The capital of Iowa also with the state's largest municipal population of roughly 500,000.
The city is intersected by I-80 and I-35 resulting in a steady population growth.
Major insurance capital of the world second only to Hartford , CT.
Forbes Magazine ranked Des Moines 4th in Best Place for Business in 2007.
Plays large roll in the Presidential Nomination with the first Caucus and a somewhat kick start to the election process in America.
Des Moines host 5 semi-pro sports teams: Iowa Cubs (AAA Baseball) Iowa Stars (AHL) Iowa Energy (NBA Development League) Des Moines Menace (PDL Soccer) Iowa Barnstormers (Arena Football).
Also home to the Iowa State Fair, the United States largest fair= Beer, Babes, Rides, Animals, Rednecks
City Break Down
Des Moines City Center:
Businesses, with a sudden revival in nightlife and upscale loft style living
Lower class to government subsidized housing, many drug users and meth labs, "East Siders" tend to try to act tough, mostly because they didn't have parents to raise them correctly. Most tend to perform poorly in high school and end up not going to college where they cycle continues over again, drive up liquor stores are common as well as tobacco outlets
Synonymous with the East side except their is a stronger population of African Americans
Strong Italian population, some areas can be very nice, while some areas can be trailer parks Des Moines International Airport is located on the south side
Suburban living, predominantly white, white collar workers, educated households, Nice area where you don't have to worry about getting beat up by losers who are jealous about your lifestyle
"Yo dude I don't wanna go into Des Moines, lets just stay in West Des Moines and Clive and party with all the hot bitches who don't have babies at the age of 18."
"Yeah dude I don't wanna go Des Moines either some East Sider will stab us"
"Dude wanna go to the Fair tonight?"
"Sure I heard it was East Sider Night, We can grab some beers and put on a nice Polo shirt and watch them all walk around shirtless with their wife beater shirts tucked into their belts Then think to ourselves how happy we are we grew up in West Des Moines"