Kiplinger Magazine named Des Moines seventh in the 10 Best Cities for the Next Decade.

Des Moines was touted for it’s excellent work at luring back young Iowans and attracting  talent by developing its downtown and promoting the jobs available in the many industries that flourish throughout the city.

“There’s more to Des Moines than agricultural jobs. Employers include Principal Financial Group and Wells Fargo in insurance and finance, as well as Meredith Corp. in publishing.

Added to Des Moines’ long-standing attractions and events — its contemporary-art center, symphony orchestra, recreational trails, the downtown farmers market, arts festival and grand old Iowa State Fair — are newer, sometimes edgier, offerings. These include a world cup triathlon that lures both elite and everyday athletes; a 4.4-acre downtown sculpture park with 24 sculptures valued at some $40 million; and a summer music festival that draws popular bands, such as Spoon and Modest Mouse.”

The magazine selected the top 10 cities by focusing on places that specialize in out-of-the-box thinking, leaders in job creation as well as thriving art, cultural and recreational areas.

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