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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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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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Hello Jade January 24 2014 at 2:24 PM

My father always told be believe half of what you see and none what your hear...the NEWS is edited now by the government...not like it used to be

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stanley t. January 24 2014 at 2:28 PM

hey yaw! git cold come to south carolina

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jjc920 stanley t. January 24 2014 at 3:42 PM

Its a beautiful State SC....but wouldn't it matter which part of Palmetto State ?

Hey, I'm cold in PA so anywhere in SC w/b greeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaat right now

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TaRAa L0VeSs YoU January 24 2014 at 10:10 AM

I forgot to add CORNHOLIO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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gggaloha January 24 2014 at 2:08 PM

Iowa, WOW ! you have got to be kidding

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l2d3b January 24 2014 at 4:05 PM

Probably because everyone works for a living ?

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Tarik Essalhi January 24 2014 at 4:38 PM

I think we should all just simply say: Congratulations, Des Moines!

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JE WA ZA WI January 24 2014 at 4:40 PM

Well, They do have a 15 minute rush hour on most afternoons and the city is not known for keeping their streets maintained .Pot holes are numerous ,but the auto body shops and the auto mechanics make a thriving living ,repairing fender benders and wheel alignments . Make sure you check their real estate taxes before buying .

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dmoth88 JE WA ZA WI January 24 2014 at 4:55 PM

Do you think we'll ever do away with real estate taxes? They are totally unfair. . and a horrible way to fund schools

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Eddy1911 dmoth88 January 24 2014 at 5:18 PM

Especially for people who do not have children~

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Lu Ann JE WA ZA WI January 24 2014 at 5:23 PM

A rush hour that lasts only 15 min, is a plus. In many cities it lasts well over an hour, if not two hours. Pot holes well, I've driven in many other cities and they all have pot holes. In Iowa there may be more damage done to vehicles due to the wildlife that you will hit even in cities. This winter during the Cedar Rapids deer hunt over 150 deer were taken. Of course yesterday the temp that was below zero even before you factored in the wind chill was bone chilling (I have previously broken an arm and a leg, and even inside I could feel the cold). It is a matter of choice what you can live with and what you can't.

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don.baum.don January 24 2014 at 4:59 PM


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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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