As the capital of Iowa, Des Moines is the state's largest and most populous city. Because it is the center of commerce and economic activity in the state, Des Moines is home to a slew or large businesses and employers including Principal Financial Group, Fidelity & Guaranty Life, Wells Fargo, and United Parcel Service.
Meanwhile, Des Moines is also known for its cultural activity and its resident's love of art and theater. As home to the Des Moines Metro Opera, Des Moines Symphony, Wells Fargo Arena, and the Des Moines Art Center, the city has something to offer anyone who loves music, art, or entertainment.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, Des Moines is home to 10 institutions of higher education with a total enrollment of 10,974. Included on that list are large, public schools, community colleges and institutions that offer less-than-two-year degrees or certifications.
The American College of Hairstyling in Des Moines offers programs that help students prepare for careers in cosmetology and hairstyling. Only 20 students were enrolled in 2014, but each enjoyed a student-to-faculty ratio of just 7:1.
Des Moines University is an osteopathic medical center that offers doctoral and graduate degrees in various health care fields. The student population was 1,662 in 2014, and popular degrees included Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, and Master of Public Health, among others.
As a four-year, private school, Drake University offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees in a number of popular disciplines. Enrollment included 5,062 students in 2014, and popular degrees were in fields such as data analytics, computer science, English, physics, and public relations.
With a prime location in Des Moines, Grand View University offers the best in undergraduate and graduate higher education. Popular undergraduate degrees in 2014 were in fields like accounting, nursing, and education, and top graduate degrees were the school's Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and M.S. in Sports Management.
Mercy College of Health Sciences is a two-year school with a focus on preparing students for a wide range of health care careers. Enrollment included just 774 students in 2014, which meant that each enjoyed a student-to-faculty ratio of just 8:1. Popular degree programs were in fields like diagnostic medical sonography, medical assisting, nursing, surgical technology, radiologic technology, and clinical laboratory science.
Vatterott College is a two-year, private school that offers Associate's degree and certificate programs in a number of vocational and service-oriented career fields. Enrollment included 194 students in 2014, and popular programs were found in fields such as culinary arts, automotive technology, business, and technology.
As the state's capital, Des Moines is often considered the economic focal point of the state of Iowa. Key industries include insurance and financial services, logistics, bioscience, advanced manufacturing, and data centers. Median household income in Des Moines was $45,836 through 2013, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates. Meanwhile, the median housing value was just $118,200 in 2013, which is probably why 62.5 percent of Des Moines residents owned their homes.
Although Des Moines is Iowa's capital city, it was home to only 209,220 residents in 2014. Through 2013, 24.7 percent of the city's population held a Bachelor's degree and another 87.1 percent held a high school diploma. Meanwhile, only 11.1 percent of the Des Moines population was foreign-born that year, and just 17.2 percent spoke a language other than English at home.
Due to low operating costs for businesses and a highly educated workforce, Des Moines was named America's "Best Place for Business and Careers" by Forbes Magazine in 2013. And in 2015, Forbes listed Des Moines as #2 on a list of "Top Cities for Jobs."