Des Moines Wins "Bests"
It's not surprising that about 90 percent of Grand View graduates stay in the Des Moines area each year. Here are some of the reasons:
#1 Wealthiest City in America, 2014
The Today Show: "Beverly Hills may be rich and chic and the Upper East Side of Manhattan may be rich and exclusive. But if you're looking for the city where regular folk can live a rich life, try Des Moines, Iowa. With strong financial services, publishing and insurance companies pumping money into Des Moines, the tech industry is also contributing."
#1 Metro for Economic Strength, 2014
Policom Corporation found that Des Moines' diversified economy, including finance, agriculture and manufacturing, has helped the metro build a strong economic core.
#2 America's Top 5 Under-the-Radar Tech Hubs, 2014
The Des Moines ecosystem for startups is very strong, according to Sparefoot. The primary strength comes from the large number of experienced mentors available and willing to help.
#1 in the Nation for Business and Careers, 2013
Forbes magazine ranked Des Moines as the best city in the U.S. for business and careers in 2013.
Second-Best City for Jobs, 2012
What are the best cities for jobs in the U.S.? Washington D.C. and Des Moines, according to Forbes magazine. Andrea Hauer, Des Moines economic development coordinator, said the Forbes list, released February 27, 2012, is particularly important because the ranked cities included Boston and New York.
According to Forbes, "relatively high household incomes and a low unemployment rate mean [the city] is primed to add good jobs that newcomers can fill. Moody’s Analytics, which compiled all the projections for this survey, estimates Des Moines-area employment will increase by 8.6% or 36,000 jobs to 461,000 by the end of 2016. Unemployment topped out at 6% in the depths of the recession and stands a little below that now, compared with 8.3% nationwide."
Best City for Young Professionals, Business and Careers, Wealth, 2011
The ranking continues a recent trend of publications praising Des Moines. Last year, Forbes listed Des Moines as the best place for young professionals and second best for businesses and careers. U.S. News & World Report also named it the richest metro in the nation, and Time magazine said it was the top city in the U.S. for home renters in 2011.
Best Place to Raise a Family
In 2007, Forbes named Des Moines as the top place to raise a family, because of education, commuting time, home ownership, household income and other factors.
Best Cities for the Next Decade
Also in 2007, Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine put Des Moines no. 7 on the list of "10 Best Cities for the Next Decade."
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