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Iowa State General Information

Iowa is Midwest state of the United States of America and is mostly a rural state. Iowa is still considered as “Breadbasket of the world” by her citizens. Iowa is surrounded by six states and Des Moines city is the state capital and largest city in Iowa State. Though Iowa is mostly considered as rural state with most of its land being used for agriculture yet Des Moines, the state capital is considered the Insurance capital of the United States of America. Cedar Rapids city is the second largest city in Iowa State. The Iowa state is marked by large corn and soybeans fields and hog farms. People in Iowa State are quite friendly and always extend a warm welcome to tourists. Iowa rural side is considered quite safe and people roam around freely. People here tend to help others in trouble and make tourists feel safe. People in Iowa love political discussions and thoroughly enjoy being part of political activities. Iowans welcome opinions about political candidates and enjoys political discussion and expect respect from others about their opinion. Iowa is separated from Illinois and Wisconsin by the Mississippi River. Iowa witnesses extremes of both cold and heat with general climatic condition being humid continental climate. In Iowa tornados are common but not severe. Iowa State started as a predominantly agricultural state but has now graduated to a state where manufacturing and services also plays an important role. Iowa State is marked by many natural lakes as well as manmade lakes.

Popular Tourist Destinations in Iowa

Iowa is popular among the tourists because of the adventurous nature. Some of the popular destinations of the same are Ames the home of Iowa State University. Cedar Falls is the home of the University of Northern Iowa. Cedar Rapids the second largest city of Iowa Destination. Council Bluffs it is the western city situated on the great river Missouri. Des Moines is the capital city of Iowa Destination and also the largest city of the state, it hosts state fairs which is known for its music and cuisine. Finally the Dubuque is the hilly area which is situated on the banks of the river Mississippi.

Iowa Destination

Iowa provides the tourists with adventure sports as well as plenty of open fields and farms to bask in nature’s glory and at the same time, it provides city life with cities likes Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City among others.  Other tourist destination are Amana Colony, Effigy mounds national monument, Madison county bridge and Lewis & Clark national historic trail. Iowa is also known for RAGBRAI which is a Register’s Annual Bicycle Ride across Iowa. This event is held an annual event where cyclist takes seven days to cross the state. Des Moines, the state capital Iowa is known for its corn fields and this reflects in their cuisines and eating habits. Iowa has large concentration of Latin population and many have family-run restaurants and bars which provide home cooked Latino food.  Iowa also has restaurants which serve individual countries cuisine and this is because Iowa also has strong presence of different ethnic population also. Iowa has cities which boast of vibrant night life with young crowd packing the bars and clubs on weekends. Iowa also has a healthy wine industry and has many wine yards spread across the state. Iowa also offers many weekend gateways and is well connected by rail, road and air. The language spoken is English and the accent is Midwestern English which is quite simple to understand and easy to communicate in. Iowa has many museums and art galleries and also offers the tourists various options for theatrical performances and opera shows.

Famous Iowa Destinations

Cedar Falls, Iowa

Cedar Falls Coordinates: 42°31′25″N 92°26′47″W
Cedar Falls Country United States
Cedar Falls State  Iowa
Cedar Falls County Black Hawk
Cedar Falls Area
 - City 28.9 sq mi (74.8 km2)
 - Land 28.3 sq mi (73.3 km2)
 - Water 0.6 sq mi (1.5 km2)
Cedar Falls Elevation 879 ft (268 m)
Cedar Falls Population (2009)
 - City 38,589
 - Density 1,277.2/sq mi (493.1/km2)
 - Metro 162,263
Cedar Falls Time Zone Central (CST) (UTC−6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC−5)
Cedar Falls ZIP Code 50613
Cedar Falls Area Code(s) 319
Cedar Falls FIPS Code 19-11755
Cedar Falls GNIS Feature ID 0455240

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cedar Rapids Coordinates: 41°58′59″N 91°40′7″W
Cedar Rapids Country  United States
Cedar Rapids State  Iowa
Cedar Rapids County Linn
Cedar Rapids Incorporated 1849
Cedar Rapids Government
 - Type Home Rule - Weak Mayor
 - Mayor Ron Corbett
Cedar Rapids Area
 - City 64.4 sq mi (166.8 km2)
 - Land 63.1 sq mi (163.5 km2)
 - Water 1.3 sq mi (3.3 km2)
Cedar Rapids Elevation 810 ft (247 m)
Cedar Rapids Population (2008)
 - City 128,056
 - Density 1,912.6/sq mi (738.4/km2)
 - Metro 255,452
Cedar Rapids Time Zone CST (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Cedar Rapids ZIP Codes 52400-52499
Cedar Rapids Area Code(s) 319
Cedar Rapids FIPS Code 19-12000
Cedar Rapids GNIS Feature ID 0465941
Cedar Rapids Website www.cedar-rapids.org

Iowa State University

Iowa State University Motto Science with practice
Iowa State University Established 1858
Iowa State University Type Flagship state university
Land-grant
Space-grant
Iowa State University Endowment US $452.2 million
Iowa State University President Gregory L. Geoffroy
Iowa State University Academic Staff 1,709
Iowa State University Students 28,682 (Fall 2010)
Iowa State University Undergraduates 23,104 (Fall 2010)
Iowa State University Postgraduates 4,991 (Fall 2010)
Iowa State University Location Ames, Iowa, United States
Iowa State University Campus Urban, 1,984 acres (8 km²)
Iowa State University Nickname Cyclones
Iowa State University Colors

Cardinal and Gold

           
Iowa State University Athletics Big 12
NCAA Division I
Iowa State University Mascot Cy
Iowa State University Affiliations American Association of Universities, Universities Research Association
Iowa State University Website iastate.edu

Des Moines, Iowa

Des Moines Coordinates: 41°35′27″N 93°37′15″W
Des Moines Country  United States
Des Moines State  Iowa
Des Moines Counties Polk, Warren, Dallas
Des Moines Founded 1843
Des Moines Incorporated September 22, 1851
Des Moines Government
 - Type Council–manager government
 - Mayor Frank Cownie
 - Senate Matt McCoy (D)
Brad Zaun (R)
Jack Hatch (D)
Dick Dearden (D)
Larry Noble (R)
 - House Jo Oldson (D)
Bruce Hunter (D)
Janet Petersen (D)
Wayne Ford (D)
Ako Abdul-Samad (D)
Kevin McCarthy (D)
Rick Olson (D)
Walt Tomenga (R)
 - U.S. Congress Leonard Boswell (D)
Des Moines Area
 - City 77.2 sq mi (200.1 km2)
 - Land 75.8 sq mi (196.3 km2)
 - Water 1.5 sq mi (3.8 km2)
Des Moines Elevation 955 ft (291 m)
Des Moines Population (2009 (est))
 - City 200,538 (US: 108th)
 - Density 2,621.3/sq mi (1,012.0/km2)
 - Metro 562,906
 - Demonym no consistent demonym applies, though "Des Moinesers" is occasionally used
Des Moines Time Zone CST (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Des Moines ZIP Codes 50301-50340-50310
Des Moines Area Code(s) 515
Des Moines FIPS Code 19-21000
Des Moines GNIS Feature ID 0465961
Des Moines Website www.dmgov.org