Des Moines, Iowa

Polk County Dallas County Warren County


Des Moines [ dɪmɔɪn ] is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Iowa. In addition, Des Moines is the county seat of Polk County.

Many insurance companies are headquartered in Des Moines, including Equitable of Iowa, Allied Insurance and American Republic Insurance Company.

The Capitol is one of the few in the U.S. with a real gold-plated dome.

  • 5.1 radio stations
  • 5.2 TV station
  • 5.3 Print Media



The city is located in the center of the State of Iowa. The Des Moines River and the Raccoon River flowing south along the downtown. They form the primary water supply of Des Moines, but they also, eg 1993, a certain risk of flooding.


Suburbs of Des Moines include:

  • Altoona ( Iowa)
  • Ankeny (Iowa)
  • Bondurant (Iowa)
  • Carlislee
  • Clive (Iowa)
  • Grimes (Iowa)
  • Johnston (Iowa)
  • Norwalk (Iowa)
  • Pleasant Hill ( Iowa)
  • Polk City (Iowa)
  • Urbandale
  • Waukee
  • West Des Moines
  • Windsor Heights



According to the state of the census of 2000, there are 198 682 people, 80 504 households, and 48,704 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,012.0 / km ². There are 85 067 housing units at an average density of 433.3 / km ². The ethnic composition of the city is as follows: 82.29 % White, 8.07% Black or African American, 0.35% Native American, 3.50 % Asian, 0.05% people from the Pacific Islands, 3.52% other descent, and 2.23% from two or more races. 6.61% of the population are of Hispanic origin of any skin color.

There are 80 504 households out of which 29.5% live in children under 18, 43.7 % are married couples living together, 12.6% have a female householder with no husband present, and 39.5 % do not live in a family. 31.9 % of all households are single-person households, and 10.2 % have a household member who is 65 years or older. The average household size is 2.39 and the average family size is 3.04.

The age structure of the city is as follows: 24.8% under 18, 10.6 % from 18 to 24, 31.8% 25-44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.4 % 65 years or older. The average age is 34 years. In all 100 women come 93.8 males. In all 100 women over 18 years are 90.5 males.

The average household income for the city is U.S. $ 38 408, and the median income for a family is $ 46,590 U.S.. Males have a median income of $ 31 712 U.S. $ against U.S. $ 25.832 in women. The per capita income for the city is U.S. $ 19,467. 11.4 % of the population and 7.9 % of families are below the poverty line. 14.9 % of residents under 18 and 7.6% of live on Fünfundsechzigjährigen below the poverty line.


The city is connected to the Interstate highway system. The running in the north -south Interstate 35 and extending in the east-west Interstate 80 both run along the north-west around the city. At the two intersections branches off Interstate 235 from which runs immediately north of the city center through the city.

The two Interstates are supplemented by two more highways to a motorway ring. These are the Iowa Highway 5 in the South and the U.S. Highway 65 east of the city.

The road network is created, as in most cities of the Midwest in a checkerboard pattern, the streets are created predominantly based on the four cardinal directions. In the city center, the road network by a few degrees is rotated counter-clockwise, making it the shore line of the Des Moines River adapts. Many newer residential area on the outskirts soft in favor of softer forms of the checkerboard pattern.

The city has a 5.6 km long Skyway, which connects to numerous office buildings and parking garages with each other.

The intra- urban transport is handled entirely with the buses the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority ( DART). There are ten urban routes, nine express bus for commuters from the surrounding area as well as Rufbusnetze in less densely populated peripheral areas.

In Des Moines intersect numerous railway lines, but only serve the freight. The nearest railway station with passengers is about 40 miles (64 km) south of Osceola. It is from the California Zephyr, the overland express train in the Amtrak from Chicago to Oakland, operates. The main overland transports are handled by bus lines of the Greyhound Lines, and Jefferson Lines.

The Des Moines Airport is located five kilometers southwest of the city center. It is operated only by domestic flights some U.S. airlines.


