|State nickname: "The Hawkeye State"|
- % water
|Ranked 26th |
- Total (2000)
|Admittance into Union
December 28, 1846
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
40°36'N to 43°30'N
89°5'W to 96°31'W
USS Iowa was named in honor of this state.
The state gets considerable attention every four years because of its presidential caucus, a gathering of voters which, along with the New Hampshire primary a week later, has become the starting gun for choosing the two major-party candidates for U.S. president. The caucus, held in February of the election year, involves people gathering in homes or public places and choosing their candidate, rather than casting secret ballots, as in done in a primary or election.
[Note that all the U.S. states have similar legal and political systems, so maybe we only need to mention anything that makes the state distinct]
The state's total gross state product for 1999 was $85 billion placing Iowa 30th in the nation. Its Per Capita Income for 2000 was $26,723. Iowa's main agricultural outputs are hogs, corn, soybeans, oats, cattle and dairy products. Its industrial outputs are food processing, machinery, electric equipment, chemical products, publishing and primary metals.
|The Hawkeye State|
|State Bird:||Eastern Goldfinch|
|State Flower:||Wild Rose|
|State Song:||"The Song of Iowa"|
The Minor League baseball teams are:
List of United States Senators who have represented Iowa: