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Fast Facts

Population: 3,046,355 (2010 census)

Land Area: 55,869 square miles

Statehood: December 28, 1846 (29th state to enter the Union)

Nickname: The Hawkeye State

State Motto: Our liberties we prize, and our rights we will maintain.


State bird: Eastern Goldfinch

State tree: Oak

State flower: Wild rose

State rock: Geode

State capital: Des Moines


The highest point in Iowa can be found atop Ocheyedan Mound (1670 ft).

Keokuk is the state’s lowest elevation point (480 ft.).


Governor: Terry E Branstad

Lt. Governor: Kim Reynolds

Media Contacts

Jessica O'Riley
Iowa Tourism Office
Iowa Economic Development Authority