Des Moines, French for "of the monks", is the capital city of Iowa. In 2009 it had an estimated population of 200,538. As of August 2007, same sex marriage is legal within the city.
In 2010 Forbes Magazine rated Des Moines first in the top 10 places to raise a family.
The Life and TImes of the Thunderbolt Kid, Bill Bryson's memoir of growing up in Des Moines, was a 2006 bestseller.
- ↑ U.S. Census Bureau
- ↑ Iowa court rules same sex couples can marry
- ↑ Levy, Francesca. "America's Best Places to Raise a Family", Forbes.com, June 7, 2010. Retrieved on September 25, 2012.