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Recent Accolades

Greater Des Moines (DSM) is experiencing a wave of momentum. National publications are recognizing that momentum in the form of top rankings.

Download a printable list of the region's recent rankings and awards.

Most Recent DSM USA Rankings

#8 Best U.S. City for Work-Life Balance — GOBankingRates, 2019
One of 3 Cities Bucking the Tide of Midwest Talent & Population Loss — Site Selection, 2019
#1 Metro for Millenials to Buy Homes — Grow Magazine, 2019
#3 Top Market for Opportunity Employment Share — Site Selection, 2019
#2 Top City for Young Home Buyers — Clever Real Estate, 2019
#7 Hot Spot for Data Science Jobs — Burning Glass, 2019
#6 Best Places to Work in Tech — SmartAsset, 2019
#7 Best City for Living the American Dream — SmartAsset, 2019
#5 Best Place to Live in the U.S. — U.S. News & World Report, 2019
#3 Best Affordable Place to Live in the U.S. — U.S. News & World Report, 2019
#3 Metro for Number of Economic Development Projects Among Metros with a Population of 200,000 – 1 Million — SiteSelection, 2019
Top 10 Best State Capital to Live in — WalletHub, 2019
Top 7 Most Recession-Proof City in the U.S. — Livability, 2019
#7 Best Place for Business and Careers — Forbes, 2018
#4 Top City With a Low Cost of Living and High Quality of Life — BadCredit.org, 2018 
#8 Best City to Find Small Business Jobs — ZipRecruiter, 2018 
#1 Most Popular City for Millennial Homebuyers — Lending Tree, 2018 
Top 10 Most-Artistic Medium-Sized City — Expedia, 2018 
#8 Best Job Market — ZipRecruiter, 2018
One of 5 Up-and-Coming Tech Hotspots — Livability, 2018
One of 12 Surprisingly Great Places to Retire in the Midwest — Kiplinger, 2018
World Festival and Event City — International Festivals and Events Association, 2017
#7 Place Where Jobs Will Be in 2018 — Forbes, 2017
#5 Best Place for Business and Careers — Forbes, 2017
#9 Best City for Quality of Life — NerdWallet, 2017
#1 Minor League Sports Market — SportsBusiness Journal, 2017
#6 Best Place to Be a Teacher — SmartAsset, 2017
#4 Top City for Real Estate in the Midwest — PwC, 2017
#10 Best City for Tech Workers — SmartAsset, 2017
#1 Best Place for Millennials to Live in the Midwest — Growella, 2017
#4 Best Place for Children — SmartAsset, 2017 
#5 Best City for Successful Aging — Milken Institute, 2017
Top 25 Community for Well-Being — Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, 2017
#3 Best Place to Live with a Low Cost of Living — Business Insider, 2017
#7 Most Charitable City — CNBC, 2017
#9 Best City to Get Out of Credit Card Debt — SmartAsset, 2017
One of 15 of America's Most Incredible Farmers' Markets — Mental Floss, 2016
#8 Best City for Book Lovers — SmartAsset, 2016
One of 10 Underrated Cities for Art Lovers — U.S. News & World Report, 2016
#9 Best Place to Start a Business — CNBC, 2016