Facts about Iowa
The state of Iowa is located in the Midwestern United States, in the American Heartland region. Its neighbors include Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Nebraska. With 56,272 square miles, it is the 26th largest state in the United States. It is the 30th most populous state and the 36th most densely populated state. More than 13,000 years ago, American Indians first arrived in the area. Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet arrived via the Mississippi River in 1673, marking the beginning of European exploration. After years of fighting for control of the territory, Iowa was finally admitted to the Union in 1846.
Iowa gets its name from the Iowa River, which was named after the Ioway Indians.
Iowa is known as the ‘Hawkeye State.’
Des Moines is the state capital of Iowa. Iowa City was the state capital until 1857, when it was changed to Des Moines.
The state motto of Iowa is ‘Our Liberties We Prize, Our Rights We Will Protect.’
The ‘Song of Iowa’ is Iowa’s state song.
Iowa is made up of 99 counties, ten state forests, and 84 state parks or recreation areas.
Iowans are people who live in Iowa.
Iowa produces 10% of the food supply in the United States.
Iowa is the leading corn, soybean, and hog producer in the United States.
Herbert Clark Hoover, the former President of the United States, was born in West Branch, Iowa in 1874. From 1929 to 1933, he served as President of the United States.
The Iowa River, Cedar River, Missouri River, and Des Moines River are among the state’s major rivers.
Lake Red Rock is Iowa’s largest body of water.
Mrs. Dixie Gebhardt designed Iowa’s state flag in 1921.
The Eastern goldfinch is the state bird of Iowa.
Crinoid is its state fossil.
The oak is Iowa’s state tree.
The wild rose is Iowa’s state flower.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not named Burlington’s Snake Alley in Iowa the world’s most crooked street.
Strawberry Point, Iowa, is home to the world’s largest strawberry.
Crystal Lake, Iowa is home to the world’s largest bullhead fish statue.
Kalona, Iowa, is home to the largest Amish community west of the Mississippi.
Quaker Oats, headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is the world’s largest cereal company.
The Sergeant Floyd Monument, located in Sioux City, honors the only man who died during Lewis and Clark’s expedition.
Sabula, Iowa, is the only town in the state that is located on an island.
Marion Robert Morrison, the famous Hollywood actor John Wayne, was born in Winterset, Iowa, in 1907.
Winnebago County, Iowa is the home of Winnebago motor homes and campers.
Northern Iowa is home to some of the world’s largest wind turbine farms.
Iowa is home to approximately 6,100 financial and insurance firms.
Iowa is bounded by two navigable rivers, the Mississippi and Missouri.
Back in the 1930s, Iowa State University built the world’s first electronic computer.
Iowa has more golf courses per capita than any other state in the United States.