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The 29th state to enter the Union on December 28, 2846 was Iowa. Known as "The Hawkeye State" and the "America Heartland," Iowa is also known to be an agricultural state whose farms sell over 10 billion dollars' worth of crops and livestock annually.Origin of State's Name:
The name Iowa
comes from the river with the same name. The river is named after the Ioway Indian Tribe whose name is derived from "ayuhwa", literally meaning "asleep".Capital City: Des Moines
is the capital and most populous city in Iowa with 193,886 residents. This city is also the county seat of the Polk County
. Iowa is bordered by Minnesota
to the north, Wisconsin
to the east, Missouri to the south and Nebraska
and South Dakota
to the west.Population:
Iowa has a population of 3,007,856 as of 2009 and ranks 30th in terms of population among the other states.Driving:
Information on driver's licenses, testing centers, requirements, and applications can all be found in the Iowa Department of Transportation Office of Driver Services
webpage.Agriculture and Industry:
Iowa's fertile soil makes the agriculture in the region an important part of the state's economy. Grain, specifically corn is the primary crop of the state. Other major crops in the region include hay, oats and soybeans. Cattle and pig production is another major sector of the state's economy. Iowa was ranked among the top ten states in cattle raising in 1997.
Food processing is an important industry in Iowa, as well as the production of cement, stone, sand, gravel, and gypsum. Printing and publishing and the production of machinery, electrical equipment, chemicals and primary metals are other major industries in the state.State Bird:
The eastern goldfinch or the American goldfinch is Iowa's state bird.State Tree:
The oak is the state tree of Iowa as this tree; particularly the bur oak is abundant in the state. It was named so during the 59th Iowa General Assembly on March 13, 1961.State Flower:
The wild rose is Iowa's state flower. It was adopted during the extra session of the 26th General Assembly of the state on May 7, 1897.State Song:
"The Song of Iowa" was adopted by the Iowa Legislature as state song on March 20, 1911. The words are by Samuel Hawkins Marshall Byers and the song takes the traditional melody of "O, Tannenbaum."