"What's Interesting about Iowa?"

April 24, 2018

In a chic San Francisco eatery, a waiter interrogated my daughter and me on a recent college spring break trip to Northern California.

My first answer was, “well, there are more hogs in Iowa than people.”[i] 

While that is true, I thought, I can come up with a better answer than that!

Next I replied with a better and more California-esque fact, “Iowa generates and uses more wind energy than any other state in the country.”[ii]

I won’t be caught unaware again. I’ve decided to brush up on my Iowa facts for the next time a snooty server decides to look down his nose at our Midwestern paradise.

  1. Iowa is the Best State in the US, according to US News and World Report[iii], based on factors such as education, health care, infrastructure and economy.

  2. At 99%, Iowa boasts the highest literacy rate in the nation[iv].

  3. The first female lawyer, Arabella Mansfield, was from Iowa.[v]

  4. Iowa was named the best state in the nation for retirement in 2018 by MoneyRates.com.

  5. The first computer was created at Iowa State University in the 1940’s.[vi]

  6. Iowa is the 8th best state in the country to raise a family, based on activities, health, safety, education and affordability.[vii]

  7. Iowa is ranked #2 in best cost of doing business according to Business Facilities magazine.[viii]

  8. The current unemployment rate in Iowa is 2.8%, the 6th lowest in the country.

  9. “The greatest thing since sliced bread.”  In 1912, Otto Frederick Rohwedder, from Davenport, Iowa, invented the device that would cut bread into consistently-sized slices.[ix]

  10. Entertainers from Iowa: Ashton Kutcher, Johnny Carson, Elijah Wood, Tom Arnold, John Wayne, Donna Reed.

I could go on and on, but we’d rather you come to Iowa and see for yourself!  When you’re here, visit our attractive, affordable manufactured homes in Iowa at 5410 Wabash St. SW in Cedar Rapids.  We have a wide selection of new and used manufactured homes.  Financing is available to qualified buyers.  Call us today (319) 377-4863.

[i] There’s about 21 million hogs and pigs in Iowa and 3.1 million people. https://www.statista.com/statistics/194371/top-10-us-states-by-number-of-hogs-and-pigs/

[ix] https://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/iowa-stories-detail?id=215


Iowa is also the birthplace of Grant Wood, who painted the iconic American Gothic based on a farmhouse in Eldon, Iowa.


Ron R.
on 05/29/18
Another good one -

In 1933, the University of Iowa became the first American university to broadcast TV


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