Des Moines, Iowa

Des Moines Business Signs

Des Moines is a city located almost right smack dab in the central region of the present-day U.S. state of Iowa.  Prior to meddling by those of European descent, this area is thought to have been inhabited for at least seven thousand years.  The original United States Settlement, however, was not established until May of 1843.  It was called Fort Des Moines, and its construction was overseen by Captain James Allen.  Captain Allen originally wanted to call the settlement Fort Raccoon, but the U.S. War Department overruled him.  Des Moines is named after the Des Moines River.  Des Moines, in French, translates to “from the monks” or “of the monks.”  The city of Des Moines, Iowa was officially incorporated on September 22nd, 1851.

Today, according to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Des Moines, Iowa has a total population of 215,472 people.  This makes it the most populous city in the entire state of Iowa, and the 102nd most populous city in the country.  The Des Moines, Iowa Metropolitan Area, on the other hand, according to that same 2016 estimate, has a total population of 634,725 people.  This makes it the 89th most populous metropolitan area in the United States.

In both 2010 and 2013, Forbes Magazine ranked Des Moines, Iowa as the “Best Place for Business.”  Perhaps even more telling, in 2014, the city of Des Moines, Iowa was named the “Wealthiest City in America” by NBC.  This financial prosperity was most likely brought about by the insurance industry.  In fact, Des Moines, Iowa is considered a major center of the U.S. insurance industry – named the “number one spot for U.S. insurance companies” by Business Wire and named the third-largest insurance capital city in the world.  Des Moines, Iowa serves as the location of the headquarters for such insurance institutions as Principal Financial Group, the Meredith Corporation, Ruan Transportation, EMC Insurance Companies, and Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.  Beyond insurance, Des Moines, Iowa is also home to major operational sites for Wells Fargo, Voya Financial, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, ACE Limited, March, Monsanto, and Pioneer Hi-Bred.

Des Moines, Iowa is the capital of Iowa.  This is the reason why it is also the home of the Iowa State Capitol.  The Iowa State Capitol, which was built from 1871-1886 by architects John C. Cochrane and Alfred H. Piquenard, features the only five-domed capitol in the country.  It is also listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places while also continuing to function as the seat of the Iowa General Assembly, Senate, House of Representatives, and Office of the Governor, among many other uses.

Des Moines, Iowa is also home to several professional sporting franchises of note.  These include the Pacific Coast League’s Iowa Cubs, a Triple-A affiliate of MLB’s Chicago Cubs.  The Iowa Cubs play their home games at Principal Park and have one league title to their name.  United States Hockey League’s Des Moines Buccaneers play their home matches in Buccaneer Arena.  They have four Anderson, three Gold, and four Clark Cups to their name.  Soccer’s Premier Development League’s Des Moines Menace play at Valley Stadium and have one PDL Championship season to their name.  American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild play in Wells Fargo Arena while Des Moines Derby Dames play in 7 Flags Event Center.

Any chance you might be the lucky owner of a small business in and/or around the Des Moines, Iowa area?  Ever considered starting up such a lucrative venture?  If so, the resources listed below could help you:

Apply for a Business License in Des Moines, Iowa:

Des Moines – Iowa Small Business Development Centers:

Des Moines Downtown Chamber of Commerce:

West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce:

Des Moines East and South Chamber of Commerce:

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