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Capital City:

Des Moines

Statehood:

December 28, 1846 (29th)

Population:

2,872,000

Nickname:

Hawkeye State / Corn State

Motto:

Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain.

Origin of State Name:

From the Dakota Indian word "Ayuhwa," meaning "sleepy ones," referring to a tribe living in that area

Counties:

99

Largest Cities:

Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Sioux City, Waterloo

Border States:

Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wisconsin

Land Area:

55,965 sq. mi.; 25th largest

Highest Point:

Osceola County, 1,670 ft.

Lowest Point:

Mississippi River, 480 ft.

State Bird:

Eastern Goldfinch

State Flower:

Wild Prairie Rose (rosa pratincola)

State Tree:

Oak (quercus)

State Song:

The Song of Iowa

State Web Site:

www.state.ia.us


For more websites on Iowa check out Iowa Links.

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