Des Moines city, Iowa

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Des Moines city, Iowa

Des Moines city, Iowa
Nickname(s):DSM
Founded:1843
Incorporated:September 22, 1851
Population
- Total:203.433 (2010)
- Density:2.480,9/sq mi (968,7/sq km)
Area code(s):515
Time zone:CST (UTC-6)
Summer Time zone:CDT (UTC-5)
Website:www.dmgov.org
Area
- Total:84 sq mi (215 sq km)
- Land:82 sq mi (210 sq km)
- Water:2 sq mi (5 sq km)
- % water:2,33 %
Latitude:+41.5739461
Longitude:-093.6167080

Quick information summary of the Des Moines city area.

Des Moines city is located in the state of Iowa. It occupies the area of 84 square miles. 2 square miles are water areas and 82 square miles remain for land areas. Center of the Des Moines city lies at +41.5739461, -093.6167080 coordinates. According to the 2010 Census, there are 203.433 living in the Des Moines city. The racial makeup shows these 3 races as the most frequent : White (76.42%), Black or African American (10.25%) and Some Other Race (4.99%). Median age is 33 for the males and 34 for the females.

Des Moines is the largest city and the state capital of Iowa. In 2010 it had a population of 203,433 and its five-county metropolitan area had a population of 569,663. The city got its name after the Des Moines River upon which it was founded and the name of the river is the translation of French name “Riviere des Moines” which means “River of the Monks.” The city occupies 82.5 square miles and lies in the Central Time Zone (UTC-6).

The city is known as “Hartford of the West” because of the numerous insurance companies headquartered in the city (Hartford, Connecticut is famous for the large concentration of insurance companies and sometimes considered to be the insurance capital of the world).

Des Moines plays an important role in the presidential politics of the USA because it is the seat of the Iowa caucuses, which, since 1972, represent the first major electoral event in the nomination for the President of the USA, which is why many campaigns are held and headquartered in Des Moines.

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Statistical data for the Des Moines city based on the 2010 U.S. Census

Racial makeup

Total
203,433
White alone
155,46976.42 %
Black or African American alone
20,84210.25 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
1,0080.50 %
Asian alone
8,9904.42 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
1490.07 %
Some Other Race alone
10,1584.99 %
Two or More races
6,8173.35 %

Profile of the Des Moines city

History of Des Moines

Des Moines was originally built as Fort Des Moines at the confluence of Des Moines and Raccoon rivers, in 1843. The sole purpose of the fort was to control Meskwaki and Sauk Indian tribes who were forcibly relocated there from eastern Iowa. The fort was abandoned three years later after the tribes were relocated again. The area around the old fort was soon occupied by settlers and in 1846 For Des Moines became the seat of the Polk County. In 1851, the two rivers rose unexpectedly and flooded the entire town. The floods, however, gave the town a clean slate to start again. The same year, Fort Des Moines was incorporated, the state capital moved from Iowa City and its name was abbreviated to Des Moines. The real growth of the city began in 1866 after the completion of a railroad link. In the second half of the 19th century the city experienced a coal mining boom, which provided a boost for the economy and drew more settlers to the area. However, almost all mines in the area were exhausted by 1908.

By the beginning of the 20th century, city officials started the “City Beautiful” project during which many Beaux Arts buildings were built along the Des Moines River. Today, these buildings form the Civic Center Historic District of des Moines. However, many ornaments in the city, such as fountains and ornaments, were destroyed during a long period of industrial decline in Des Moines, which started in 1950s and lasted until 1980s, when the city rose again, this time no longer a blue-collar industrial city but a white-collar professional one.

Like many American cities, Des Moines city core started losing population that moved to suburbs. In 1993, the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers rose again in what is often called Great Flood of 1993, causing major property damage and leaving 250,000 inhabitants without drinking water for twenty days.

Des Moines is today one of the cities implementing the United Nations sustainable development project called Agenda 21.

Geography and Climate

Des Moines is the center and the largest city of the Des Moines-West des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area which extends to five counties in central Iowa. The city has a humid continental climate, with hot and wet summers and cold, snowy winters. Thunderstorms are quite frequent in spring and early summer, while the autumns are generally very pleasant with beautiful fall foliage.

