Last Updated: April 17, 2021


Iowa is a state in the Midwest region of the United States of America. In the surrounding state are six states including 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.

Iowa is the 26th most extensive in total area and 30th most populous of the 50 U.S. states. Des Moines is the capital, largest and most populous city in the state of Iowa.

The name Iowa is derived from the Iowa people. Iowa is a native American Siouan people. It is the only U.S. state whose east and west borders are formed almost entirely by rivers. The state landscape is not flat: most of the state consists of rolling hills, several natural lakes.

Most of Iowa is used for agriculture as 60% of the state is covered by crops, grasslands 20%, and forests cover 7% of urban areas and water covers another 1% of each. Moreover, the weather of Iowa turns to both extreme cold and heat. On December 28, 1846, Iowa became the 19th state admitted to the union.

Some of the largest cities of Iowa are Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Sioux City and Iowa City. And Some of the beautiful places to visit in Iowa are National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library, Des Moines.

Key Facts:

  • Total employment as of 2016 is 1,354, 487.
  • Agriculture is a small portion contributing to the state’s diversified economy.
  • Other sectors that contribute to Iowa’s economy are manufacturing, biotechnology, finance, government services and insurance services.
  • In 2019, the real GDP of Iowa was about 173.69 billion U.S. dollars.