Birthplace of

Painter Grant Wood (1891–1942), actor John Wayne (1907–79), author Bill Bryson (b 1951)

Capital

Des Moines

Driving Distances

Dubuque to Chicago 180 miles, Des Moines to Rapid City 625 miles

Famous for

Iowa Caucuses that open the presidential election season, corn

Home of

Madison County's bridges

Nickname

Hawkeye State

Official Flower

Wild rose

Politics

Center-right with flashes of liberalism

Sales Tax

6% to 7%