Welcome to Iowa

Iowa is a state in the Midwestern United States and in colonial times, Iowa was a part of Spanish Louisiana and French Louisiana.
The state flag of Iowa is patterned after the France flag “The Tricolour”.

Iowa´s nickname is “The Hawkeye State” since 1838, eight years before Iowa became a state. The nickname of Iowa was given as a tribute to the leader of the native American Sauk tribe, chief Black Hawk.
Iowa also has the nickname Corn State because the land is to 90 percent agriculture.

The capital city and also the largest city of Iowa is Des Moines.
Iowa has been listed as one of the safest states in the U.S.
Most of the Iowa consists of rolling hills and the state is generally not flat.

Iowa is bordered by Minnesota to the north, Illinois to the east, Missouri to the south, Nebraska to the west, Wisconsin to the north east, South Dakota to the northwest and Iowa is also bordered to the Mississippi River on the east and Missouri River and the Big Sioux River on the west. Iowa is the only state that entirely borders by rivers on both the east and the west side of the state.

Iowa has a humid continental climate and the temperature in the state is extreme to both hot and cold weather. The average temperature in Iowa is 50 °F (10 °C) annually and snowfall in the winter is common and the winter is often harsh.
The summers in Iowa are generally hot and humid.
In the capital city they have about half of the average precipitation falls from May through August.
Iowa also have thunderstorms for about 50 days a year.

The largest sector of Iowa´s economi is manufacturing in the major sectors as food processing, agricultural chemicals and heavy machinery. Agriculture has been a large part of Iowa´s economy.
The insurance and financial sector is also strong in Iowa.
In 2010 Iowa was ranked 1st when it came to the “Cost of Doing Business”.

The tourism in Iowa is growing every year and for the last years it has grown more than the average of the nation.
The tourism is vital for Iowa and it has a large economic impact on the state.
In Iowa you can visit “The Bridges of Madison County”Des Moines Art Center or the Capitol Building.
If you want to step back in time and history you must stay at the Historic Park Inn hotel in Mason city, Iowa.
The Historic Park Inn hotell was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and is now the last remaining hotel that he designed in the world.
Don´t forget to have a drink in the 1910 lounge or try your skills on the 100 year old billiards table.

Cities in Iowa

Location of Iowa

Quick facts about Iowa

  • Nickname: Hawkeye State
  • Capital city: Des Moines
  • Largest city: Des Moines
  • Area: 56 272 sq mi (145 746 km²) (ranked 26th of 50)
  • Population: Est, 3 134 693 (ranked 30 of 50)
  • Highest point: Hawkeye Point
  • Lowest point: Confluence of Mississippi River and Des Moines River
  • Latitude: 40° 23′ N to 43° 30′ N
  • Longitude: 90° 8′ W to 96° 38′ W
  • Bordering states: Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota

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