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.
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Des Moines

Became a State
December 29,1846 (29th)

midwestern United States

56,272 sq. miles (26th)

2,926,324 (30th)

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

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

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