Des Moines is the capital city of the Iowa State, which is one among the 50 states in the United States. It is the most heavily populated city in the state, and it is the county seat of the Polk County, as well. A small part of the Des Moines City extends into the Warren County. The city was incorporated on the 22nd of September 1851, as Fort Des Moines and in 1857 it was shortened to Des Moines. The Des Moines City is named after the river Des Moines, which may have been modified from the French word, Rivière Des Moines, which means "River of the Monks". The five-county city area is ranked 88th by population in the United States of America with 594,600 inhabitants consistent with the 2014 estimate by the Census Bureau of the United States.
The Des Moines City is a key center of the insurance industry of the United States and it has a great financial services and publishing trade base. Actually, the city was credited as the leading spot for U.S. insurance corporations, and it is named as the third major world’s insurance capital.
The Des Moines City is the head office for the Athene USA insurance, Principal Financial Group, the Meredith Corporation, EMC Insurance Companies, Ruan Transportation, and Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. Other chief corporations, like Wells Fargo, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, Voya Financial, ACE Limited, Monsanto and Pioneer Hi-Bred and Marsh, have huge operations in or close to the metro region.
In recent years, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, and Facebook have time-honored the logistical facilities and data processing in the Des Moines City. The city has been ranked as the "Best Place for Business" in both 2010 and 2013 by the Forbes magazine. NBC ranked the city as the "Wealthiest City in America" in 2014 consistent with its criteria.
The Des Moines City is a vital city in the country’s presidential politics, as it is the capital city of Iowa, which is the abode to the original caucuses of the presidential main cycle. Consequently, several presidential nominees set up campaign head office in the Des Moines City.
The Des Moines City is situated at the heart of North America and far detached from huge bodies of water. The area of the city has a burning summer type moist continental type of weather, with burning, humid summers and chilly, snowy winters. The city’s summer temperatures can frequently go up to 32 C (90 F) range, rarely attaining 38 C (100 F). Dampness can be high during the spring and summer seasons, with regular afternoon thunderstorms. Fall carries enjoyable temperatures and bright fall foliage. Winters diverge from fairly to bitterly cold, with low temperatures projecting below −18 C (0 F) quite frequently. Snow averages 90 cm (35.3 inches) for each season, and yearly rainfall averages 914 mm (36.0 inches), with a peak during the warmer months.
The Public Schools district of the Des Moines City is the biggest community school district in the Iowa State, with 32,062 registered learners as of the 2012–2013, academic year. The district includes 63 schools: 11 middle schools, 38 elementary schools, five high schools and 10 exceptional schools and programs. As an alternative, small parts of the Des Moines City are served by the Carlisle Community Schools. The Des Moines City is also an abode to the chief campuses of two numbers of four-year private colleges.
The Des Moines City includes the headquarters of countless insurance companies, including the EMC Insurance Group, Principal Financial Group, Allied Insurance, Athene, Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa, American Republic Insurance Company and Holmes Murphy. The city has been mentioned as the "Hartford of the West" due to this. The Principal Financial Group is one among the two Fortune 500 companies that has its headquarters in Iowa, with the rank of 273 on the magazine's record during 2009.
The Des Moines City is a cultural hub for Iowa and an abode to a number of art and history museums and carrying out arts groups. The Des Moines Performing Arts regularly organizes Broadway shows and other live professional drama. Jeff Chelsvig, the president and CEO of the Des Moines Performing Arts, is an affiliate of the League of American Theatres and Producers, Inc. The Des Moines Playhouse and the Temple for Performing Arts are other settings for live theatre, humor, and performance arts.