Iowa Facts

Iowa Facts

Iowa is a U.S. state in the Midwestern United States, a region sometimes called the "American Heartland". See the fact file below for more information on Iowa.

Capital
Des Moines

Became a State
December 29,1846 (29th)

Location
midwestern United States

Area
56,272 sq. miles (26th)

Population
2,926,324 (30th)

Major Cities
Des Moines, Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Souix City

Products
hogs, corn, soybeans, oats, cattle, eggs, dairy products, ethanol

Climate
humid, continental climate, extremes of both hot and cold

Yearly Precipitation
averages 34 inches

Professional Sports Teams
no professional sports teams

Major Waterways
Mississippi River, Spirit Kale, West Okoboji Lake, East Okoboji Lake

Most Famous Citizens
Buffalo Bill (hunter, entertainer, Pony Express rider)
Johnny Carson (comedian)
Herbert Hoover (31st President of the United States)
John Wayne (actor)
Meredith Wilson (playwright and composer)

State Symbols
Bird – Eastern Goldfinch
Flower – Wild Prairie Rose
Tree – Oak