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Iowa (/ˈwə/ (listen)) is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States, bordered by the Mississippi River to the east and the Missouri River and Big Sioux River to the west. It is bordered by six states: Wisconsin to the northeast, Illinois to the east and southeast, Missouri to the south, Nebraska to the west, South Dakota to the northwest, and Minnesota to the north.

During the 18th and early 19th centuries, Iowa was a part of French Louisiana and Spanish Louisiana; its state flag is patterned after the flag of France. After the Louisiana Purchase, people laid the foundation for an agriculture-based economy in the heart of the Corn Belt. In the latter half of the 20th century, Iowa's agricultural economy transitioned to a diversified economy of advanced manufacturing, processing, financial services, information technology, biotechnology, and green energy production.

Iowa is the 26th most extensive in total area and the 31st most populous of the 50 U.S. states, with a population of 3,190,369, according to the 2020 census. The state's capital, most populous city, and largest metropolitan area fully located within the state is Des Moines. A portion of the larger Omaha, Nebraska, metropolitan area extends into three counties of southwest Iowa. Iowa has been listed as one of the safest U.S. states in which to live. (Full article...)

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The University of Iowa men's wrestling program is one of the most successful athletic programs in NCAA Division I. The University of Iowa Hawkeyes are a member of the Big Ten Conference. Iowa is second in NCAA history with 24 National Championships and 6 National Runners-Up all of which have come since 1975. (Full article...)
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  • ... that Wickiup Hill has undocumented Native American burial grounds that are protected by Iowa law?
  • ... that social worker Mary Treglia died before the Mary J. Treglia Urban Renewal Project razed the neighborhood of immigrants in Sioux City, Iowa, whom she had helped?
  • ... that a 2020 study concluded that taco pizza is the favorite pizza of Iowa?
  • ... that African American Ivory Winston sang for President Harry S. Truman's birthday and was "Iowa's First Lady of Song"?
  • ... that Iowa radio station KFQC was said to change programming and ownership "almost as regularly as dental check-ups are recommended"?
  • ... that the August 2020 Midwest derecho destroyed millions of acres of Iowa corn and soybean crops in just 14 hours?

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Image 46Merchants' National Bank in Poweshiek County, designed by Louis Sullivan (from National Register of Historic Places listings in Iowa)
Merchants' National Bank in Poweshiek County, designed by Louis Sullivan (from National Register of Historic Places listings in Iowa)
Image 48Vice President Henry Wallace (from Iowa)
Vice President Henry Wallace (from Iowa)

State Facts

State of Iowa

  1. Abby Finkenauer (D)
  2. Dave Loebsack (D)
  3. Cindy Axne (D)
  4. Steve King (R)

State Symbols

State flag:
Flag of the State of Iowa
State seal:
Great Seal of the State of Iowa
State motto: Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain
State nickname: The Hawkeye State
State bird: Eastern Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)
State flower: Wild Prairie Rose (Rosa pratincola)
State grass: Bluebunch Wheatgrass (Pseudoroegneria spicata)
State tree: Oak (Quercus macrocarpa)
State rock: Geode
State soil: Tama
State song: The Song of Iowa
State tartan: Iowa State Tartan
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2004 U.S. quarter-dollar Iowa


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