packard Company or shortened to Hewlett-Packard was an American multinational information technology company headquartered in Palo Alto, California.

Facebook is a for-profit corporation and online social media and social networking service based in Menlo Park, California, United States.

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Forbes magazine ranked Des Moines as the "Best Place for Business" in both 2010 and 2013.

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In 2014, NBC ranked Des Moines as the "Wealthiest City in America," according to its criteria.

The National Broadcasting Company is an American commercial broadcast television network that is the flagship property of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast.

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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.

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Many presidential candidates set up campaign headquarters in Des Moines.

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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."

The New York Times is an American daily newspaper, founded and continuously published in New York City since September 18, 1851, by The New York Times Company.

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