Also called “American Heartland”, Iowa is the 26th most extensive in land area of the 50 states. Iowa is totally surrounded by rivers from east to west and is the 30th most populous state in the USA. According to a survey, Iowa is one of the safest places to live in. The capital as well as the biggest city of Iowa is Des Moines. The population of Iowa was estimated to be 3,107,126 in 2014.
The Education level in Iowa is really good. The U.S. High School Movement was led by Iowa back in the 1910 to 1940 era. Back in 2009, the four year graduation rate in Iowa was 87.2%, the 3rd highest graduation rate in the USA.
According to a survey in 2005, the GDP of Iowa was $124 billion and ranked 10th back in 2010. With a per capita income of $23,340, Iowa is the 6th best state in the list of top states suitable for businesses. Due to such a stable economy, the unemployment rate of Iowa was 4.4% in march 2014.
Iowa was ranked 1st in “Cost of business” with the GSP of $113.5 billion. Manufacturing is the backbone of the stable economy of Iowa, as in 2005 manufacturing added 21% to the Iowa’s GSP. Agricultural chemicals, food processing and heavy machinery are the major sectors of manufacturing in Iowa.
Agriculture also played an important role in the economy of Iowa, as in 2002 it had an impact of 16% in terms of value added. Eggs, dairy products, cattle and hogs are the main agricultural products of Iowa and it is also the largest producer of alcohol in the USA. In 2008, Iowa’s farms produced almost 19% of the country’s corn.