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Des Moines, Iowa

Nickname(s): "DSM", "The 515", "DeMo", "City of Skywalks", "The Hartford of the West"
Location in the State of Iowa
Coordinates: 41°35′27″N 93°37′15″W / 41.59083°N 93.62083°W / 41.59083; -93.62083Coordinates: 41°35′27″N 93°37′15″W / 41.59083°N 93.62083°W / 41.59083; -93.62083
Country Flag of the United States.svg United States
State Flag of Iowa.svg Iowa
County Polk County
Founded 1843
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)
Population (2006)[1][2]
 • City 193,886
 • Density 1,012.0/km2 (2,621.3/sq mi)
 • Metro 534,230
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 515

Des Moines is the capital city of U.S. state of Iowa.

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.

The State Capitol of Iowa, featuring its golden dome.

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.