According to the 2010 Census, 76.4% of the population in Des Moines is white, 12% is Hispanic or Latino, 10% is African American or Black, 4.4% is Asian, 0.5% is Native American and 0.1% is Pacific Islander, while 5% of the population is some other race and 3.4% is from two or more races.

Economy

The per capita income in Des Moines was $19,467 in 2010 and the median household income was $38,408.

Des Moines is a major insurance center with headquarters of such companies as the Principal Financial Group, Allied Insurance, EMC Insurance Group, Aviva USA and Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa. In addition, many financial and insurance companies from other states and countries have branches and operations in Des Moines, including Wells Fargo, Electronic Data Systems and ING Group. Des Moines is home to the Meredith Corporation, the company that publishes Better Homes and Gardens.

In 2010, Forbes Magazine chose Des Moines as the “Best Place for Business and Careers.”

Des Moines Culture and Tourism

Major cultural institutions in the city include Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, which often hosts Broadway productions, the Des Moines Metro Opera founded in 1973, Ballet Des Moines founded in 2002 and the Des Moines Symphony. Wells Fargo Arena is the largest venue for concerts and sports, while the Simon Estes Riverfront Amphitheater is the largest outdoor venue. Other important cultural institutions include the Des Moines Art Center, the Pappajohn Sculpture Park and the Temple for Performing Arts.

Major tourist attractions in Des Moines are State of Iowa Historical Museum, Iowa State Capitol, Terrace Hill, Des Moines Botanical Center, East Village, Great Ape Trust of Iowa and Blank Park Zoo.

Iowa State Fair is held every year in August and the Des Moines Arts Festival takes place every May.

Education and Transportation

Des Moines has two private four-year colleges - Grand View University and Drake University, as well as one community college - Des Moines Area Community College. Other institutions of post-secondary education include Des Moines University, which is an osteopathic medical school, and AIB College of Business.

Des Moines has one of the largest skywalk systems in the United States. This system allows people to travel between buildings without actually going outside. It is estimated that there are more than four miles of such enclosed walkways within the city.

Major roads in the city area include interstate highways I-35 and I-80, U.S. Highways 6 and 69 and Iowa Highways 5, 28, 141, 163 and 415.

Des Moines is served by the Des Moines International Airport. Inter-city transit is provided by Greyhound Bus Lines and Jefferson Lines. The nearest Amtrak station is located 40 miles south of the city, in Osceola.

Public transit system within the city is called DART and consists solely of buses.

Statistical data for the Des Moines city

Data Source : US Census Bureau

Racial makeup

Total
203,433
White alone
155,46976.42 %
Black or African American alone
20,84210.25 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
1,0080.50 %
Asian alone
8,9904.42 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
1490.07 %
Some Other Race alone
10,1584.99 %
Two or More races
6,8173.35 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin

Total
203,433
Not Hispanic or Latino
179,09988.04 %
Hispanic or Latino
24,33411.96 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin by Race

Total
203,433
Not Hispanic or Latino
179,09988.04 %
White alone
143,41380.07 %
Black or African American alone
20,43011.41 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
6010.34 %
Asian alone
8,9234.98 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
1270.07 %
Some Other Race alone
4320.24 %
Two or More races
5,1732.89 %
Hispanic or Latino
24,33411.96 %
White alone
12,05649.54 %
Black or African American alone
4121.69 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
4071.67 %
Asian alone
670.28 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
220.09 %
Some Other Race alone
9,72639.97 %
Two or More races
1,6446.76 %

Median Age by Sex

Both sexes
34
Male
33
Female
34

Household Type

Total
81,369
Family households
47,49158.36 %
Husband-wife family
31,61466.57 %
Other family
15,87733.43 %
Male householder, no wife present
4,34827.39 %
Female householder, no husband present
11,52972.61 %
Nonfamily households
33,87841.64 %
Householder living alone
26,46978.13 %
Householder not living alone
7,40921.87 %

Geographical and Cultural Features and Landmarks in the Des Moines city - including Historical Features

