Iowa, US

Iowa: Midwestern state in the United States


Iowa is a state located in the Midwestern United States within the Great Plains region. It is bordered by Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Iowa is considered an agricultural powerhouse.

Some key facts about Iowa:

  • Capital: Des Moines
  • Population: Around 3.2 million
  • Area: 56,273 square miles
  • Nickname: The Hawkeye State

Iowa’s landscape consists of gently rolling plains and farmland, with the Missouri River and Mississippi River forming western borders. The state also contains larger cities along the rivers as well as small, rural towns. Iowa has a humid continental climate with four distinct seasons.

Agriculture plays a pivotal role in Iowa’s economy and culture. The state leads the nation in corn and soybean production as well as hog and egg farming. Other industries include manufacturing, insurance, and renewable energy.

Culturally, Iowa is rooted in its heartland heritage but also home to urban centers. The capital Des Moines serves as a business and cultural hub. The University of Iowa and Iowa State University are major research institutions.

Iowa has been a politically influential state, hosting the first presidential nominating caucuses. It was an early leader in civil rights and recognizing gay marriage. The state has a "first in the nation" caucus status.

In summary, Iowa exemplifies the agricultural tradition, heartland values, and political significance of America’s breadbasket states while also offering urban amenities. Iowa’s mix of rural charm and cosmopolitan assets make it a unique Midwestern destination.

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Location of Iowa

Quick Facts about Iowa

Population : 3,163,561
Country : United States of America
Head of government : Governor of Iowa
Area : 145746 km2
Water as percent of area : 0.74%
Land as percent of area : 99.26%
Easternmost point : Point(-96.639344 42.737176)
Northernmost point : Point(-96.453285 43.500349)
Legislative body : Iowa General Assembly
Named for : Iowa people
Official language : English
Altitude : 958 feet / 292 meters
Capital : Des Moines
Establishment : December 12, 1846 (177 years ago)
Time Zone : America/Chicago, UTC−06:00, Central Time Zone
Local time : 04:04:41 (26th February 2024)
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Iowa-StateSeal seal image


Iowa is located at 42°0'1"N 93°30'2"W (42.0002654, -93.5004916). It has 6 neighbors: Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin and South Dakota.

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The largest city of Iowa is Indiana with a population of 820,445. Other cities include, Des Moines population 212,312, Cedar Rapids population 134,027, Davenport population 101,799 and Sioux City population 82,651. See all Iowa cities & populated places.

Largest Cities in Iowa (more)

Cities, Towns, Villages, Neighborhoods & Other Populated Places in Iowa.

City Name Title County Population
Indiana A city located in the state of Iowa. Marion 820,445
Des Moines The capital of Iowa. Polk 212,312
Cedar Rapids The second most populous city in Iowa. Linn 134,027
Davenport The most populous city in Scott County, Iowa. Scott 101,799
Sioux City The second most populous city in Iowa. Woodbury 82,651
Iowa City The most populous city in Johnson County, Iowa. Johnson 75,130
Ankeny The most populous city in Polk County, Iowa. Polk 70,068
West Des Moines The most populous city in Dallas County, Iowa. Polk 69,057
Waterloo The most populous city in Black Hawk County, Iowa. Black Hawk 67,292
Ames The most populous city in Story County, Iowa. Story 67,033
Council Bluffs The most populous city in Pottawattamie County, Iowa. Pottawattamie 62,216
Dubuque The most populous city in Dubuque County, Iowa. Dubuque 57,781
Urbandale A city in Polk County, Iowa. Polk 44,650
Marion The county seat of Linn County, Iowa. Linn 40,780
Cedar Falls The largest city in Black Hawk County, Iowa. Black Hawk 40,231
Bettendorf City in Scott County, Iowa, United States Scott 36,665

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Iowa has 6 neighbours.

  • Missouri state of the United States of America
  • Illinois state of the United States of America
  • Minnesota state of the United States of America
  • Nebraska Nebraska, state of the United States of America. Nebraska is one of the fifty states that make up the United States of America alongside Washington DC. Lincoln and its most populated town, Omaha, are its capital. It is located in the country's midwest region, the Central Northwest division, bordering South Dakota on the north, the Missouri River on the east, separating it from Iowa and Missouri, Kansas on the south, Colorado on the southwest, and Wyoming on the west. It is the eighth least densely populated state, with 9.12 inhabitants / km², ahead of the least densely populated Idaho, New Mexico, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Alaska. On March 1, 1867, he was admitted to the Union as the 37th,
  • Wisconsin state of the United States of America
  • South Dakota state of the United States of America

