Des Moines Make List of Top 3 Best Cities to Start a Business

Des Moines

From the Des Moines Register

By Lillian Schrock

report released by Forbes Magazine today ranks Des Moines among the three best United States cities to start a business.

“Heading to massive urban sprawls may not be the greatest idea if you’re just getting started,” Forbes said. “If you are an entrepreneur ready to get into gear and set down roots, consider one of these metropolitan areas.”

The report, calling Des Moines “the Midwest’s darling,” says the city’s business costs are 17 percent lower than the national average. It also says the city has the highest concentration of financial services employment in the U.S.

The cherry on top: the cost of living in Iowa’s capital is 9 percent less than the national average.

Austin and Raleigh, N.C., make up the remainder of the list.

Des Moines also made and topped Forbes’ list of the best places for business and careers in August.

The Des Moines-West Des Moines area was ranked as one of the best places in the nation to find a job in August, according to a report from, an online job posting and resume aggregator.

Des Moines also ranked number three on a list released last month by the Kiplinger business information and research organization which listed the nation’s most affordable cities, which they call the “10 Best Cities for Cheapskates.”