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|State nickname: The Hawkeye State|
|Other U.S. States|
|Largest city||Des Moines|
|Area||145,743 km² (26th)|
|- Land||144,701 km²|
|- Water||1,042 km² (0.71%)|
|- Population||2,926,324 (30th)|
|- Density||20.22 /km² (33rd)|
|Admission into Union|
|- Date||Dec 28, 1846|
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/DST-5|
|Latitude||40?36'N to 43?30'N|
|Longitude||89?5'W to 96?31'W|
|- Highest||509 m|
|- Mean||335 m|
|- Lowest||146 m|
|- ISO 3166-2||US-IA|
Iowa is the 29th state of the United States, having joined the union on December 28, 1846. The official name of the state is "State of Iowa", and the U.S. Post Office abbreviation for the state is IA.
- Main article: History of Iowa.
- French explorers Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette are believed to be the first Europeans to visit Iowa. They described Iowa as lush, green, and fertile.
- Iowa has been home to approximately 17 different tribes. Today, only the Mesquaki tribe is left in Iowa and live in Tama County.
- The first white settlers officially moved to Iowa in June 1833. Primarily, they were families from Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana, Kentucky, and Virginia.
- Iowa became the 29th state in the union on December 28, 1846.
- The Chicago and Northwestern railroad reached Council Bluffs in 1867. Council Bluffs was designated the eastern terminus for the Union Pacific railroad. The completion of five major railroads across Iowa brough major economic changes as well as travel opportunities.
- During the American Civil War, more than 75,000 Iowans participated in the war, 13,001 of whom died. A small battle fought at Athens, MO in 1861 resulted in a few shots finding Iowa soil; a raid into Davis and Van Buren counties by Confederate guerrillas was stopped by Home Guards in October 1864. Iowa had a higher percentage of soldiers serve in the Civil War, per capita, than any other state in the Union, with nearly 60% of eligible males serving.
- The Iowa General Assembly passed a women's suffrage amendment in 1870.
- Iowa saw a large increase in farming of beef, corn, and pork during World War I, but farmers saw economic hardships after the war. These hardships were the result of the removal of war-time farm subsidies. Total recovery didn't happen until the 1940s.
- Iowa had been a large supporter of alcohol prohibition.
- The Farm Crisis of the 1980's saw a major decline of family farms in Iowa and around the midwest, and was marked by a sharp drop in the state's rural population.
- Although Iowa's primary industry is agriculture, it also produces refrigerators, washing machines, fountain pens, farm implements, and food products that are shipped around the world.
- Iowa is also a major producer of ethanol.
- See List of counties in Iowa, List of cities in Iowa, List of townships in Iowa and List of Iowa rivers
The Mississippi River forms the eastern boundary of the state. The boundary along the west is formed by the Missouri River south of Sioux City and by the Big Sioux River north of Sioux City. There are many natural lakes in the state, most notably Spirit Lake, West Okoboji Lake, and East Okoboji Lake in northwest Iowa (see Iowa Great Lakes). Man-made lakes include Saylorville Lake, Lake Red Rock, and Rathbun Lake.
The topography of the state is gently rolling plains. Loess hills lie along the western border of the state. Some of these are several hundred feet thick. In the northeast along the Mississippi River is a section of the Driftless Area, which in Iowa consists of low rugged hills covered with conifers - a landscape not usually associated with this state.
The point of lowest elevation (146 m) is Keokuk in southeast Iowa. The point of highest elevation (509 m) is Hawkeye Point, located in a feedlot north of Sibley in northwest Iowa. The mean elevation of the state is 335 m. Considering the size of the state (145,743 km²), there is very little elevation difference.
National parks, etc.
These are the interstate highways that go through Iowa:
These are the United States highways that go through Iowa:
These are some of the wild animals that can be found in Iowa:
Iowa is home of 49 endangered & 35 threatened animal species as well as 64 endangered & 89 threatened plant species  (http://www.iowadnr.com/education/wldresbs.html).
