Des Moines County, Iowa

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Des Moines County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of 2000, the population was 42,351. Its county seat is Burlington.[1] The county is part of the Burlington, IA–IL Micropolitan Statistical Area. It is one of Iowa's two original counties along with Dubuque County; both were organized by the Michigan Territorial legislature in 1834.

Des Moines County should not be confused with the city of Des Moines, which is the capital of Iowa. Des Moines County sits on Iowa's eastern border alongside the Mississippi River. The city of Des Moines is in Polk County in south-central Iowa.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 430 square miles (1,113.7 km2), of which 416 square miles (1,077.4 km2) is land and 14 square miles (36.3 km2) (3.18%) is water.

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Des Moines County was formed on October 1, 1834. It was named after the Des Moines River. [2]

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