Des Moines (pronounced "de Moyne") is the capital city of the State of Iowa, founded in 1846. It is the county seat of Polk County. According to the 2000 census, the population of the city is 198,682.
Des Moines is located in the south central part of the state. The Des Moines River and Raccoon River meet just south of the downtown and serve as the city's primary water supply.
Many insurance companies are headquartered in Des Moines, including Equitable of Iowa, Allied Insurance, and American Republic Insurance Company.
The capitol building is one of only a few U.S. state capitol buildings with a genuine gold-covered dome.
Downtown Des Moines features a 3.5 mile-long (5.6 km) skywalk system, allowing people to travel between buildings without going out of doors.
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