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Des Moines
Polk County, Iowa

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Weather & Climate

History & History-related items

City Attractions



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Organizations, Churches, and Sports.




Statistics & Facts

The Iowa state capital is Des Moines.
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).
Des Moines average annual precipitation is 34.72 inches peryear.
Des Moines average annual snowfall is 36.4 inches per year.


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

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.
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The founding of Des Moines


The incorporation of Des Moines

22 September 1851


See our Des Moines Attractions page.

World Food Festival
held each year in late September

home town of Chloris Leachman, Actress
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Economy & Industry

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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Des Moines City Government

City of Des Moines

City of Des Moines
400 Robert D. Ray Drive
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-283-4500

Des Moines International Airport

Des Moines Chamber

Greater Des Moines Partnership
700 Locust Street, Suite 100
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-286-4950

Des Moines Organizations

Greater Des Moines Partnership
700 Locust Street, Suite 100
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-286-4950

Des Moines Libraries

Des Moines Public Library
1000 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-283-4152
Des Moines Franklin Library
5000 Franklin Ave
Des Moines, IA 50310
Phone: 515-283-4152

Des Moines Schools

Des Moines Catholic School Supt.
701 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309-2704
Phone: 515-237-5013

Des Moines Central Campus School
1800 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309-3310
Phone: 515-242-7846


Kingsway Christian College
3707 SW 9th St
Des Moines, IA 50315-3047
Phone: 515-288-2852 Des Moines


The population of Des Moines was:
1860 - 3,965
1870 - 12,035
1880 - 22,408
1890 - 50,093
1900 - 62,139
1910 - 86,368
1920 - 126,468
1930 - 142,559
1940 - 159,819
1950 - 177,965
1960 - 208,982
1970 - 200,587
1980 - 191,003
1990 - 193,187
2000 - 198,682
2010 - 203.433

Number of Housing Units:
1990 - 83,289
2000 - 85,067

Median Household Income:
2000 - $ 38,408
2009 - $ 42,718

Per Capita Income:
2000 - $ 19,467
2009 - $ 23,545

Median House Value:
2000 - $ 79,900
2009 - $ 120,300

Des Moines is located in the central time zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.

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