This page contains a wealth of information on the state of Iowa. Please click on the type of the fact that you are interested in:
Geography & Demographics
||Total (Land + Water): 56,272 sq miles; Land Only: 55,869 sq miles|
|Number of Counties
||Central Time Zone|
||Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wisconsin|
|Highest Point||Hawkeye Point, 1,671 feet|
|State Population (2015)||3,123,899|
|State Population Density||55.9 people / square mile|
||319, 515, 563, 641, 712|
|Top 5 Cities (2010 population)
Des Moines (203,433)
Cedar Rapids (126,326)
Sioux City (82,684)
Government & Legislature
||Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain|
Popular Tourist Attractions
- Field of Dreams Movie Site: Field filmed in the movie "Field of Dreams" starring Kevin Costner, located in Dyersville, Iowa.
- Amana Colonies: National landmark that consists of seven villages formed by German Pietists, who maintained an almost completely self-sufficient local economy for 80 years, located in Amana, Iowa.
- Blank Park Zoo: Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa.
- Prairie Meadows: Casino in Altoona, Iowa.
- Adventureland: Amusement park in Des Moines, Iowa.
- Iowa Speedway: Car racing track in Newton, Iowa.
- Living History Farms: Open-air museum in Urbandale, Iowa.
- Des Moines Art Center: Art museum in Des Moines, Iowa.
- Ledges State Park: State park in Madrid, Iowa.
- Maquoketa Caves State Park: State park in Maquoketa, Iowa.
- Putnam Museum: History and natural science museum in Davenport, Iowa.
- Reiman Gardens: Garden in Ames, Iowa.
- Pikes Peak State Park: State park in McGregor, Iowa.
- American Gothic House: Museum and art center in Eldon, Iowa.
- Figge Art Museum: Art museum in Davenport, Iowa.
- High Trestle Trail: 25-mile recreational trail from Ankeny, Iowa, to Woodward, Iowa.
- Hoyt Sherman Place: Performing arts theater in Des Moines, Iowa.
- Grotto of the Redemption: Religious shrine in West Bend, Iowa.
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.
This page was last updated on December 13, 2016.