Iowa Facts


Iowa Location In The US Iowa State Map

Iowa is known for:

  • Corn
  • Pork Production
  • Beautiful countryside and parks
  • Unpredictable Weather
  • Political Caucuses, as it holds the first caucus in every presidential primary election

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
Tallest Building 801 Grand in Des Moines, 630 feet
Largest StadiumKinnick Stadium in Iowa City, capacity 70,585
National ParksNone
State Population (2020)3,190,369
State Population Density57.1 people / square mile
Area Codes 319, 515, 563, 641, 712
Top 5 Cities (2020 population) Des Moines (212,312)
Cedar Rapids (134,027)
Davenport (101,799)
Sioux City (82,759)
Iowa City (76,608)

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
Same-Sex Marriage Legalization DateApril 24, 2009
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)

Table Tennis Clubs in Iowa

City Table Tennis Club
DavenportQuad-City Table Tennis Club

Popular Tourist Attractions

Festivals and Events

Top festivals and events in Iowa. They are listed in approximate order of when they take place during the year.

Festival / Event When Location
Pella Tulip Time Festival May Pella
Des Moines Arts Festival June Western Gateway Park, Des Moines
Ottumwa Pro Balloon Race June Ottumwa
National Czech & Slovak Festival Third full weekend in June Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival June to July Cedar Rapids
Lake Red Rock Balloonfest July Pella
National Balloon Classic Late July to early August National Balloon Classic Launch Field, Indianola
Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival July or August Davenport
DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival August Dubuque
Hoover's Hometown Days August West Branch
Iowa Irish Fest August Waterloo
Iowa State Fair August Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines
Quad City Balloon Festival August Davenport
Creston/Southwest Iowa Hot Air Balloon Days September Creston

Popular Iconic Iowa Foods

Iowa is famous for the following foods:

  • Loose Meat Sandwich (Maid Rite)
  • Breaded Pork Tenderloin
  • Iowa Sweet Corn
  • Scotcharoos
  • Steak de Burgo
  • Puppy Chow
  • Taco Pizza
  • Blue Bunny Ice Cream
  • Morel Mushrooms
  • Pork Chop on a Stick
  • Dutch Letters

Famous People Born In Iowa

Nobel Prize Winners

United States Presidents

  • Herbert Hoover (31st President)

Pro Football Hall Of Fame Members

  • Kurt Warner (Quarterback. Inducted in 2017)

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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