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Forbes Ranks Des Moines Highly, Again

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des _moines_skylineDES MOINES, Iowa – A national magazine has ranked Iowa’s capital as the second best place to do business.

Raleigh, N.C. topped the 2014 Forbes list. Des Moines was ranked number one last year.

Forbes highlighted the arrival of the recent multi-billion dollar Microsoft and Facebook data centers being built in the metro.

The magazine says business costs are 17 percent lower than the national average and the cost of living is six percent lower.

“The city’s $38 billion economy is projected to grow at a robust 4% annual rate over the next three years,” the article added.

Dubuque, Iowa City and Ames ranked eighth, 13th and 14th respectively in Forbes’ Best Small Places for Business list.


  • Troy Hendrickson

    Well duh, when they steal money from the tax payers and give it to the wealthiest companies to create a few jobs for the pretend elite, any business would love it. Des Moines is Iowa’s greatest welfare city.

  • William Denison

    Just a feel good piece that’s not only false but is done as a favor for failing city government. What city should get such a high ranking that treats its poorest citizens so low?

  • Guest

    How does Des Moines treat it’s poorest citizens lowly? I don’t pretend to know all the facts and am very curious to know what is being done that I have not heard more on. I do know that there are several organizations all over the city that are specifically designed to help the poorest citizens of Des Moines and the city itself has several programs available to those that are at or below 80% or 50% in some cases of the median income level. There are resources in Des Moines for those that need them and have the motivation to fill out an application… what else could they possibly do short of just giving things away?

  • William Denison

    How does Des Moines treat it’s poorest citizens lowly? Don’t ask me ask the folks who enjoyed fishing along the bike trail and those who live down by the river who are going to be forced to move from their huts and tents ….just sayin.
    I wouldn’t live in your city if you paid me.

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