Iowa State Map, History, Population, Facts, Capitol, Flag

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Iowa was the 29th state in the USA; it became a state on December 28, 1846 .

State Abbreviation – IA
State Capital – Des Moines
Largest City – Des Moines
Area – 56,276 square miles [Iowa is the 26th biggest state in the USA]
Population – 3,090,416 (as of 2013) [Iowa is the 30th most populous state in the USA]
Name for Residents – Iowans
Major Industries – agriculture (corn, soybeans, hogs, pigs), food manufacturing, insurance

Presidential Birthplace – Herbert Clark Hoover was born in West Branch on August 10, 1874 (he was the 31st US President, serving from 1929 to 1933).


Major Rivers – Mississippi River, Des Moines River, Missouri River, Cedar River, Iowa River
Major Lakes – Lake Red Rock
Highest Point – Hawkeye Point in Osceola County in northwestern Iowa – 1,670 feet (509 m) above sea level
Lowest Point – Where the Mississippi River and Des Moines River meet; 480 feet (146 m) above sea level
Number of Counties – 99
Bordering States – Illinois, Nebraska, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota, Wisconsin

Origin of the Name Iowa – The name Iowa comes from Ioway, the French word for the Bah-kho-je Indian tribe that lived in the area.
State Nickname – Hawkeye State
State Motto – “Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain”
State Song – The Song of Iowa 

Iowa State Symbols and Emblems:

State FlagIowa’s official flag was adopted in 1921. The flag was designed by by Mrs. Dixie Gebhardt, of The Daughters of the American Revolution of Iowa.The flag has a red, white and blue background, like the French flag; this symbolizes the fact that Iowa became a part of the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase (this area had been part of France, but was sold to the USA in 1803). On the white central portion of the flag, a bald eagle holds a flowing ribbon that reads, “OUR LIBERTIES WE PRIZE, AND OUR RIGHTS WE WILL MAINTAIN.”

Animal Symbols:

State BirdEastern goldfinch
Also known as the Wild canary
State FossilCrinoid
(proposed)

Plant Symbols:

State FlowerWild rose State TreeOak

Earth Symbols:

State RockGeode State SoilTama
(unofficial)
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