Iowa is the 26th largest state in the U.S. in terms of total area. It has a population of just over 3 million residents, making it the 30th largest state in terms of total population and 36th in the U.S. in terms of population density. Iowa is considered to be the breadbasket of the United States, despite its economic shift away from agriculture in recent years. First settled by Americans in 1833 it was organized as the Iowa Territory in 1838 and admitted as a state in 1846.
Despite its small size the state of Iowa has a fairly extensive transportation network. This is primarily due to the fact that the state lies near the center of the state, so there are several different interstate routes running through it. I-29 runs north-south through Council Bluffs and Sioux City, while I-35 runs north-south through the center of the state and passes through Des Moines, the state’s largest city. I-74 shoots off of I-80, which in turn runs through several major cities including Iowa City, Council Bluffs and Des Moines. Most major metropolitan areas in Iowa are covered by these interstates, which makes it easier to transport vehicles at lower prices to or from many places in the state.
During the summer months Iowa experiences relatively high temperatures during the day. Average highs during the summertime reach into the low-to-mid 80’s, while overnight lows tend to drop down into the mid-to-upper 60’s. During the winter months, however, is where you will see the most problems in terms of transporting to or from Iowa. Snowfall is common throughout the state; this makes it harder for auto transporters to transport vehicles in or out of Iowa, as wintry conditions can wreak havoc on auto transport trucks. It does not help that despite the major interstates and population centers there is still not much in Iowa, which makes it less appealing for transporters to take loads to or from.
Long based on agriculture, especially corn and wheat, Iowa’s economy has slowly begun to diversify and today is quite diverse for a state of its humble beginnings. Manufacturing has supplanted agriculture as the state’s largest economic sector, though much of that has to do with food processing – major corporations such as Monsanto and Con Agra are headquartered and have processing facilities in the state. Aside from food production and manufacturing, however, banking and finance is another major part of the state’s economy, in addition to insurance. Several different major insurance companies and banking institutions call Iowa home as well. Tourism and retail are, of course, also staples of the economy of Iowa.
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