- U.S. Post Office abbreviation for the state: IA
- the official (long) name of the state: "State of Iowa"
- Physical geography (mountains, rivers, plains, elevation, that sort of thing)
- National parks, etc.
- There are no national parks in Iowa.
- adjacent U.S. states, oceans, Great Lakes, Canadian provinces or Mexican states
- Cities (including state capital)
- Des Moines, state capital.
- Ames, Iowa, home of  Iowa State University
- Cedar Falls, Iowa, home of the  University of Northern Iowa
- Council Bluffs, Iowa
- Davenport, Iowa, home of Saint Ambrose University and Bettendorf, Iowa (two of the Quad Cities)
- Dubuque, Iowa
- Fayette, Iowa, home of Upper Iowa University
- Iowa City, Iowa, home of the ] University of Iowa
- Sioux City, Iowa
- Waterloo, Iowa
- List of counties (if someone wants to go to the trouble)
- There are 99 counties. Is this practical? maybe a subentry
- state population: 2,926,324 (2000 census)
- racial/ethnic makeup of state
- religious makeup of state
- State income
- Major industries/products: agriculture, insurance, manufacturing.
- state taxes
Law/Government of state [Note that all the U.S. states have similar legal and political systems, so maybe we only need to mention anything that makes the state distinct]
- Governors of Iowa
- legislature -- bicameral: Senate and House
- structure of state judicary
- information on state constitution
- does it have referenda?
- history prior to joining the United States
- First came under U.S. control as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Territorial government established (when?).
- Attained statehood in December 28, 1846 (the 29th state).
- major historical events that occured in state
Colleges/Universities in states
Sporting teams in state
- State bird: Eastern goldfinch
- State flower: wild rose
- State motto: "Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain"