Best Places to Live

Des Moines, IA

Population: 229,062
Courtesy of Confluence Brewing Company

The capital of Iowa is Des Moines, the No. 1 city in America for insurance companies. Drake University and its 5,000 students are also in Des Moines, and the city hosts the first caucuses of the U.S. presidential primaries every four years. The microbrew industry is taking hold with a half-dozen places conducting business, including Confluence Brewing Co. that offers our pick, Des Moines IPA.