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Des Moines… HELL YES!
- Des Moines was founded in 1843 and incorporated as a city in 1851
- The original name of Des Moines was Fort Raccoon, and was later changed to Fort Des Moines, then shortened to the current ‘Des Moines’
- Des Moines is located at 41°35′27″N, 93°37′15″W (41.590939, -93.620866) and is within the Central Time Zone
- Des Moines is situated at the junction of the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers
- Des Moines is located in Polk County and is the capital city of Iowa
- Downtown Des Moines Zip Code is 50309 and Area Code of 515
- More than 77,000 people come to work in downtown Des Moines every day, one of the highest rates per capita in all of the U.S.
- Des Moines has been dubbed the 3rd largest insurance capital of the world, after London, England and Hartford, Connecticut
- Des Moines has a 19.2 minute average commute time, one of the lowest for a city of our size
- The downtown skywalk system is nearly four miles long, the 2nd most miles of skywalk per capita in North America, after Calgary, Alberta Canada
- The five-county Des Moines metropolitan area is ranked 91st in terms of population in the United States according to 2007 estimates with 546,599 residents according to United States Census Bureau. The city proper population was 198,682 at the 2000 census.
- The Downtown Farmers Market has more than 200 vendors from all around Iowa.
- Almost 200,000 attend the Des Moines Arts Festival every summer
- Over a million people attend the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines every August
- Des Moines has four professional minor league teams. The Iowa Barnstormers, arena football, and the Iowa Energy, basketball, both play at the Wells Fargo Arena. There is also the Iowa Cubs baseball team that plays at Principal Park and the Des Moines Menace soccer team.
- Des Moines is a diverse, multi-faceted metropolitan area where the arts, theatre, ballet, symphony, opera are plentiful.
- Nearest large city is Omaha, Nebraska which is about 125 miles west of Des Moines
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