Des Moines was ranked number one by Forbes for best cities for young professionals despite the current national economic status. Iowa was cited for it’s  high concentration for job opportunities and a median salary for employed college graduates between the ages of 24 and 34  at $47,200, which may be low compared to other cities but  living costs are 8% lower than the national average .

With business costs 16% below the national average, Des Moines has been attracting startups and companies relocating from the coasts, and a number of established companies in the area are expanding, like DuPont’s bioscience unit Pioneer Hybrid, which plans to hire an additional 500 employees over the next few years. As a result, Des Moines boasts a low 5.8% unemployment rate (sixth lowest of the 100 cities we studied) and healthy projected job growth rates of 0.97% in 2011 and 2.86% in 2012.

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