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Physical Map: Defined
In addition to country borders, major cities and significant bodies of water, Physical Maps indicate the location of landforms like deserts, mountains and plains. This type of map also displays major cities and regions. Physical Maps are commonly used to see elevation and land contours as well as major rivers and lakes.

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Iowa

page last updated on August 8, 2011


   Introduction    Iowa


Although it is sometimes called the "Corn State," Iowa really is a breadbasket for the U.S., with 90 percent of its land devoted to farming. The main products are corn and hogs. Named for the Iowa River, which was named for the Iowa, or Ioway, Indians, Iowa joined the Union in 1846 as the 29th state. The wild rose is the state flower and the capital is Des Moines.

   Miscellaneous    Iowa


State Flower: Wild Rose

State Motto: Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain

State Nickname: Hawkeye State

State Bird: Eastern Goldfinch

   Geography    Iowa


Land area, 2000 (square miles): 55,869

Length: 310 miles

Width: 200 miles

10 largest cities, 2010:
  1. Des Moines, 203,433
  2. Cedar Rapids, 126,326
  3. Davenport, 99,685
  4. Sioux City, 82,684
  5. Waterloo, 68,406
  6. Iowa City, 67,862
  7. Council Bluffs, 62,230
  8. Ames, 58,965
  9. Dubuque, 57,637
  10. West Des Moines, 56,609

Geographic Center: 5 miles northeast of Ames

Geographic Center County: Story

Highest Point: 1,670 ft. — Hawkeye Point, on Sterler Farm, north of Sibley

Lowest Point: 480 ft. — Mississippi River

Number of counties: 99

State forests: 10 (43,917 ac.)

State parks: 83 (53,000 ac.)

Persons per square mile, 2010: 54.5

   People    Iowa

Population, 2010: 3,046,355
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010: 4.10%
Population, 2000: 2,926,380
Persons under 5 years old, percent, 2009: 6.80%
Persons under 18 years old, percent, 2009: 23.70%
Persons 65 years old and over, percent, 2009: 14.80%
Female persons, percent, 2009: 50.60%

White persons, percent, 2010 (a): 91.30%
Black persons, percent, 2010 (a): 2.90%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2010 (a): 0.40%
Asian persons, percent, 2010 (a): 1.70%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2010 (a): 0.10%
Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2010: 1.80%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2010 (b): 5.00%
White persons not Hispanic, persons, 2010: 88.70%

Living in same house 1 year ago, pct 1 yr old & over, 2005-2009: 83.40%
Foreign born persons, percent, 2005-2009: 3.80%
Language other than English spoken at home, pct age 5+, 2005-2009: 6.40%
High school graduates, percent of persons age 25+, 2005-2009: 89.60%
Bachelor's degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+, 2005-2009: 24.20%
Veterans, 2005-2009: 245,653
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+, 2005-2009: 18.3

Housing units, 2009: 1,344,080
Homeownership rate, 2005-2009: 72.90%
Housing units in multi-unit structures, percent, 2005-2009: 18.70%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2005-2009: $115,800

Households, 2005-2009: 1,215,970
Persons per household, 2005-2009: 2.36
Per capita money income in past 12 months (2009 dollars) 2005-2009: $25,060
Median household income, 2009: $48,065
Persons below poverty level, percent, 2009: 11.80%


(a) Includes persons reporting only one race.
(b) Hispanics may be of any race, so also are included in applicable race categories.

D: Suppressed to avoid disclosure of confidential information
F: Fewer than 100 firms
FN: Footnote on this item for this area in place of data
NA: Not available
S: Suppressed; does not meet publication standards
X: Not applicable
Z: Value greater than zero but less than half unit of measure shown



GDP Data — Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
Population and Economic Data — US Census Bureau
Government Data — Congress.Org




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