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Forbes Names Des Moines No. 1 City For Young Professionals

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DES MOINES, Iowa – The City of Des Moines has been named the number one city for young professionals in the United States by Forbes Magazine.

The magazine looked at data from the top 100 largest metro areas in the United States. Unemployment rates, job growth projections, the number of businesses and the percentage of the population above the age of 25 with bachelor’s degrees were some of the factors examined in creating the list.

According to Forbes┬áthe median salary in Des Moines is $51,200, 34% of the population has a bachelor’s degree and unemployment is at 4.5┬ápercent.

Des Moines was also at the top of the list in 2011.



  • Hugo S LaVia

    And I just named Dumb Moines #1 c.rappy city to try to get a job in if you’re a middle-aged white guy with 30 years of award-winning, results-oriented copywriter experience.

    Not really — not “just” — it’s been this way for more than a decade.

  • Justin

    Let me fix that for you, should have been “Forbes Names Des Moines No. 1 City For Young Professionals to Leave After College” (Probably to texas) How in the hell can we be one of the highest income tax and property tax states in the nation, and be a #1 for “young professionals”. This is a load of BS – Most young people in Iowa work shitty dead end jobs for Wells Fargo, Principal, Allied or Marsh. Don’t buy into this if you’re thinking about moving to Des Moines – you will regret it.

  • Charlie

    Des Moines is a great place to live, raise a family and develop a career– I feel bad for people that think otherwise. You know, you can CHOOSE to be happy, right?

  • Mauricio

    How can you choose to be happy when you can’t find a job in a city that is not diverse and needs more industries other than financial, corn, or pigs (the other white meat)… ?
    The unemployment rate in Des Moines is low simply because they move out to a different state where the economy is stronger and has me to offer. But I encourage you to go and visit East Des Moines (E.14 th St. ) and see if you like it.

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