Distance is calculated from the Des Moines city center coordinates

Distance limit:

Random list of Geographic Features located within the radius of 3 miles from the Des Moines city center

Bridge

  • Southwest Fifth Street Bridge [0.26 mi] [0.41 km]

Building

  • American Institute of Business Library [1.7 mi] [2.73 km]
  • Court Reporting / Continuing Education Classrooms [1.7 mi] [2.73 km]
  • Activities Center [1.7 mi] [2.73 km]
  • Wells Hall [1.7 mi] [2.73 km]
  • Academic Center [1.7 mi] [2.73 km]
  • Graceland Partnership Office [1.7 mi] [2.73 km]
  • Keith Fenton Administration Building [1.7 mi] [2.73 km]
  • Des Moines Fire and Rescue Department Station 6 [0.66 mi] [1.05 km]
  • Salisbury House [2.86 mi] [4.6 km]
  • Science Center of Iowa [3.3 mi] [5.31 km]
  • Olsen Medical Education Center [2.4 mi] [3.86 km]
  • Terrace Hill [1.8 mi] [2.89 km]
  • Academic Center [2.4 mi] [3.86 km]
  • Science and Education Building [2.4 mi] [3.86 km]
  • Des Moines University Clinic [2.4 mi] [3.86 km]
  • Physical Therapy Building [2.4 mi] [3.86 km]
  • Gym and Wellness Center [2.4 mi] [3.86 km]
  • Des Moines Fire and Rescue Department Station 1 [0.91 mi] [1.46 km]
  • Rock Island Railroad Depot [0.72 mi] [1.16 km]
  • Des Moines Fire and Rescue Department Training Facility [1.21 mi] [1.94 km]
  • Polk County Courthouse [0.81 mi] [1.3 km]

Church

  • Commerce Community Church [1.39 mi] [2.24 km]
  • Indianola Heights Evangelical Church [1.37 mi] [2.2 km]
  • First Unitarian Church [1.52 mi] [2.45 km]
  • Open Bible Standard Church [1.64 mi] [2.65 km]
  • Full Gospel Voice Church [0.7 mi] [1.12 km]
  • Southside Assembly Church [0.92 mi] [1.49 km]
  • Harvest Time Tabernacle Church [0.94 mi] [1.51 km]
  • Faith Harvest Tabernacle Church [0.95 mi] [1.53 km]
  • Fellowship Baptist Church [0.65 mi] [1.05 km]
  • Jordan United Methodist Church [0.4 mi] [0.65 km]
  • Saint Anthony's Church [0.12 mi] [0.2 km]
  • Bethany Open Bible Church [0.15 mi] [0.24 km]
  • East Side Church of the Nazarene [2.49 mi] [4.01 km]
  • Saint Catherine of Siena Church [2.79 mi] [4.49 km]
  • Bread of Life Church of God [2.62 mi] [4.22 km]
  • First Christian Methodist Episcopal Church [2.53 mi] [4.07 km]
  • Chesterfield Christian Church [2.53 mi] [4.08 km]
  • Guadalupe Chapel [0.88 mi] [1.41 km]
  • All Nation Church of God [1.25 mi] [2.01 km]
  • Calvary Grace Tabernacle Church [1.25 mi] [2.01 km]
  • Woodland Community Church [2.79 mi] [4.49 km]
  • King of Kings Church [1.33 mi] [2.14 km]
  • Des Moines Valley Friends Church [3.04 mi] [4.89 km]
  • Shiloh Baptist Church [1.19 mi] [1.91 km]
  • Believers Worship Church [2.87 mi] [4.61 km]
  • First Church of Christ Science [2.77 mi] [4.46 km]
  • Saint Augustin's Church [3.04 mi] [4.89 km]

Civil

  • City of Des Moines [0.03 mi] [0.05 km]

Dam

  • Scott Street Dam [0.49 mi] [0.79 km]

Forest

  • Denman Woods [2.44 mi] [3.93 km]

Hospital

  • Booth Hospital [1.18 mi] [1.9 km]
  • Broadlawns Medical Center [1.25 mi] [2.01 km]
  • University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Science Center [2.4 mi] [3.86 km]

