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Des Moines top 5 in Forbes' “Best Places for Business and Careers”

November 8, 2017

Des Moines top 5 in Forbes' “Best Places for Business and Careers”

Iowa’s capital and largest city is ranked fifth in Forbes’ 19th annual ranking of “Best Places for Business and Careers.” Des Moines performed especially well for its business costs, which Forbes says are 15 percent below the national average.

This ranking compares the 200 largest metropolitan statistical areas and divisions in the U.S. on 14 metrics relating to job growth, business and living costs, income growth, educational attainment, projected economic growth, net migration patterns, cultural and recreational opportunities and highly ranked colleges in the area. Forbes places the most weight on business costs and educational attainment.

This is the latest in a number of recent recognitions for Iowa’s quality of life. Check them out below:



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