Iowa is a land-locked state in what is frequently referred to as the American heartland.
However, given its central location, there is no shortage of open water in the state. Bordered by the Mississippi River to the East, and the Missouri River and the Big Soux River to the
West, it is the sole US state whose borders are formed by rivers.
Iowa’s neighbours include the states of Wisconsin, Illinois, Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota and its capital- home to the Iowa State Capitol Building- is Des Moines. Terrain-
wise, Iowa consists largely of rolling hills, natural lakes- including Spirit Lake, West Okoboji and East Okoboji Lake, and prairies. Only 1% of Iowa consists of urban development.
The population of Iowa currently stands at circa 3,107,126 and there are approximately 52.7 people per square mile- making it the 30 th most densely populated state in the US. If its history you are looking for, you may want to visit Dubuque- Iowa’s oldest city, and visitors can visit the Fenlon Place Elevator; the world’s shortest and steepest railway, and the state is home to the only county courthouse with a gold dome.