• some general data of the state

  • General useful information
    Note: some data are of constant value, while other are due to changes, fluctuations etc.
    State and population
    capital: Des Moines // state code ISO: IA ; FIPS: US19
    surface: 144719 = 55878 sq.mi // rank in USA: 23 // location: West North Central
    climate: humid, continental,
    entered USA as 29th state on: 1846-12-28
    administrative division: 99 counties
    total population according to the census of 2000: 2,926,324
    population density 2000: 20 per = 52 per sq.mi // net growth 1999-2000: 5,4%
    main ethnic groups: white 93,9%; black 2,1%; Asian 1,3%; other 3%
    Economy and infrastructure
    chief crops: silage and grain corn, soybeans, oats, hay
    livestock (million): cattle: 3,7 / pigs: 15,4 / poultry: 37,8 / sheep: 0,27
    timber/lumber: red cedar
    chief industries: agriculture, communications, construction, finance, insurance, trade, services
    chief industrial products: processed food products, tires, farm machinery, electronic products
    chief mining products: crushed stone, portland cement, sand & gravel, gypsum, lime
    Some physical landmarks
    highest point in the state: on available maps a nameless hill NNE of Sibley 509 m = 1670 ft
    other mountains: of no importance
    lowest point in the state: ca 175 m in the SE corner near Keokuk
    lakes: Storm Lake, Clear Lake, Eagle Lake
    artificial lakes: Red Rock Lake, Rathbun Lake, Saylorville Lake
    rivers: Mississippi, Missouri, Des Moines, Iowa, Cedar, Wapsipinicon, Little Sioux
    others: islands: none // deserts: none
    Additional remarks, especially on the statistical information
    other important features:
    nick name(s): Hawkeye State
    motto: Our liberties we prize, and our rights we will maintain
    song: not known
    flower: Wild rose // bird: Eastern goldfinch // tree: Oak // rock: Geode
    primary sources:
    World almanac and book of facts; National Geographic Atlas of the World; maps: WN world @tlas

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    File created on 2003.02.25 by Jan Lahmeyer
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