  • Polk County
  • Audubon County
  • Muscatine County
  • Sac County
  • Greene County
  • Chickasaw County
  • Cass County
  • Clinton County
  • Butler County
  • Ida County
  • Webster County
  • Black Hawk County
  • Benton County
  • Hancock County
  • Calhoun County
  • Tama County
  • Lee County
  • Des Moines County
  • Guthrie County
  • Madison County
  • Poweshiek County
  • Decatur County
  • Lyon County
  • Ringgold County
  • Lucas County
  • Dubuque County
  • Hardin County
  • Story County
  • Monona County
  • Delaware County
  • Davis County
  • Winnebago County
  • Wayne County
  • Montgomery County
  • Floyd County
  • Emmet County
  • Humboldt County
  • Mahaska County
  • Warren County
  • Buena Vista County
  • Adair County
  • Wapello County
  • Howard County
  • Harrison County
  • Union County
  • Monroe County
  • Adams County
  • Winneshiek County
  • Woodbury County
  • Cerro Gordo County
  • Van Buren County
  • Scott County
  • Crawford County
  • Pocahontas County
  • Linn County
  • Appanoose County
  • Franklin County
  • Jones County
  • Clay County
  • Jackson County
  • Carroll County
  • Louisa County
  • Hamilton County
  • Palo Alto County
  • Marshall County
  • Plymouth County
  • Allamakee County
  • Mitchell County
  • Worth County
  • Buchanan County
  • Page County
  • Boone County
  • Cherokee County
  • Kossuth County
  • Marion County
  • Henry County
  • Jasper County
  • Osceola County
  • Cedar County
  • Jefferson County
  • Mills County
  • Dickinson County
  • Washington County
  • Sioux County
  • Shelby County
  • Taylor County
  • Clayton County
  • O'Brien County
  • Iowa County
  • Dallas County
  • Fayette County
  • Fremont County
  • Bremer County
  • Johnson County
  • Clarke County
  • Grundy County
  • Keokuk County
  • Pottawattamie County
  • Wright County


Year Population % Change Method
1910 2,224,771 - census
1920 2,404,021 7.46% census
1930 2,470,939 2.71% census
1940 2,538,268 2.65% census
1950 2,621,073 3.16% census
1960 2,757,537 4.95% census
1970 2,824,376 2.37% census
1980 2,913,808 3.07% census
1990 2,776,755 -4.94% census
2000 2,926,324 5.11% census
2010 3,046,355 3.94% census
2011 3,066,336 0.65% estimation process
2012 3,076,190 0.32% estimation process
2013 3,092,997 0.54% estimation process
2014 3,109,350 0.53% estimation process
2015 3,120,960 0.37% estimation process
2016 3,131,371 0.33% estimation process
2017 3,141,550 0.32% estimation process
2018 3,148,618 0.22% estimation process
2019 3,155,070 0.2% estimation process
2020 3,163,561 0.27% estimation process

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People born in Iowa (199)

People born in Iowa, including tractor developer John Froelich, Olympic wrestler Glen Brand, writer Marlo Morgan, .


  • A. Wallis Lloyd (German-American writer) he was born in 04/05/1962
  • Rex Taylor (screenwriter) he was born in 01/11/1889
  • Winton Hoch (cinematographer) he was born in 31/07/1905
  • Kiersten Warren (American actress) she was born in 04/11/1965
  • Sarah Utterback (American actress) she was born in 12/01/1982
  • Thomas Braden (American journalist) he was born in 22/02/1917
  • Marilyn Eastman (American actress) she was born in 17/12/1933
  • Carl Magee (American lawyer and publisher) he was born in 01/01/1872
  • Amotz Plessner (American composer) he was born in 20/12/1962
  • Paul McCracken (American economist) he was born in 29/12/1915
  • Eugene Burton Ely (American aviation pioneer) he was born in 21/10/1886
  • Edwin H. Colbert (American paleontologist) he was born in 28/09/1905
  • Archie Stout (American cinematographer) he was born in 30/03/1886
  • Lawrence Sullivan Ross (Governor of Texas, Confederate States of America general, Texas A&M University president (1838-1898)) he was born in 27/09/1838
  • Patty Waters (American jazz musician) she was born in 11/03/1946
  • Charles Edward Merriam (American political scientist) he was born in 15/11/1874
  • John H. Morehead (American politician (1861-1942)) he was born in 03/12/1861
  • Eddie Barefield (American musician) he was born in 12/12/1909

Other places with the same name (2)

  • Iowa , Louisiana town in Louisiana, United States with a population of 3,109 people.

Iowa Counties (more)

Polk County
Polk County

Polk County, county in Iowa, United States

Linn County
Linn County

Linn County, county in Oregon, United States

Scott County
Scott County

Scott County, county in Tennessee, United States

County Name Population
Polk County 494,281
Linn County 227,854
Scott County 173,216
Johnson County 153,740
Black Hawk County 130,786
Woodbury County 103,138
Story County 98,237
Dubuque County 97,590
Dallas County 96,963
Pottawattamie County 93,328
Warren County 52,265
Clinton County 46,392
Muscatine County 42,394
Cerro Gordo County 42,103
Marshall County 39,495
Des Moines County 38,708

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