QUICK FACTS ABOUT IOWA
Information provided by the Department of Economic Development
The estimated population of Iowa is 2,830,000. Among the 50 states, Iowa ranks 30th in population and 23rd in land area.
The word "Iowa" comes form the American Indian tribe of the same name.
Iowa became the 29th state on December 28, 1846.
Iowa is the only state bordered by two navigable rivers; the Missouri River to the west and the Mississippi River to the east.
The capital of Iowa is Des Moines.
Iowa's nickname is the Hawkeye state.
Iowa has 3 state universities: Iowa StateUniversity, University of Iowa, and University of Northern Iowa.
Iowa ranks first in beef, pork, corn, soybean and grain production.
One Iowa family farm grows enough food and fiber to feed 279 people.
The world's first electronic digital computer was built and operated by researchers at Iowa State University in the 1930's.
The largest source of personal income for Iowans is manufacturing.
Iowa students' ACT and SAT scores rank among the top five states.
The high school graduation rate is 88%; 17% above the national average.
Iowa's sales tax rate is 5%.
The median cost of a home is 36% lower than the average price of a house nationwide.
Sergeant Charles Floyd, the only person to die during Lewis and Clark's historic journey, is buried in Sioux City.
Iowa has more golf courses per capita, than any other state.
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Farm Statistics - 1998
Personal Income of Iowans (1998)
Largest Cities (07-01-99)
Transportation Statistics (Jan,1997)