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'Today' names Des Moines the wealthiest American city

'TODAY' Names Des Moines Wealthiest American City

If you're looking to relocate somewhere new, you might want to listen up. 'Today' featured America's wealthiest city, and it's one you might not expect.

Yup, not Manhattan, Miami, or even Silicon Valley. It's Des Moines, Iowa.

In the past, the capital of Iowa has been declared the best place for business and careers by Forbes.
Kiplinger also called it the best city for families.

Back in 2011, U.S. News & World Report ranked Des Moines No. 1 among the richest metro areas. The capital of Iowa has the highest median income in the nation relative to the cost of living.

KCCI points out that the definition of rich depends on one's perspective.

Still, residents tell "Today' that living in a Midwestern city of only half a million people, is, well, priceless.

'Today' also reports that the cost of living in Des Moines is actually 10 percent lower than the national average.

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joynerz January 24 2014 at 10:53 PM

Well, it sounds like the place I would want to live and plan on frozen @$$ cold winters, blistering summers, and hoping to not be blown away by tornadoes. Other than that, it should be just fine.

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thompson.m joynerz January 25 2014 at 12:14 AM

Well can't argue about the weather.... I live here and hate the cold and heat but having been a Des Moines-er all my life, I have yet to see a tornado.

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English joynerz January 25 2014 at 11:31 AM

Blistering Summers, have you ever been there?

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kristy_lee4 English January 30 2014 at 10:52 AM

When it gets to 106 degrees with 90% humidity and stays that way for two weeks — that is a blistering summer.

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pipmassa January 24 2014 at 2:00 PM

Well Randy, we have Fox News on the Avenue of the Americas aka, Sixth Avenue....

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lee musick January 24 2014 at 1:57 PM

yaaaa des moines!!!!

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Randy January 24 2014 at 1:26 PM

Well... if the rocket surgeons of NBC and the Today Show make the declaration... why would anyone not believe them????? After all, they have such a "great track record" for honesty, balance and truth without inflicting their dementia in their "reports"! (cough, cough, gag, cough)

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pipmassa Randy January 24 2014 at 2:01 PM

Not everyone or everything in NYC is on the left. We have Fox News on Avenue of the Americas aka Sixth Avenue.

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Bud Foster Randy January 24 2014 at 2:09 PM

Hmmmm, rocket surgeons and brain scientists?

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duey35 January 24 2014 at 1:18 PM

NY will never be a major hub of wealth again. To many con artists.

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neutralslamm January 24 2014 at 8:29 PM

Too cold in there and not enough Star Bucks

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Hector Gonzalez January 24 2014 at 12:56 PM

Great place to live and raise your children! The only down side is the cold but otherwise Des Moines is a great city with great people.

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David S. Hector Gonzalez January 24 2014 at 1:11 PM

There's cold and then there's COLD. I have nothing against Des Moines, but I will stay in Florida.

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ministercbc January 24 2014 at 12:52 PM

Sometimes you get what you pay for1

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firelaw69 January 24 2014 at 12:43 PM

It's unfortunate that the story is illustrated with rural video clips. While Des Moines is surrounded by a rural environment one of the appealing aspects is that you can enjoy many offerings of a large city, just on a smaller scale.

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vanclaybor January 24 2014 at 11:54 AM

make fun! This is paradise! Rush hour is 20 minutes(30 minutes in the winter). Real estate is cheap. we have nice, trouble free schools. And people are nice here.

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envoyltd vanclaybor January 24 2014 at 12:42 PM

Well in New York City we get to spit on each other. Also we get to curse each other out and fight with everyone for fun. If nobody is around and we think we can get away with it we will shoot you too.

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