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Growing Downtown

Best City to Live and Work

As a globally connected community with a skilled workforce and a nationally ranked business environment, there’s a reason Downtown Des Moines (DSM) is home to some of the world’s biggest and most dynamic brands. DSM is consistently named as a top place to live, work and do business from top sources including U.S. News & World Report, Forbes and Site Selection Magazine, to namedrop just a few. It continues to earn accolades as a pro-business region, among the best cities for young professionals and tops the list for affordability rankings. DSM is ranked the #1 place for young professionals to live (Forbes), a top 10 place for lowest cost of living (Apartment List) and a top 10 city in its population class for number of economic development projects (Site Selection Magazine).

The city offers an incredible business climate, unmatched incentives and an array of recent development projects. All of which have resulted in companies like Principal Financial Group, Wells Fargo & Co., Nationwide, Kum & Go, OpenLoop and Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa choosing the city for their home.

Doing Business in Downtown Des Moines

Review a complete list of the region’s major employers, or find a selection of non-government employers in Downtown Des Moines below: 

Learn more about the local workforce and Downtown Des Moines’ sites and buildings available for business development, growth and expansion.