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The Iowa state capital is Des Moines.

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50301 - 50321, 50328 - 50336, 50338, 50339, 50340, 50347, 50350, 50359, 50360, 50361, 50362, 50363, 50364, 50367, 50368, 50369, 50380, 50381, 50391, 50392, 50393, 50394, 50395, 50396, 50397, 50940, 50947, 50950, 50980, 50981

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Statistics & Facts

The population of Des Moines is approximately 203,433 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 85,067 (2000), 81369 (2010).

The amount of land area in Des Moines is 196.3 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Des Moines is 75.8 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 3.797 sq kilometers.
The distance from Des Moines to Washington DC is 929 miles. The distance to the Iowa state capital is miles. (as the crow flies)
Des Moines is positioned 41.57 degrees north of the equator and 93.61 degrees west of the prime meridian.

Des Moines elevation is 955 feet above sea level.
Des Moines per capita income is $23,545 (2009).
Des Moines median income is $42,718 (2009).

The Des Moines median home price is $120,300 (2009).

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Des Moines location: in south-central Iowa. Nearby communities include: Windsor Heights, Pleasant Hill, Urbandale, West Des Moines, Saylorville, Johnston, Norwalk and Clive.

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Climate & Weather

The climate for Des Moines is warm and humid in summer and cold and snowy in winter. Summers may have temperatures above 100 but are mostly in the 90's. The heat coupled with high humidity and afternoon thunderstorms can make things a little bit uncomfortable. Winters are usually cold with plenty of snow. Temperatures may go below 0 often during winter. Fall and Spring bring nice weather.
Des Moines average annual precipitation is 34.72 inches per year.
Des Moines average annual snowfall is 36.4 inches per year.
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History & History Related Items

Des Moines history:

Originally known as Fort Raccoon, a military garrison in 1843, it was built at the fork of the Raccoon and Des Moines Rivers. It could have kept the name, but the War Department didn't thought it was in bad taste and changed the name to Fort Des Moines. This name was taken from the French voyageurs who called the river, La Riviere des Moinesk or River of the Monks.

The state capital was moved here in 1857. The rapid growth of the area due to the gold rush travelers who decided to stay put rather than face the rigors of the trail. Because of this growth, the area grew in prominance, prompting the move of the state capital.
The founding of Des Moines: 1843
The incorporation date of Des Moines: 22 September 1851

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Des Moines attractions:

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World Food Festival
held each year in late September

home town of Chloris Leachman, Actress

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Economy & Industry

Des Moines economy: Though agriculture remains a major part of the economy, there are many factories here. Many of the factories are related to agriculture in some way, such as tractors, drills, cotton pickers, etc.
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