I'd say the city of Des Moines is very blue collar, its the suburbs that are white collar. Lots of manufacturing inside the city. Not as much as in the past.
When speaking "blue collar" vs "while collar" IMO most are referring to the types of employment you'll find in a city. Des Moines is definately dominated by white collar jobs. One only has to look at the 70, 000 that work downtown.
I often heard it expressed how fortunate Des Moines is to have long ago diversified its employment opportunies. Because of this, DM hasn't experienced some of the dramatic negative effects many midwestern cities have experienced as they lost their manufacturing jobs.
PARTS of Des Moines are blue collar, but some parts of town are very white collar. Obviously the suburbs are pretty white collar, but Sherman Hill, South of Grand, Beaverdale, and Waterbury are all pretty white collar neighborhoods. The east side and south side are definitely blue collar.
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