Real Estate Iowa
The State of Iowa is a landlocked state in the Midwestern region of the United States of America. It is bordered by Minnesota to the north, Wisconsin and Illinois to the east, Nebraska and South Dakota to the west, and Missouri to the south. It is the 29th state of the United States, having joined the Union on December 28, 1846.
Originally inhabited by the Ioway people, a Siouan tribe of Native Americans, modern Iowa was a part of the French colony of New France. After the Louisiana Purchase, Iowa was settled by immigrants from western Europe and Scandinavia, who laid the foundation for a farming and agriculture-based economy which continues to this day. It is officially known as the "Hawkeye State, " and unofficially known as the "Tall Corn State."
The Mississippi River separates Iowa from Illinois and Wisconsin to form the eastern boundary of the state. The Missouri River on the west edge of the state forms the boundary with Nebraska (with the exception of Carter Lake).The Big Sioux River in the northwest corner of the state forms the North/South boundary with South Dakota. To the north lies Minnesota and to the south lies Missouri. There are several natural lakes in the state, most notably Spirit Lake, West Okoboji Lake, and East Okoboji Lake in northwest Iowa (see Iowa Great Lakes).To the east lies Clear Lake, Iowa. Man-made lakes include Lake Odessa, Saylorville Lake, Lake Red Rock, Coralville Lake, Lake MacBride and Rathbun Lake.
Iowa's natural vegetation is the Tallgrass prairie and Savanna while the topography of the state is gently rolling plains. Loess hills lie along the western border of the state, some of which are several hundred feet thick. In the northeast, along the Mississippi River, is a section of the Driftless Zone, which in Iowa consists of valleys filled with conifers—a landscape not usually associated with this state.
The point of lowest elevation is Keokuk in southeastern Iowa, at 480 feet (146 m). The point of highest elevation, at 1, 670 feet (509 m), is Hawkeye Point, located in a feedlot north of Sibley in northwest Iowa. The mean elevation of the state is 1, 099 feet (335 m). Considering the size of the state at 56, 271 square miles (145, 743 km²), there is very little elevation difference.
Iowa has 99 counties but 100 county seats because Lee County has two. The state capital, Des Moines, is located in Polk County.
Iowa has the highest average radon concentrations in the nation due to significant glaciation that ground the granitic rocks from the Canadian Shield and deposited it as soils making up the rich Iowa farmland. Many cities within the state, such as Iowa City have passed requirements for radon resistant construction in all new homes.
Tami Miller, RE/MAX Real Estate Center Ames, Iowa State University, Story County
Carolin Gibson, Iowa Realty Des Moines, West Des Moines, Clive, Waukee, Urbandale, Johhston, Windsor Heights, Norwalk
Keith & Ron Brockmeyer, Lakeland Realty of Iowa Okoboji, Lost Island Lake
Benchmark Real Estate Kalona
Lynn Leaders, Key Real Estate Council Bluffs
Dick Ramsey, Skogman Realty Linn County
Parson Real Estate Co. Charles City
Jayne Farrell, Buyers First Realty Dubuque, Asbury, Durango
Sharon Nelson and Shari White, RE/MAX Real Estate Center Ames, Nevada, Gilbert
Spencer Realty Inc. Spencer
Iowa, IA directory of cities, towns and districts.
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