Iowa is an agricultural, liberal state with only four larger metropolitan areas, which stands for the typical American lifestyle.

Iowa has been the 29th state since joining the United States in 1846. Located in the American Midwest, it is known for growing corn and its expansive nature. The only exceptions to the village and small town structure are the metropolitan areas of Sioux City, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Davenport. About ninety percent of the area is used for agriculture.

The clocks tick differently in Iowa

Along with eleven other states, Iowa is part of the American Midwest. These very rural states are not considered particularly exciting by either the Americans or the tourists. This state with largely untouched nature has some attractions to offer that are sometimes still an insider tip. If you want to get to know the typical American lifestyle away from the big cities, Iowa is the place for you. Here time seems to have stood still in many places. The small towns and villages are predominantly agricultural, because Iowa is part of the so-called Corn Belt, the country’s granary and pantry. Livestock farming is just as influential as the cultivation of corn, potatoes and soybeans. Numerous dairies ensure that milk is processed properly. In some regions of Iowa the fields seem to be endless. Americans with German roots make up the largest group of the population.

Iowa: a rural, but very liberal state

Although Iowa does not have any dramatically beautiful national parks to offer, it does have an archaeological area called “Effigy Mound National Monument”. This area is home to 2,500 year old mound sculptures made by native American Indians. 190 of these sculptures are spread over seven square kilometers. You won’t find any mountains here. A detour to the regions of the Missouri River and Mississippi River is definitely worthwhile. In the Iowa Great Lakes region there are several nature parks characterized by numerous lakes. Besides the capital Des Moines there are only three other metropolitan areas.

Iowa as a pioneer in liberalization

As early as 1839, the Supreme Court declared slavery illegal, more than 20 years before the American Civil War resolved this issue at the national level. Other liberal decisions concerned the abolition of racial discrimination in 1873 and access for women to legal professions in 1869, also long before decisions were made at the national level.

Iowa State Bird and Flower

Largest Counties in Iowa by Area

According to Countryaah, the biggest counties in Iowa are listed as below:

Ranking County Area
1 Kossuth County 2,520 km2
2 Pottawattamie County 2,471 km2
3 Woodbury County 2,261 km2
4 Plymouth County 2,238 km2
5 Clayton County 2,018 km2
6 Sioux County 1,989 km2
7 Fayette County 1,893 km2
8 Jasper County 1,891 km2
9 Tama County 1,867 km2
10 Linn County 1,860 km2
11 Benton County 1,854 km2
12 Webster County 1,852 km2
13 Crawford County 1,849 km2
14 Harrison County 1,805 km2
15 Clinton County 1,800 km2
16 Monona County 1,795 km2
17 Winneshiek County 1,787 km2
18 Allamakee County 1,658 km2
19 Jackson County 1,647 km2
20 Johnson County 1,590 km2
21 Dubuque County 1,575 km2
22 Guthrie County 1,531 km2
23 Shelby County 1,531 km2
24 Lyon County 1,523 km2
25 Dallas County 1,518 km2
26 Iowa County 1,518 km2
27 Poweshiek County 1,515 km2
28 Franklin County 1,507 km2
29 Wright County 1,505 km2
30 Butler County 1,502 km2
31 Cedar County 1,502 km2
32 Keokuk County 1,500 km2
33 Delaware County 1,497 km2
34 Pocahontas County 1,497 km2
35 Cherokee County 1,494 km2
36 Hamilton County 1,494 km2
37 Sac County 1,492 km2
38 Buena Vista County 1,489 km2
39 Jones County 1,489 km2
40 O’Brien County 1,484 km2
41 Story County 1,484 km2
42 Boone County 1,481 km2
43 Marshall County 1,481 km2
44 Warren County 1,481 km2
45 Buchanan County 1,479 km2
46 Hancock County 1,479 km2
47 Mahaska County 1,479 km2
48 Calhoun County 1,476 km2
49 Polk County 1,476 km2
50 Adair County 1,474 km2
51 Carroll County 1,474 km2
52 Clay County 1,474 km2
53 Hardin County 1,474 km2
54 Washington County 1,474 km2
55 Cerro Gordo County 1,471 km2
56 Greene County 1,471 km2
57 Black Hawk County 1,469 km2
58 Cass County 1,461 km2
59 Palo Alto County 1,461 km2
60 Madison County 1,453 km2
61 Marion County 1,435 km2
62 Ringgold County 1,393 km2
63 Page County 1,386 km2
64 Taylor County 1,383 km2
65 Decatur County 1,378 km2
66 Wayne County 1,362 km2
67 Lee County 1,339 km2
68 Fremont County 1,323 km2
69 Chickasaw County 1,308 km2
70 Davis County 1,303 km2
71 Grundy County 1,303 km2
72 Floyd County 1,298 km2
73 Appanoose County 1,285 km2
74 Van Buren County 1,256 km2
75 Howard County 1,225 km2
76 Mitchell County 1,215 km2
77 Scott County 1,186 km2
78 Audubon County 1,147 km2
79 Muscatine County 1,137 km2
80 Mills County 1,132 km2
81 Jefferson County 1,127 km2
82 Henry County 1,124 km2
83 Humboldt County 1,124 km2
84 Monroe County 1,121 km2
85 Ida County 1,119 km2
86 Wapello County 1,119 km2
87 Clarke County 1,116 km2
88 Lucas County 1,116 km2
89 Bremer County 1,109 km2
90 Adams County 1,098 km2
91 Montgomery County 1,098 km2
92 Union County 1,098 km2
93 Des Moines County 1,077 km2
94 Louisa County 1,041 km2
95 Winnebago County 1,036 km2
96 Worth County 1,036 km2
97 Osceola County 1,033 km2
98 Emmet County 1,026 km2
99 Dickinson County 987 km2