Iowa . . . State 29

Iowa's official flag was adopted in 1921. The flag has a red, white and blue background, like the French flag; this symbolizes the fact that Iowa became a part of the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase. On the white central portion of the flag, a bald eagle holds a flowing ribbon that reads, "OUR LIBERTIES WE PRIZE, AND OUR RIGHTS WE WILL MAINTAIN."

Iowa became a state on December 29th state in the USA; it became a state on December 28, 1846 as the 29th state. The state capital and largest city is Des Moines.

Iowa is centrally located in the heart of North America with the Missouri River to the west and the Mississippi to the east. Iowa is the only state bordered by two navigable rivers. Iowa borders Minnesota to the north, Missouri to the south, Illinois to the east, Nebraska to the west, Wisconsin to the northeast and North Dakota to the northwest.

Iowa is one of the most significant farmlands on the planet and has some of the most fertile soil. The landscape of Iowa is rich agricultural land with many plains, prairies, lakes and rivers. It is also known for its manufacturing base and often called the "Hartford of the West," because of the numerous insurance company headquarters found within the state. Iowa leads the country in agriculture and has more than 97,000 farms. It is ranked number one in the United States in beef, pork, corn, soybean and grain production.

Iowa is ranked in the top five most livable states. It is known as one of the best, healthiest, safest states to live and raise a family. Iowa is one of the top states in education and has high education standards. It also is known for low costs of living, affordable housing, short commutes, and one of the lowest crime states in the nation.

Iowa has a continental climate and experiences four distinct seasons. The weather in Iowa varies great from season to season and winters are very cold winters summers can be very hot and humid. Temperatures in Iowa can drop to -10 F or lower in the winter and can and rise to over 100 F in the summer. In spring and fall temperatures and humidity are very pleasant but usually experience thunderstorms.

Iowa has 99 counties:
Adair - Adams - Allamakee - Appanoose - Audubon - Benton - Black - Hawk - Boone - Bremer - Buchanan - Buena Vista - Butler - Calhoun - Carroll - Cass - Cedar - Cerro - Gordo - Cherokee - Chickasaw - Clarke - Clay - Clayton - Clinton - Crawford - Dallas - Davis - Decatur - Delaware - Des - Moines - Dickinson - Dubuque - Emmet - Fayette - Floyd - Franklin - Fremont - Greene - Grundy - Guthrie - Hamilton - Hancock - Hardin - Harrison - Henry - Howard - Humboldt - Ida - Iowa - Jackson - Jasper - Jefferson - Johnson - Jones - Keokuk - Kossuth - Lee - Linn - Louisa - Lucas - Lyon - Madison - Mahaska - Marion - Marshall - Mills - Mitchell - Monona - Monroe - Montgomery - Muscatine - O'Brien - Osceola - Page - Palo - Alto - Plymouth - Pocahontas - Polk - Pottawattamie - Poweshiek - Ringgold - Sac - Scott - Shelby - Sioux - Story - Tama - Taylor - Union - Van Buren - Wapello - Warren - Washington - Wayne - Webster - Winnebago - Winneshiek - Woodbury - Worth - Wright

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