Iowa (IA)

Iowa State Sign

Quick Facts

Capital City: Des Moines

Abbreviation:  IA

Population (2019): 3,155,070; Rank: 31 of 50 | Population Quick Facts

Region:   Midwest

Admission to Statehood:   December 28, 1846 (29th State)

State Motto: “Our Liberties We Prize, and Our Rights We will Maintain”

State Nickname: Hawkeye State

Origin of State Name: The word “Iowa” comes form the American Indian tribe of the same name.

Area Codes: 319, 515, 563, 641, 712

Zip Codes:   Iowa Zip Codes


State Symbols

Bird:  Eastern Goldfinch | List of State Birds

Flag: Iowa Flag– Having three vertical stripes blue, white and red the Iowa flag resembles the flag of France. On the white stripe is a bald eagle carrying a blue streamer in its beak. The state motto “Our Liberties We Prize, and Our Rights We will Maintain” is written on the streamer. The name of the state is emblazoned in red letters. Flag adopted 1921. Get this Flag

Flower: Wild Prairie Rose (Rosa pratincola) | Other State Flowers

Soil: Tama

Song:  The Song of Iowa” | Words by: S.H.M. Byers | To the music of Tanenbaum  Other State Songs | Sheet Music

Tree:   Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa) | Other State Trees

Quarter:  Iowa Quarter – Details on the quarter are Schoolhouse, teacher and students planting a tree and the words “Foundation in Education” | List of State Quarters





Iowa on a US map

Area:  Area: 56,276 sq.mi (145,754, 26th
Land: 55,875 sq.mi. (144,716, 23rd
Water: 401 sq.mi. (1,039, 44th

Largest Cities:  Des Moines | Cedar Rapids | Sioux City | Waterloo | Iowa City | Council Bluffs | Ames | Dubuque | Ankeny

Border States:   Illinois | Minnesota | Missouri | Nebraska | South Dakota | Wisconsin | List of US Regions

Highest Point:  Hawkeye Point ; 1,670 feet, (509 m), 42nd tallest

Lowest Point:   Iowa; 320 feet, 34th lowest

Geographic Center:  Story, 5 mi northeast of Ames

National Parks:

Effigy Mounds National Monument
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail

Absolute Center: 41°57.7N / 93°23.1’W
Relative Center: Story, 5 mi northeast of Ames
Distance Between U.S. Cities


State Government

Governor:  Kim Reynolds (R)

Senators:  Chuck Grassley (R) Joni Ernst (R)

Representatives: Senate  House

Constitution:  Iowa’s Constitution

Electoral College Votes:  6 Votes



Agriculture: Hogs, corn, soybeans, oats, cattle, dairy products.

Industry: Food processing, machinery, electric equipment, chemical products, printing and publishing, primary metals.