State Abbreviation IA
State Capital Des Moines
State Size Total (Land + Water): 56,272 sq miles; Land Only: 55,869 sq miles
Number of Counties 99
Time Zone Central Time Zone
Bordering States Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wisconsin
Highest Point Hawkeye Point, 1,671 feet
National Parks None
State Population (2015) 3,123,899
State Population Density 55.9 people / square mile
Area Codes 319, 515, 563, 641, 712
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Des Moines (203,433)
Cedar Rapids (126,326)
Sioux City (82,684)
State Bird Eastern goldfinch
State Flower Wild rose
State Motto Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain
State Nickname Hawkeye State
State Rock Geode
State Tree Bur oak
•Iowa derives its name from the Ioway people, one of the Native American tribes that made the region their home.
•Iowa is the only state in the Unites States whose eastern and western borders are formed entirely by rivers.
•Iowa is the only state in the United States that has two vowels as the first two letters of its name and has two vowels as its state abbreviation (IA).
•Iowa is called "The Hawkeye State" to honor Indian Chief Black Hawk.
•Iowan Arabella Mansfield was the first female lawyer in the United States. She was admitted to the Iowa bar in 1869.
•Iowa is the largest producer of ethanol among all the states in the United States. Not surprisingly, Iowa is also the largest producer of corn among all U.S. states.
•The novel and movie “The Bridges of Madison County” was set in Madison County, Iowa.
•Iowa State University is the oldest land grant college in the United States.
•In Iowa, ministers must obtain a permit to carry their liquor across state lines.
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