Economy of Iowa State

June 29, 2010US State Economiesby EconomyWatch

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Demography And Social Indicators

Iowa is a Midwestern state in the N Central of United State. The state is bounded by the Mississippi river across which lie Wisconsin lllinois; Missouri; Nebraska and South Dakota, from which it is separated by the Missouri and the big Sioux rivers and Minnesota.

The state has a total geographical area of 56,272 sq mi; with a land area of 55,869 sq mi; and total acres forested 2.1 mil.

Demography And Social Indicators
The total estimated population of the state in the year 2005 was at 2,966,334, which is an increase of 13,430, or 0.5%, from the prior year.

The net change of the population in 2002-03 was 0.3%. The density of the population in the state was 52.7 per sq mi.

With regards to the racial distribution of the state in 2000: 93.9% white; 2.1% black; 1.3% Asian and 0.3% Native American.

The U.S. Census Bureau, as of 2004 reported that Iowa's population included about 97,000 foreign-born (3.3%).

Business and Economy of Iowa

The total gross state product of the state for 2003 was US$103 billion with a per capita income of US$28,340 in the same year.

Among the various sectors of the economy the Chief Industries of the state are agriculture, communications, construction, finance, insurance, trade , services and manufacturing.

The Major manufacturing goods of the state are processed food products, tires, firm machinery, electronic products, appliances, household furniture, chemicals, ferilizers and auto accessories.

The Important crops of the state are silage and grain corn, soybeans, oats and hay.

The live stock of the state (Jan 2004): 3.45 million cattle/calves; 250,000 sheep/lambs; (Jan 2003): 15.8 million hogs/pigs; (Dec 2003): 50.9 million chickens.

The mineral production in the state is very low.

Energy Production In Iowa
The electircity production of the state (est 2003 kwh by source):
coal: 34.3 billion, Gas: 279 mil,Hydroelectric: 776 mil, Nuclear 4 bil; other 66 mil.

Tourist Attraction Of Iowa
The tourist attractions of the state are as follows:

  • Herbert Hoover birth place and library, West Branch;
  • Effigy Mounds Natl. Monument, prehistoric Indian Burial Site, Marqutte;
  • Amana Colonies;
  • Grant Wood's painting and memorabillia,Davenport Municipal Art Gallery;
  • Living History firms, Des Moines;
  • Adventureland,Altoona;
  • Greyhoud Parks, in Dubuque and council bluffs;
  • Mississippe and Missouri Rivers;
  • Lowa Great Lakes, Okoboji.

Colleges, Schools and Universities In Iowa

  • Ashford University
  • Briar Cliff University
  • Buena Vista University
  • Central College
  • Clarke College
  • Coe College
  • Cornell College
  • Divine Word College
  • Drake University
  • Emmaus Bible College
  • Faith Baptist Bible College
  • Graceland University
  • Grand View College
  • Grinnell College
  • Iowa Wesleyan College
  • Loras College
  • Luther College
  • Maharishi University of
  • Management
  • Morningside College
  • Mount Mercy College
  • Northwestern College
  • Simpson College
  • Saint Ambrose University
  • University of Dubuque
  • Upper Iowa University
  • Waldorf College
  • Wartburg College
  • William Penn University

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