The city flag was designed by Walter T. Proctor. It symbolizes the three bridges. The colors white, red, blue American national colors are modeled. The bridges are for the transitions Grandstree, Locust Street and Walnut Street on the Des Moines River.


Radio stations

  • WOI -AM 640, NPR affiliate (general discussions )
  • WHO -AM 1040 News Talk Radio
  • KXNO 1460 Sports
  • WOI -FM 90.1 NPR affiliate (general music) Classical, Jazz, public broadcasting
  • KGGO 94.9, Oldies Rock

TV station

  • WOI -TV | ABC affiliate WOI 5 local
  • KCCI 8 Local CBS affiliate
  • WHO -TV | Local NBC affiliate WHO 13
  • KDSM 17 Local Fox affiliate

Print media

  • Cityview, an independent weekly newspaper
  • Des Moines Business Record
  • Des Moines Register, the main daily newspaper
  • Point blank, an independent weekly newspaper

Colleges and Universities

  • AIB College of Business
  • College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
  • Des Moines Area Community College
  • Drake University
  • Grand View College
  • Hamilton College
  • Simpson College
  • Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and


  • DAWN - Des Moines Area Writers Network
  • IPA - Iowa Poetry Association
  • Civic Center of Greater Des Moines
  • Des Moines Symphony
  • Des Moines Art Center
  • Art Scene
  • Des Moines Art Festival
  • Science Center of Iowa
  • Living History Farms
  • Des Moines Metro Opera
  • Central Iowa Linux Users Group
  • Stone Sour, alternative metal band


  • Iowa Energy: basketball team of the NBA Development League
  • Iowa Chops (up to 2008 " Iowa Stars" ): Hockey Team of the American Hockey League ( AHL )
  • Des Moines Buccaneers: Junior Hockey Team of the United States Hockey League ( USHL )
  • Des Moines Oak Leafs (1961-1972): Hockey Team of the International Hockey League ( IHL )
  • Des Moines Capitols (1972-1975): Hockey Team of the International Hockey League ( IHL )

Many sporting events take place at the Wells Fargo Arena, but also be given in the pop concerts.


Des Moines is twinned with

  • Kofu, Japan, since 1958
  • Saint- Etienne, France, since 1985
  • Shijiazhuang, China, since 1985
  • Stavropol, Russia, since 1992
  • Catanzaro, Italy, since 2006

Sons and daughters of the town

  • George Ball, lawyer, politician and diplomat
  • Bill Bryson, author
  • Stephen Collins, actor, director and author
  • Shawn Crahan, co-founder and percussionist of the band Slipknot
  • Bill Daily, actor
  • Thomas Michael Disch, science fiction author
  • Sondra Van Ert, snowboarder
  • Thompson Benton Ferguson, former Governor of Oklahoma
  • John R. Harrison, journalist
  • P. C. Hodgell, fantasy author
  • Shawn Johnson, gymnast and Olympic gold medalist
  • Joey Jordison, drummer for the band Slipknot
  • Gertrude Käsebier, Photographer
  • David S. Kruidenier, philanthropist and journalist
  • Cloris Leachman, actress
  • Rita McBride, who lives in Cologne artist
  • Matt McCoy, politicians
  • Kelly Pardekooper, songwriter
  • Anthony Parker, basketball player
  • Chris Pirillo, founder of Lockergnome Blog Network and former television presenter on TechTV
  • Stanley Prusiner, a biochemist and physician
  • Charles A. Rawson, politicians
  • William Harrison Riker, a political scientist
  • James Root, guitarist for the band Slipknot and Stone Sour
  • Brandon Routh, actor
  • Bill Stewart, jazz drummer
  • Corey Todd Taylor musician, lead singer of metal bands Slipknot and Stone Sour
  • Mick Thomson lead guitarist of Slipknot
  • Monrad Charles Wallgren, former Governor of Washington
  • Tionne Watkins, a member of the pop group TLC and actress
  • Frank Wykoff, athlete and Olympic champion