The 1994 estimated population of Iowa is 2,830,000. Iowa ranks 30th in population and 23rd
in land area.
Des Moines: 193,422
Cedar Rapids: 113,482
Sioux City; 83,791
Iowa City: 60,923
Council Bluffs: 55,569
Cedar Falls: 34,884
In the United States, Iowa ranks:
First in beef and pork production
First in corn production
First in soybean production
First in grain production
Iowa-educated youth have led the nation in SAT and ACT scores for the past two decades.
Iowa has three state universities, 62 public and private colleges and 15 community
colleges on 28 campuses.
Geography and Climate
Iowa is centrally located in the heart of North America, a welcoming place to stop and
visit. With the Missouri River to the west and the Mississippi to the east, Iowa is the
only state bordered by two navigable rivers.
A farm north of Sibley in Osceola County marks Iowa's highest point, 1,670 feet above sea
level. Conversely, Iowa's lowest point is at the confluence to the Des Moines and
Mississippi Rivers in Lee County, 470 feet above sea level.
Iowa's four distinct seasons provide a wide range of temperature variation through the
year - a perfect place to celebrate summertime sunshine and winter wonders!
The largest source of personal income for Iowans is manufacturing, followed by services,
retail/wholesale trade and government. Twenty-four percent of America's pork and four
percent of the nation's grain-fed beef are raised in Iowa. Iowa ranks first in the nation
in grain harvested
Producing food, fuel, clothing and medicine for the world, agriculture is a leading
industry in Iowa, a state with more than 100,000 farms. One Iowa farm family grows enough
food and fiber to feed 279 people, one-fourth of whom live overseas.
Info from Iowa Home Page