Des Moines, Iowa

city in and county seat of Polk County, Iowa, United States, and Iowa federated state capital city

Des Moines is a city in Iowa. It is the capital city of Iowa. The city had a population of 214,133 in the 2020 United States Census.[6] It is the home of the Des Moines Art Center, a regional art museum, and the Pappajohn Sculpture Park, an outdoor sculpture garden.

Des Moines
The skyline of Downtown Des Moines
The skyline of Downtown Des Moines
Flag of Des Moines
Official seal of Des Moines
"Hartford of the West"[1][2]
Location within Iowa
Des Moines is located in Iowa
Des Moines
Des Moines
Location in Iowa
Des Moines is located in the United States
Des Moines
Des Moines
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 41°35′27″N 93°37′15″W / 41.59083°N 93.62083°W / 41.59083; -93.62083
CountryUnited States
CountiesPolk, Warren
Founded1843; 181 years ago (1843)
IncorporatedSeptember 22, 1851; 172 years ago (1851-09-22)
 • TypeCouncil–manager[3]
 • MayorFrank Cownie (D)
 • U.S. CongressZach Nunn (R)
 • State capital city90.70 sq mi (234.92 km2)
 • Land88.18 sq mi (228.38 km2)
 • Water2.52 sq mi (6.54 km2)
Elevation873 ft (266 m)
 • State capital city214,133
 • RankUS: 105th
IA: 1st
 • Density2,428.39/sq mi (937.60/km2)
 • Urban
542,486 (US: 78th)
 • Urban density2,413.8/sq mi (932.0/km2)
 • Metro
699,292 (US: 83rd)
 • CSA
846,068 (US: 64th)
Time zoneUTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP Codes
Area code515
FIPS code19-21000
GNIS feature ID465961

References change

  1. Shankle, George Earlie (1955). American nicknames; their origin and significance. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company. pp. 123. ISBN 978-0-82420-004-6. Des Moines was nicknamed the Hartford of the West because like Hartford, Conn., it is an insurance center.
  2. Neal R. Peirce (1973), The Great Plains States of America: People, Politics, and Power in the Nine Great Plains States Archived May 1, 2019, at the Wayback Machine, W. W. Norton & Company, ISBN 0-393-05349-0, page 106
  3. "City Manager's Office". City of Des Moines – City Manager's Office. Archived from the original on November 4, 2009. Retrieved December 10, 2009.
  4. "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 16, 2022.
  5. "Geographic Names Information System". Retrieved 2023-05-05.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Des Moines city, Iowa". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 10, 2023.
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