The middle of the country can be a nebulous concept for those living on the coasts. I should know, I was born and raised in Iowa. More often than not, when given this information people respond with “Oh, the potato state?” And on a couple occasions I’ve gotten “That’s a funny way to say Ohio.”
But I’m not from Idaho or Ohio. I’m from Iowa. And I’m proud of it. Iowa is a state full of the hardest working, friendliest people you could ever hope to meet. When we pass each other on gravel roads, we always wave, even if we are total strangers. And Iowans are always willing to lend a hand to those in need.
Iowa is the heart of this country’s agricultural industry. Indeed, the state ranks as the world’s largest producer of corn, pork, and soybeans. But there’s so much more to Iowa than farmers. Believe it or not, Des Moines, the capital and largest city, is unexpectedly bustling with culture (and a few amazing tattoo artists). It has been consistently ranked as one of the best places for young people to move to start a career. One of the suburbs, Ankeny, is one of the fastest growing municipalities in the entire country. And Today has ranked Des Moines as America’s wealthiest city because of how far the spending power of the dollar can take you there.
I don’t know a single Iowan who isn’t proud to wear that label. And some of them take it even further, cementing their pride with tattoos. Here’s a look at a few pieces that celebrate what it is to be an Iowan.
That last one was too wacky not to include, plus it allows me to present you with an opportunity to get to know Sioux City.
So there you have it, some info about this state you probably knew nothing about. There's probably only about 40 or so more to go!