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Iowa (Listeni/ˈ.əwə/) is a U.S. state in the Midwastren Unitit States. It is mairchit bi sax states; Wisconsin tae the northeast, Illinois tae the east, Missouri tae the sooth, Nebraska tae the wast, Sooth Dakota tae the northwest, an Minnesota tae the north.

State o Iowa
Banner o Iowa State seal o Iowa
Banner Seal
Nickname(s): The Hawkeye State[1]
Motto(s): Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain.
Cairt o the Unitit States wi Iowa heichlichtit
Demonym Iowan
(an lairgest ceety)
Des Moines
Lairgest metro Des Moines metropolitan aurie
Aurie Ranked 26t
 • Tot {{{TotalAreaUS}}} sq mi
({{{TotalArea}}} km2)
 • Width 310 miles (500 km)
 • Lenth 199 miles (320 km)
 • % watter {{{PCWater}}}
 • Latitude 40° 23′ N tae 43° 30′ N
 • Longitude 90° 8′ W tae 96° 38′ W
Population Ranked 30t
 • Tot 3,123,899 (2015 est)<[2]
 • Density 54.8/sq mi  (21.2/km2)
Ranked 36t
 • Median hoosehauld income $48,075 (24t)
 • Heichest pynt Hawkeye Point[3][4]
1,671 ft (509 m)
 • Mean 1,100 ft  (340 m)
 • Lawest pynt Confluence o Mississippi River an Des Moines River[3][4]
480 ft (146 m)
Afore statehuid Iowa Territory
Admission to Union 28 Dizember 1846 (29t)
Govrenor Kim Reynolds (R)
Legislatur General Assembly
 • Upper hoose Senate
 • Lawer hoose House of Representatives
U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley (R)
Joni Ernst (R)
U.S. Hoose delegation 1: Rod Blum (R)
2: Dave Loebsack (D)
3: David Young (R)
4: Steve King (R) (leet)
Time zone Central: UTC -6/-5
ISO 3166 US-IA
Abbreviations IA,
Iowa state seembols
Flag of Iowa.svg
Ainimal an Plant insignia
Bird(s) Eastren goldfinch
Flouer(s) Wild rose
Grass Bluebunch wheatgrass
Tree Bur oak
Inanimate insignia
Motto Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain.
Rock Geode
Route merker(s)
Iowa Route Merker
State Quarter
Quarter of Iowa
Released in 2004
Leets o Unitit States state seembols

In colonial times, Iowa wis a pairt o French Louisiana an Spaingie Louisiana; its state banner is patterned efter the banner o Fraunce. Efter the Louisiana Purchase, fowk laid the foondation for an agricultur-based economy in the hert o the Corn Belt.[5]

In the latter hauf o the 20t century, Iowa's agricultural economy made the transeetion tae a diversifee'd economy o advanced manufacturin, processin, financial services, information technology, biotechnology, an green energy production.[6][7] Iowa is the 26t maist extensive in laund aurie an the 30t maist populous o the 50 U.S states. Its caipital an lairgest ceety bi population is Des Moines. Iowa has been listed as one of the safest states in which to live.[8] Its nickname is the Hawkeye State.


  1. "State Symbols". Iowa Department of Economic Development. Retrieved September 9, 2011. [deid airtin]
  2. "Table 1. Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for the United States, Regions, States, and Puerto Rico: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015" (CSV). U.S. Census Bureau. December 26, 2015. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Elevations and Distances in the United States". United States Geological Survey. 2001. Archived frae the oreeginal on November 2, 2011. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Elevation adjuistit tae North American Vertical Datum of 1988.
  5. Merry, Carl A. (1996). "The Historic Period". Office of the State Archeologist at the University of Iowa. Archived frae the oreeginal on June 4, 2009. Retrieved June 29, 2009. 
  6. "Major Industries in Iowa" (PDF). Iowa Department of Economic Development. Archived frae the oreeginal (PDF) on May 20, 2005. Retrieved June 29, 2009. 
  7. "Wind Energy in Iowa". Iowa Energy Center. Archived frae the oreeginal on June 21, 2009. Retrieved August 8, 2009. 
  8. "N.H. Receives Lowest Crime Ranking; Nevada Ranks as Worst State". Insurance Journal. Wells Publishing. March 25, 2009. Retrieved August 8, 2009. 

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