Lake

  • Case Lake [2.76 mi] [4.44 km]
  • Grays Lake [1.15 mi] [1.86 km]

Locale

  • Kaleidoscope at the Hub [0.81 mi] [1.3 km]
  • West Brooke Shopping Center [2.83 mi] [4.55 km]

Park

  • Carney Park [2.47 mi] [3.98 km]
  • Mac Rae Park [0.68 mi] [1.1 km]
  • Soldiers Field [1.77 mi] [2.85 km]
  • Pioneer Park [1.43 mi] [2.31 km]
  • Stone Park [0.59 mi] [0.96 km]
  • Columbus Park [0.21 mi] [0.35 km]
  • Grays Lake Park [1.09 mi] [1.76 km]
  • Waterworks Park [1.69 mi] [2.72 km]
  • Hawthorn Park [1 mi] [1.61 km]
  • Riverside Park [0.42 mi] [0.67 km]
  • Ashworth Park [3.16 mi] [5.09 km]
  • Chesterfield Park [2.64 mi] [4.25 km]
  • Greenwood Park [3.39 mi] [5.46 km]

Populated Place

  • East Des Moines [3.33 mi] [5.36 km]

Post Office

  • Sevastapol Post Office (historical) [1.13 mi] [1.82 km]
  • East Des Moines Post Office (historical) [3.33 mi] [5.36 km]
  • Chesterfield Post Office (historical) [2.17 mi] [3.5 km]

School

  • River Woods Elementary School [2.35 mi] [3.78 km]
  • Howe Elementary School [1.25 mi] [2.01 km]
  • Open Bible College [1.7 mi] [2.74 km]
  • AIB College of Business [1.71 mi] [2.76 km]
  • Lincoln High School [0.98 mi] [1.57 km]
  • Washington School [0.26 mi] [0.42 km]
  • Saint Anthony Elementary School [0.09 mi] [0.15 km]
  • McKinley Elementary School [0.55 mi] [0.89 km]
  • Dunlap School [0.98 mi] [1.58 km]
  • Scott School [2.41 mi] [3.89 km]
  • Greenwood Elementary School [2.7 mi] [4.34 km]
  • Saint Augustin Catholic School [3.17 mi] [5.1 km]
  • Curtis School [0.81 mi] [1.31 km]
  • Gateway Secondary School [1.47 mi] [2.36 km]
  • Des Moines Central Campus High School [1.47 mi] [2.36 km]
  • Saint Joseph Academy [2.41 mi] [3.87 km]
  • Des Moines Central Campus Academy [1.46 mi] [2.34 km]
  • Merrill Middle School [3.86 mi] [6.21 km]
  • Downtown School [1.46 mi] [2.36 km]

Stream

  • Frink Creek [3.1 mi] [4.99 km]
  • Walnut Creek [3.1 mi] [4.99 km]
  • Raccoon River [0.45 mi] [0.72 km]

Tower

  • KRNT-AM (Des Moines) [2.24 mi] [3.6 km]
  • KDPS-FM (Des Moines) [1.44 mi] [2.31 km]

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Des MoinesEquitable Life Assurance50339
Des MoinesFirst Interstate Bank50396
Des MoinesHighland Park50313
Des MoinesHP50336
Des MoinesHp Enterprise Services50983, 50982
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Des MoinesHP-SC/YE50980, 50981
Des MoinesMarquisville50313
Des MoinesMidamerican Energy50335
Des MoinesNorwoodville50317
Des MoinesPleasant Hill50317
Des MoinesPrincipal Financial50392
Des MoinesRisingsun50317
Des MoinesSaydel50313
Des MoinesSaylorville50313
Des MoinesSouth Des Moines50321, 50320, 50315
Des MoinesState Of Iowa50319
Des MoinesUrbandale50395, 50391
Des MoinesUSPS BMC50395
Des MoinesVisa Mastercard50330
Des MoinesWells Fargo Mortgage50331, 50332, 50328, 50329, 50330
Pleasant HillDes Moines50327
UrbandaleDes Moines50398, 50323, 50322
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