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Iowa

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Location of Iowa State


Capital: Des Moines

Population: 3,074,186 (Source: 2012 U.S. Census)

Major Cities: Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Sioux City, Waterloo

Borders: Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota

Gross Domestic Product (GDP): $152,436 million (2012 U.S. Department of Commerce)

Key Industries:
Agriculture including corn, soybeans, hogs, oats, cattle, and dairy products
Heavy machinery, food processing, chemicals, banking, finance, and biotechnology

How Iowa got its name: The name comes from the Ioway, one of the Native American tribes that lived in the region.

Atlas of Iowa State
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Iowa State Symbols

State Nickname: Hawkeye State

State Slogan: Life Changing; Fields of Opportunity

State Motto: Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain

State flower: Wild Prairie Rose

State bird: Eastern Goldfinch aka American Goldfinch

State fish: Channel catfish

State tree: Oak

State mammal: NA

State foods: Corn

Becoming a State

Date admitted: Monday, December 28, 1846

Number admitted: 29

Prior Name: Iowa Territory

Postal Abbreviation: IA

Iowa State Map


The Geography of Iowa

Total Size: 55,869 sq. miles (source: 2003 Census)

Geographical Low Point: Mississippi River at 480 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Lee (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Geographical High Point: Hawkeye Point at 1,670 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Osceola (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Central Point: Located in Story County approx. 5 miles northeast of Ames (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Counties: 99 (source: National Association of Counties)

Bodies of Water: Mississippi River, Missouri River, Des Moines River, Cedar River, Spirit Lake, West Okoboji Lake, Saylorville Lake, Lake Red Rock

Famous People

Fun Facts

Professional Sports Teams

There are no major professional sports teams in Iowa.

Geography >> US States>> Iowa History

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