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Geography & Demographics

State Abbreviation IA
State Capital Des Moines
State Size Total (Land + Water): 56,272 sq miles; Land Only: 55,869 sq miles
Number of Counties 99
Time Zone Central Time Zone
Bordering States Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wisconsin
Highest PointHawkeye Point, 1,671 feet
National ParksNone
State Population (2015)3,123,899
State Population Density55.9 people / square mile
Area Codes 319, 515, 563, 641, 712
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Des Moines (203,433)
Cedar Rapids (126,326)
Davenport (99,685)
Sioux City (82,684)
Waterloo (68,406)

Government & Legislature

Statehood December 28, 1846
Electoral Votes6
State Flag Iowa State Flag
GovernorOfficial Iowa Governor Website
U. S. SenatorsList of U. S. Senators From Iowa
U. S. RepresentativesList of U. S. Representatives From Iowa
State SenatorsList of Iowa State Senators
State RepresentativesList of Iowa State Representatives
State GovernmentOfficial Site
State ConstitutionIowa State Constitution
Road ConditionsIowa Road Conditions
State Quarter Issue Date August 30, 2004

State Symbols

State Bird Eastern goldfinch
State Flower Wild rose
State Motto Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain
State Nickname Hawkeye State
State RockGeode
State Tree Bur oak

Sports Teams

Major Sports Teams None
NCAA Division I Schools Drake University (Missouri Valley)
University of Iowa (Big Ten)
Iowa State University (Big 12)
University of Northern Iowa (Missouri Valley)


State Gas Tax$0.3200 / Gallon
State Cigarette Tax$1.36 / Pack

Popular Tourist Attractions

Famous People Born In Iowa

Nobel Prize Winners

  • Norman Borlaug (Peace, 1970)
  • Edwin G. Krebs (Physiology or Medicine, 1992)
  • Stanley B. Prusiner (Physiology or Medicine, 1997)
  • Alan Heeger (Chemistry, 2000)

United States Presidents

  • Herbert Hoover (31st President)

Baseball Hall Of Fame Players

  • Cap Anson (First Baseman. Inducted in 1939)
  • Fred Clarke (Left Fielder. Inducted in 1945)
  • Dazzy Vance (Pitcher. Inducted in 1955)
  • Bob Feller (Pitcher. Inducted in 1962)
  • Red Faber (Pitcher. Inducted in 1964)
  • Dave Bancroft (Shortstop. Inducted in 1971)

Famous Actors And Actresses

  • Cloris Leachman
  • Michelle Monaghan
  • John Wayne

Iowa Fun Facts

  • Iowa derives its name from the Ioway people, one of the Native American tribes that made the region their home.
  • Iowa is the only state in the Unites States whose eastern and western borders are formed entirely by rivers.
  • Iowa is the only state in the United States that has two vowels as the first two letters of its name and has two vowels as its state abbreviation (IA).
  • Iowa is called "The Hawkeye State" to honor Indian Chief Black Hawk.
  • Iowan Arabella Mansfield the first female lawyer in the United States. She was admitted to the Iowa bar in 1869.
  • Iowa is the largest producer of ethanol among all the states in the United States. Not surprisingly, Iowa is also the largest producer of corn among all U.S. states.
  • The novel and movie “The Bridges of Madison County” was set in Madison County, Iowa.
  • Iowa State University is the oldest land grant college in the United States.
  • In Iowa, ministers must obtain a permit to carry their liquor across state lines.

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