Iowa: Map, Largest Cities & What to See

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Iowa is a state in the American Midwest, often referred to as the Heart of America due to its location. Iowa was once part of a colonized territory called New France. It did not break away from French rule until 1763. Agriculture and manufacturing are the largest contributors to its GDP, with food, heavy and chemical industries being important.

Iowa: Map, Largest Cities & What to See

Map of Iowa / Where is Iowa?

Table of Contents
  1. Basic Information About Iowa
  2. What to See in the State of Iowa
  3. Fun Facts about Iowa
  4. Iowa Weather
  5. Largest Cities in Iowa
  6. Food Prices in Iowa
  7. Iowa State Symbols

Basic Information About Iowa

  • State Name: Iowa
  • State Abbreviation:IA
  • Capital: Des Moines
  • Largest City: Des Moines
  • Area: 145,743 km2 (26th largest U.S. state)
  • Population: 3,155,070 (32nd highest in the U.S.)
  • Time Zone: CST (UTC-6), CDT (UTC-5) in the summer
  • Other Information:Speed Limits in Iowa, Current Time in Iowa, Minimum Wage in Iowa

What to See in the State of Iowa

  1. Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids
  2. Des Moines Capitol Building
  3. Mississippi River Aquarium and Museum in Dubuque
  4. Iowa 80 Trucking Museum in Walcott
  5. The Des Moines Railroad
  6. Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines
  7. Union Pacific Railroad Museum in Council Bluffs
  8. Adventureland Amusement Park in Altoona
  9. Buffalo Bill Museum in Le Claire
  10. Ledges State Park

For tips on other sights and places of interest in Iowa, post them in the discussion.

Fun Facts about Iowa

Date of Iowa’s Entry into the Union

December 28, 1846 (29th in order)

Iowa State Nickname

The Hawkeye State

Iowa’s tallest mountain

Hawkeye Point (509 metres)

Rivers in Iowa

  1. Missouri River (3,770 km)
  2. Mississippi River (3,730 km)
  3. Des Moines River (845 km)
  4. Big Sioux River (674 km)
  5. Cedar River (544 km)

Airports in Iowa

  1. Des Moines International Airport
  2. Cedar Rapids – Eastern Iowa Airport
  3. Dubuque Regional Airport
  4. Sioux Gateway Airport
  5. Waterloo Regional Airport

Iowa Sports Teams

  • NFL (American football): no team
  • MLB (baseball): no team
  • MLS (football): no team
  • NHL (ice hockey): no team
  • NBA (basketball): no team

Universities in Iowa

  • University of Iowa
  • Iowa State University

ZIP Codes

50001-52809, 68119-68120

Weather in Iowa | Average Temperatures in Iowa | Average Precipitation in Iowa

Iowa Weather

Like most states in the American Midwest, Iowa has a continental climate characterized by frequent precipitation and variations in weather across the seasons. Winters in Iowa tend to be freezing, with the average temperature in January being -10 °C, however, temperatures in the Mason City area, for example, can drop to -15 °C.

Summer temperatures usually hover around 24 °C, with an upper limit of around 31 °C in the shade. Typical of summer is muggy and frequent thunderstorms, with tornadoes hitting the state several times a year.

Current Forecasts:

Largest Cities in Iowa

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

Food Prices in Iowa

  • McDonalds Restaurant McMeal prices: $7.50
  • Restaurant draft beer (0.5L): $4.12
  • Cappuccino in restaurant: $3.98
  • Coca-Cola in restaurant (0.33 l): $1.88
  • Milk (1 l): $0.97
  • Bread (500 g): $2.80
  • Rice (1 kg): $3.26
  • Egg (12 pcs): $2.29
  • Cheese (1 kg): $12.65
  • Boneless chicken breast (1 kg): $9.50
  • Beef Loin (1 kg): $10.74
  • Apples (1 kg): $4.79
  • Bananas (1 kg): $1.10
  • Oranges (1 kg): $3.79
  • Tomatoes (1 kg): $5.54
  • Potatoes (1 kg): $1.59
  • Water (1.5 l bottle): $1.75
  • Bottle beer (0.5 l bottle): $1.93
  • Pack of Marlboro cigarettes: $7.00

Food prices in the city of Des Moines valid in January 2021. Take these as a guide, they vary widely from store to store. Tax is included in the price.

Iowa Flag | Iowa State Emblem

Iowa State Symbols

  • Stone: geode
  • Flower: Arkansas rose
  • Bird: yellow finch
  • Tree: oak

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