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Iowa-Related Resources

Fun facts and ISU Library resources related to Iowa.

Welcome to All Things Iowa!

Whether you have lived in Iowa a long time or are new here, this guide is sure to help you discover things you never knew about Iowa!

The ISU Library has a wealth of resources related to Iowa, on a surprisingly diverse range of topics: famous Iowans, Iowa inventions, fun facts, etc., and, of course, many resources related to Iowa tourism and/or published in Iowa. This guide is intended to accompany a book display of library resources - but can also be used as a stand-alone resource.

Iowa Trivia

Iowa has more golf courses per capita than any other state.

Iowa ranks third in the nation for the highest motorcycle ownership.

Iowa actually has an island—Sabula—which has 576 inhabitants and is a popular summer beach destination for Chicagoans.

Hogs outnumber humans 4-to-1 in Iowa.

The state is comprised of 92 percent farmland.

Snippets from Iowa: Off the Beaten Path - 2017 edition:

Iowa averages 34 tornados annually.

More than 25 percent of the nation's best crop soil is found in Iowa.

One Iowa farm grows enough food to feed 279 people.

Iowa boasts the highest literacy rate of any U.S. state (99%).

After the Civil War, Iowa was the first state to give the vote to African Americans.

Iowa is home to the largest cereal mill (Quaker Oats) in the world and the largest spice plant (Tone's) in North America.