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:
#4 Best City for Young Adults to Get Rich, 2015
Money Under 30 ranked Des Moines fourth on the list of best cities for young adults to get rich, adding that "the metro area strikes a thoughtful balance between big-city bustle and small-town gentleness."
#4 Best Tech Cities to Start A Career, 2015
#2 Top 10 U.S. Cities to Land Work, 2015
#1 Best City for Young Professionals, 2014
Forbes magazine ranked Des Moines as the best city in the country for young professionals.
#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.#2 Best Farmer's Market in America, 2014
The Daily Meal ranked the Downtown Des Moines Farmer's Market the second best in the country out of 101.
#2 in the Nation for Business and Careers, 2014
Forbes magazine ranked Des Moines as the best city in the U.S. for business and careers in 2013.
#1 City with an Up-and-Coming Downtown, 2014
Fortune magazine points out a diverse mix of restaurants, start up companies and 80/35 Music Festival.
#4 America's Most LGBT-Friendly Cities, 2014
Huffington Post points out that Des Moines is also #3 in Most Out Politicians per capita.
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