Civic Center of Greater Des Moines ranks 17th in ticket sales in the Jan. 11, 2010 edition of Pollstar magazine's annual list of the top 100 worldwide theater venues - ahead of other Midwestern venues including St. Louis' Fabulous Fox Theatre (#23), Chicago's Chicago Theatre (#28) and Minneapolis' Orpheum Theatre (#38)! (January)
The League of American Bicyclists ranks Iowa #6 in the nation for bike-friendliness.
In 2009, Iowa moved to #2 in wind energy among the 50 states, according to the American Wind Association. Iowa produces 2,883 megawatts of wind energy - enough to power roughly 670,000 homes.
Des Moines is the highest-rated Midwest city for small market vitality according to an America City Business Journals, Inc. study. Des Moines is ranked 22 out of 100 largest metropolitan areas nationwide.
Des Moines was recently ranked the #10 mid-sized metro with the best quality of life by BizJournals due to low traffic, strong homeownership and an educated workforce.
In April 2009, Forbes.com ranked Des Moines as the #3 most livable city. Cities on the list were chosen due to quality of life measures in the nation's largest continental U.S. metropolitan statistical areas, including income growth per household, cost of living, crime data, leisure index and annual unemployment statistics.
AmericanWay Magazine named the Downtown Farmers' Market a "Must-Visit Market" along with Union Square Market in New Your City, Portland, Oregon's Farmers' Market and Cincinnati, Ohio's Farmer's Market.
The Des Moines Metro economy was rated the 14th-strongest in the nation in the first quarter of 2009, based on factors like employment, wages, home prices and foreclosures, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution.
Forbes ranked Greater Des Moines as the 7th best place for Business and Careers. This ranking is based on multiple factors, including the cost of doing business, education, income, employment and housing indicators. This is the third year the region has been in Forbes Top 10.
Greater Des Moines was ranked 5th in Site Selection magazine's list of "Top Metros" for populations of 200,000 - 1 million. This ranking is based on new construction and expansion projects.
West Des Moines was ranked eighth in Business Week's "Best Affordable Suburbs" in the U.S., citing its low unemployment rate (3%), and violent crime index (21). The article also boasted of West Des Moines' highly-educated population and 16-minute average commutes.
A New York Times column titled "Demi in Des Moines?" by Maureen Dowd described Iowa as "flyover country that's starting high-flying trends" and suggested Iowa may be the new California. Dowd also suggested that "The Dream Factory is being left in the dust by the Field of Dreams."
Des Moines drivers rank 20th on America's Best Drivers Report. The list contains America's 200 largest cities in terms of car collision frequency.
Iowa rated 8th in the nation for economic growth in 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Iowa's gross domestic product increased 2.1 percent, boosted primarily by farming. Overall, gross domestic product for all 50 states grew just 0.7 percent last year, down from 2 percent growth in 2007.
Iowa ranked fifth in the nation for volunteer service. Des Moines was among the top 10 cities in the country based on volunteer rates, according to a report by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Iowa was the only state to have three cities in the top ten overall rankings. Des Moines was ranked 10th in the nation with a volunteer rate of 38.2%.
Iowa is one of the least expensive states to vacation in according to AAA Living. The average cost of lodging and meals is $169.81 compared to a national average of $243.53.
Greater Des Moines was ranked as the 4th best place for business and careers for the second year in a row byForbes.com.
Des Moines has the greatest number of parks per square mile according to Prevention Magazine.
The Civic Center of Greater Des Moines was ranked in the top 15 theaters in the world ahead of other Midwest theaters such as the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis and the Fabulous Fox Theater in St. Louis by Pollstar Magazine.
Iowa ranks #2 nationally in cost of doing business by the Milken Institute.
Greater Des Moines ranked 9th in Kiplinger's Personal Finance's top ten places to live.
Des Moines ranked as number one in the country of best cities for clean drinking water by Forbes.com.
Des Moines/West Des Moines is 5th in the category of best cities for relocating families ranked by the Worldwide ERC, the association for workforce mobility.
Greater Des Moines ranked 6th in Best Life Magazine's best places to raise a family ranking. This was featured on the Today show in May.
Family Circle Magazine named the city of Ankeny as one of the top 10 best towns for families in the United States.
The Des Moines Arts Festival was ranked 7th in the Art Fair Source Book's list of top 20 art fairs.
Prevention Magazine named Des Moines the number one walking city in Iowa.
Des Moines is the 4th happiest city in the country for women. SELF Magazine