Des Moines, Iowa, USA

🇺🇸 Des Moines 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 is located 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 six-county metropolitan area is the largest metropolitan area fully located within the state.

Des Moines is a major centre of the US insurance industry and has a sizeable 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 Corteva have large operations in or near the metropolitan area. In recent years, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, and Facebook have built data-processing and logistical facilities in the Des Moines area.

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.

Economy Many insurance companies are headquartered in Des Moines, including the Principal Financial Group, EMC Insurance Group, Fidelity & Guaranty Life, Allied Insurance, GuideOne Insurance, Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa, FBL Financial Group, and American Republic Insurance Company. Des Moines has been referred to as the "Hartford of the West" and "Insurance Capital" because of this. The Principal is one of two Fortune 500 companies with headquarters in Iowa (the other being Casey's General Stores), ranking 201st on the magazine's list in 2020.

As a centre of financial and insurance services, other major corporations headquartered outside of Iowa have a presence in the Des Moines Metro area, including Wells Fargo, Voya Financial, and Electronic Data Systems (EDS). The Meredith Corporation, a leading publishing and marketing company, is also based in Des Moines. Meredith publishes Better Homes and Gardens, one of the most widely circulated publications in the United States. Des Moines was also the headquarters of Golf Digest magazine.

Other major employers in Des Moines include UnityPoint Health, Mercy Medical Center, MidAmerican Energy Company, CDS Global, UPS, Firestone Agricultural Tire Company, EDS, Drake University, Titan Tire, The Des Moines Register, Anderson Erickson, Dee Zee and EMCO.

In 2017, Kemin Industries opened a state-of-the-art world-wide headquarters building in Des Moines.

Des Moines' top non-government employers include: Wells Fargo & Co; UnityPoint Health; Principal Financial Group; MercyOne; Amazon; Nationwide/Allied Insurance; John Deere; Corteva; UPS; Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Des Moines, Iowa, USA 
<b>Des Moines, Iowa, USA</b>
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Des Moines is rated Sufficiency by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) which evaluates and ranks the relationships between world cities in the context of globalisation. Sufficiency level cities are cities that have a sufficient degree of services so as not to be overly dependent on world cities.

Des Moines has a population of over 214,237 people. Des Moines also forms the centre of the wider Des Moines metropolitan area which has a population of over 699,300 people. Des Moines is the #65 hipster city in the world, with a hipster score of 5.1428 according to the Hipster Index which evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to the number of vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques, and record stores.

Twin Towns – Sister Cities Des Moines and the suburbs of Cumming, Norwalk, Windsor Heights, Johnston, Urbandale, and Ankeny, maintain sister city relationships with: 🇯🇵 Kōfu, Japan; 🇫🇷 Saint-Etienne, France; 🇨🇳 Shijiazhuang, China; 🇷🇺 Stavropol, Russia; :XK: Pristina, Kosovo; 🇮🇹 Catanzaro, Italy; 🇲🇾 Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia.

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