Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the US state of Iowa.The City of Des Moines traces was in May 1843, by Captain James Allen.The city has a total area of 82.5 square miles (214 km2).
Several insurance companies are headquartered in Des Moines, including the Principal Financial Group, Marsh (formerly KVI), EMC Insurance Group, Allied Insurance (now part of Nationwide), Aviva, Holmes Murphy, and American Republic Insurance Company. Des Moines has been referred to as the "Hartford of the West". The Principal is one of two Fortune 500 companies having headquarters in Iowa.Being the focal point of financial and insurance services, other major corporations headquartered outside of Iowa have established a presence in the Des Moines Metro area, including Wells Fargo, ING Group, and Electronic Data Systems. The Meredith Corporation, a leading publishing and marketing company, is also based in Des Moines. Meredith publishes Better Homes and Gardens, one of the most widely circulated publications in the United States.