Recent Des Moines Area Rankings

One of the biggest national rankings the Des Moines area has received so far this year was actually right here in Dallas County. Dallas County, Iowa was named the 7th fastest growing county in the nation, and the fastest growing county in Iowa. Dallas County showed a five percent increase in population, according to U.S. census results.

Des Moines also received the following rankings:

  • #2 in “Best Cities for Jobs” – Forbes, March 2012
  • #10 in “Most Educated Young Workforce” – The Business Journals, May 2012
  • #2 in Strongest Local Economy – Tech Journal, June 2012
  • Des Moines – West Des Moines #2 in “Best Cities for Jobs this Summer” – Forbes, June 2012
  • #4 in “Best Places for Business and Careers” – Forbes, June 2012

All of these rankings show that the Des Moines area is growing rapidly and that the workforce and job market in the central Iowa is continuing to grow as well. The area is attracting young, educated professionals who want to take advantage of the jobs here, and the lower cost of living.


The Greater Dallas County Development Alliance is very pleased and excited to announce the expansion of communications efforts that are rolling out this summer. Our new logo and branding is the cornerstone of this new plan, and we feel that this new design represents the Alliance’s objective of sustainable growth.

In addition to our new look, the Alliance is launching a blog, in an effort to educate as well as inform our communities and members. There is always something going on in the GDCDA office, and we’d like to share that. The best way to stay informed is to subscribe to this blog or RSS feed, which you can do here. (Link) Another great way to stay in the loop would be subscribing to our newsletter, which comes out monthly.

We would love to hear any comments, suggestions, or questions from our readers. Please do not hesitate to leave a note on a post or contact us directly. The Alliance team is excited to begin this blog and have another opportunity to connect and share the great things that are happening in Dallas County, Iowa.


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