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  Iowa - The Hawkye State!

[Iowa counites map]

[Seal of Iowa]

Iowa became the 29th state on December 28, 1846.

State Banner and Motto

Dixie Cornell Gebhardt of Knoxville, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, designed the Iowa banner in 1917, and it was officially adopted in 1921.  The eagle carries the state motto: "Our liberties we prize, our rights we will maintain."

The Great Seal of the State of Iowa
[Great Seal of Iowa]

The Great Seal of Iowa pictures a citizen soldier standing in a wheat field surrounded by farming and industrial tools, with the Mississippi River in the background.  An eagle overhead bears the state motto.

State Flower
Wild Rose - the flower blooms in shades of pink and was chosen as an Iowa symbol in 1897 because it decorated the silver service Iowans presented that year to the battleship USS Iowa.

State Bird
Eastern Goldfinch - the lithe, little "yellow carary" is plentiful in Iowa, often staying through the winter.

State Tree
Oak - abundant and beautiful, the oak is prized for its contributions to wildlife ecosystems.

State Rock
Geode - a rare and beautiful rock, geode means "earthlike."  When broken open, a sparkling lining of mineral crystals is revealed.

The 2002 estimated population of Iowa is 2,936,760. 

Largest cities:

Des Moines: 193,422 (state capital)[Iowa Capitol Building]
Cedar Rapids: 113,482
Davenport: 97,010
Sioux City; 83,791
Waterloo: 65,022
Iowa City: 60,923
Dubuque; 57,312
Council Bluffs: 55,569
Ames: 47,698
Cedar Falls: 34,884

In the United States, Iowa ranks:
First in beef and pork production
First in corn production
First in soybean production
First in grain production

Iowa-educated youth have led the nation in SAT and ACT scores for the past two decades. Iowa has three state universities, 62 public and private colleges and 15 community colleges on 28 campuses.

Geography and Climate
Iowa is centrally located in the heart of North America, a welcoming place to stop and visit. With the Missouri River to the west and the Mississippi to the east, Iowa is the only state bordered by two navigable rivers.
Iowa's four distinct seasons provide a wide range of temperature variation through the year - a perfect place to celebrate summertime sunshine and winter wonders!

The largest source of personal income for Iowans is manufacturing, followed by services, retail/wholesale trade and government. Twenty-four percent of America's pork and four percent of the nation's grain-fed beef are raised in Iowa. Iowa ranks first in the nation in grain harvested

Producing food, fuel, clothing and medicine for the world, agriculture is a leading industry in Iowa, a state with more than 100,000 farms. One Iowa farm family grows enough food and fiber to feed 279 people, one-fourth of whom live overseas.


Iowa Travel Answers

[Iowa Come be our Guest logo]
Contact any of the following organizations and agencies for more information on how to make your travel in Iowa a happy adventure!

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Western Iowa Tourism Region

Central Iowa Tourism Region

Association of County Conservation Boards

Eastern Iowa Tourism Region

Humanities Iowa

Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Council

Silos and Smokestacks

Iowa State Fair - 
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You might want to explore the newly redesigned White House website at for information about Iowa available from the federal government.