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Des Moines, Iowa
Location in the State of Iowa
|Incorporated||September 22 1851|
|• Mayor||Frank Cownie|
|• City||200.1 km2 (77.2 sq mi)|
|• Land||196.3 km2 (75.8 sq mi)|
|• Water||3.8 km2 (1.5 sq mi)|
|Elevation||291 m (955 ft)|
|• Density||1,012.0/km2 (2,621.3/sq mi)|
Des Moines was started in 1843 where the Raccoon River and Des Moines River meet. Des Moines became the capital of Iowa in 1857.
Today, Des Moines is the largest city in Iowa with a population of 194,163 as of 2005.
Des Moines has many insurance companies in the city. It is also the location of the Iowa State Fair that happens every year.
The band Slipknot is from Des Moines.
- Iowa Data Center. "Population Estimates and Rankings for Population, Numerical Change, and Percent Change for Iowa's Incorporated Places: 2000-2006". http://data.iowadatacenter.org/datatables/PlacesAll/plestpopranking20002006.pdf. Retrieved 2007-06-28.
- Iowa Data Center. "Population Estimates and Numeric and Percent Change for Iowa's Metropolitan Areas (2003 definition): 2000-2006" (PDF). http://data.iowadatacenter.org/datatables/MetroArea/metroestpop20002006.pdf. Retrieved 2007-04-06.