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Iowa Almanac

The Iowa Almanac presents a general overview of the State of Iowa.

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Sources...

The United States Census Bureau, http://www.census.gov/, July 10, 2001.
Iowa. I. Chicago: World Book, Inc., 1988. 378. Print.
Carpenter, Alan, and Carl Provorse. The World Almanac of the U.S.A.. Mahwah: World Almanac Books, 1996. Print.

Admitted to Union December 28, 1846
Capital Des Moines, [ Find out more... ]
Nickname Hawkeye State, Corn State, Land of the Rolling Prairie, [ Find out more... ]
Motto Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain, [ Find out more... ]
Total area including land and water 56,276 square miles Rank among states 26th
Land area 55,875 square miles Rank among states 23rd
Water area 401 square miles Rank among states 44th
Greatest distance East to West 332 miles
Greatest distance North to South 214 miles
Highest point 1,670 feet (Sec. 29, T100N,R41W, Osceoloa County) Rank among states 42nd
Lowest point 480 feet (Mississippi River) Rank among states 37th
Mean elevation 1,100 feet Rank among states 22nd
Highest recorded temperature 118 degrees on July 20, 1934 at Keokuk
Lowest recorded temperature -47 degrees on January 12, 1912 at Washta
Highest monthly average temperature 86.2 degrees Rank among states 32nd
Lowest monthly average temperature 6.3 degrees Rank among states 6th
Average yearly precipitation (rain & snow) 32 inches Rank among states  
Population
(U.S. Census, April, 2000)
2,926,324 Rank among states 30th
Population per square mile
(Population/Land area)
52.37 Rank among states 33rd
Ten largest cities by population
State Capital in red
(U.S. Census, April, 2000)

1. Des Moines 198,682 6. Iowa City 62,220
2. Cedar Rapids 120,758 7. Council Bluffs 58,268
3. Davenport 98,359 8. Dubuque 57,686
4. Sioux City 85,013 9. Ames 50,731
5. Waterloo 68,747 10. West Des Moines 46,403
Median age 34
Average lifetime (1979-1981) 75.18 Rank among states 9th
Total crimes reported per 100,000 people (1992-1993) 3,846.4 Rank among states 43rd
Violent crimes reported per 100,000 people 325.5 Rank among states 39th
Property crimes reported per 100,000 people 3,521.0 Rank among states 44th
Per capita income (2000)
Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce
$26,431 Rank among states 33rd
Disposable per capita personal income (income minus taxes) (2000)
Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce
$22,949 Rank among states 35th
Median household income (1993) $28,663 Rank among states 35th

Additional Information

Encyclopedia of Iowa

Encyclopedia of Iowa, by Nancy Capace. 514 pages. Publisher: Somerset Publishers, Inc.; 2 edition (June 2000)

The Encyclopedia of Iowa contains detailed information on Iowa: Symbols and Designations, Geography, Archaeology, State History, Local History on individual cities, towns and counties, Chronology of Historic Events in the State, Profiles of Governors, Political Directory, State Constitution, Bibliography of books about the state and an Index.

Visit the NETSTATE Iowa State Book Store for additional Iowa related books, including Iowa Reference Books, History, Biographies and Cookbooks.

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