CNA Jobs in IA
Iowa was admitted to the union as the 29th state on December 28, 1846. As a Midwestern state, Iowa forms a bridge between the forests of the east and the grasslands of the high prairie plains to the west. Its gently rolling landscape rises slowly as it extends westward from the Mississippi River, which forms its entire eastern border. The Missouri River and its tributary, the Big Sioux, form the western border, making Iowa the only U.S. state that has two parallel rivers defining its borders. Iowa is bounded by the states of Minnesota to the north; Wisconsin to the east; Illinois to the southeast; Missouri to the south, across the Missouri River; Nebraska to the west; South Dakota to the northwest.
Iowa’s largest cities are Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, in descending order of population. With a total area of 56 845 sq km (21 752 sq mi), Iowa is slightly more than half the size of the state of New York. It ranks low in population (3rd, after North Dakota and Alaska), but it is one of the most productive farming states. Comprising a large part of the eastern half of the Corn Belt, Iowa produces more corn and hogs than any other state; corn accounts for over 60% of its total farm receipts. Other leading crops include hay, soybeans, and oats. The western third of the state is devoted to farms raising beef cattle and sheep. Iowa leads the United States in the production of hosiery and furniture. Lead and zinc mines also are important sources of income to Iowa’s economy, as are quarries that produce limestone for cement plants.
Manufactures include processed foods, electrical machinery and equipment, fabricated metals, and farm implements. The state’s growing industries (including finance and insurance) and its developing service sector give Iowa the nation’s second-highest per capita income (after Connecticut).
A historic center of U.S. agriculture, Iowa suffered a severe downturn in the 1980s as a result of high-interest loans, low grain prices, and overproduction. By the early 1990s, however, its economy had stabilized, thanks in part to an increase in nonfarm employment. Manufacturers have also made significant gains at the expense of farmers as the state’s population growth has slowed.