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Des Moines

Des Moines, French for "of the monks", is the capital city of Iowa. In 2009 it had an estimated population of 200,538.[1] As of August 2007, same sex marriage is legal within the city.[2]

In 2010 Forbes Magazine rated Des Moines first in the top 10 places to raise a family.[3]

The Life and TImes of the Thunderbolt Kid, Bill Bryson's memoir of growing up in Des Moines, was a 2006 bestseller.


  1. U.S. Census Bureau
  2. Iowa court rules same sex couples can marry
  3. Levy, Francesca. "America's Best Places to Raise a Family",, June 7, 2010. Retrieved on September 25, 2012.