The state's total gross state product for 2003 was $103 billion. Its per capita income for 2003 was $28,340. Iowa's main agricultural outputs are hogs, corn, soybeans, oats, cattle and dairy products. Its industrial outputs are food processing, machinery, electric equipment, chemical products, publishing and primary metals. Iowa produces the nations largest amount of ethanol. Des Moines also serves as a center for the insurance industry.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of 2003, Iowa's population was estimated at 2,944,062 people.
The racial makeup of the state is:
6.4% of Iowa's population were reported as under 5, 25.1% under 18, and 14.9% were 65 or older. Females made up approximately 50.9% of the population.
Iowa, in common with five other Mid-West states (Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, North and South Dakota), is feeling the brunt of falling populations. 89% of the total number of cities in those states have fewer than 3000 people; hundreds have fewer than 1000. Between 1996 and 2004 almost half a million people, nearly half with college degrees, left the six states. "Rural flight" as it is called has led to offers of free land and tax breaks as enticements to newcomers.
Iowans' responses in 2001 to the question "What is your religion, if any?" were as follows:
- 23% "Catholic"
- 16% "Lutheran"
- 13% "No religion"
- 13% "Methodist"
- 6% "Other"
- 5% "Refused"
- 5% "Baptist"
- 5% "Christian"
- 3% "Presbyterian"
- 2% "Protestant"
- 2% "Pentecostal"
- 2% "Congregational/UCC"
- 1% "Church of Christ"
- 1% "Non Denominational"
- 1% "Assemblies of God"
- 1% "Evangelical"
Important cities and towns
|Population > 100,000 (urbanized area)||Population > 10,000 (urbanized area)|
Iowa has a strong emphasis on education, which is shown in standardized testing scores. In 2003, Iowa had the second highest average SAT scores by state, and tied for second highest average ACT scores in states where more than 20% of graduates were tested. The national office of ACT is in Iowa City, and the ITBS and ITED testing programs used in many states are provided by the University of Iowa.
An overhaul of the current education system is being planned. One of the suggested ideas is switching from 180 days to a year-round school system.
Independent colleges and universities
Professional business and technical colleges and universities
Law and government
The five U.S. Congressmen:
The Code of Iowa contains the statutory laws of the State of Iowa. The Iowa Legislative Service Bureau is a non-partisan governmental agency that is responsible for organizing, updating and publishing the Iowa Code. The Iowa Code is republished in full in odd years (i.e., 1999, 2001, 2003, etc..) and is supplemented in even years.
The state gets considerable attention every four years because of its first in the nation presidential caucus, a gathering of voters which, along with the New Hampshire primary a week later, has become the starting gun for choosing the two major-party candidates for U.S. president. The caucus, held in January of the election year, involves people gathering in homes or public places and choosing their candidate, rather than casting secret ballots, as is done in a primary election.
U.S. senators from Iowa
List of United States Senators who have represented Iowa:
Professional sports teams
The Minor League baseball teams are:
The Minor League hockey teams are:
The Minor League soccer teams are:
Clip Art and Pictures
- Free Clipart (http://classroomclipart.com)
- US State Maps (http://classroomclipart.com/cgi-bin/kids/imageFolio.cgi?direct=Clipart/US_State_Maps)
- Printable Black and White Map of Iowa (http://www.lessonplancentral.com/statemaps/iowa_mapBW.htm)
- US State Flags (http://classroomclipart.com/cgi-bin/kids/imageFolio.cgi?direct=Clipart/State_Flags)
Lesson Plans, Resources and Activites
- Lesson Plan Central (http://lessonplancentral.com)
- Iowa State Information (http://www.eachtown.com/state_info.php/stateid/16)
- Iowa News. (http://www.HavenWorks.com/iowacentric)
- US Census Bureau (http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/19000.html)
- Iowa Code online at Iowa General Assembly (http://www.legis.state.ia.us/IACODE)
- Iowa Newspapers (http://www.usnewspapers.org/state/iowa)
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Flag of the United States
- Iowa: Facts, Map and State Symbols - EnchantedLearning.com (http://www.enchantedlearning.com/usa/states/iowa/)
- State Symbols (http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0801717.html)
- The Graduate Center, CUNY: Research Studies: American Religious Identification Survey (http://www.gc.cuny.edu/studies/key_findings.htm)