Sitemap to all pages covering the state of Iowa. Photography contributions by Alex Nitzman, Andy Field, Bill Gatchel, Brent Ivy and Scott Onson.

Highway Guides

Many of the mileage statistics for highways cited throughout the AARoads’ Iowa guides were obtained from the extensively researched Iowa Highways Page by Jason Hancock. Additionally Jeff Morrison’s Iowa Highway Ends further covers each highway in the Hawkeye State with photos covering every end or entrance point from adjoining states.

Population Statistics

State Population
Metropolitan Populations
Des Moines 456,022 Cedar Falls-Waterloo 128,012
Davenport 359,062 Sioux City 124,130
Cedar Rapids 191,701 Iowa City 111,006
Burlington 169,391 Dubuque 89,143
Top County Populations
Polk 408,888 Johnson 118,038
Linn 201,853 Woodbury 102,972
Scott 162,621 Dubuque 92,384
Black Hawk 126,106 Des Moines 40,885
Top City Populations
Des Moines 196,998 Waterloo 66,387
Cedar Rapids 126,396 Council Bluffs 59,921
Davenport 98,975 Dubuque 57,313
Sioux City 82,684 Ames 54,745
Iowa City 67,062 West Des Moines 54,726
Source: 2000-2006 U.S. Census Data

About Iowa

  • Capital: Des Moines
  • Nickname: Hawkeye State
  • State Flower: Wild Rose
  • State Bird: Eastern Goldfinch
  • State Tree: Oak
  • Total Interstate Mileage: 781.24
  • Land Area: 55,869.3 square miles
  • Acres in Farmland (2006): 31,500,000
  • Highest Point: Hawkeye Point 1,670 feet
  • Lowest Point: Mississippi River in Lee County 480 feet
  • Number of Counties: 99
  • Number of Incorporated Places: 948
  • Statehood: 29th state; admitted December 28, 1846
  • Quaker Oats, in Cedar Rapids, is the largest cereal company in the world.
  • Dubuque is home to the only county courthouse with a gold dome.
  • Herbert Hoover, a West Branch native, was the 31st president of the United States and the first one born west of the Mississippi.
  • Iowa is ranked first in Pork, Corn and Egg production in the U.S.

Major League Sports Franchises


Updated December 7, 2019.