雖然有時被稱為「玉米之州」(Corn State)，但愛荷華其實是美國的產糧地區，境內有90%的土地都是農地。主要的出產品是玉米及豬肉。以愛荷華河為名，而這條河流是為了紀念愛荷華人，或稱愛荷華族印地安人。愛荷華於1846年加入聯邦，成為美國第29州。它的州花是野玫瑰，而首府是第蒙(Des Moines)。
Although it is sometimes called the "Corn State," Iowa really is a breadbasket for the U.S., with 90 percent of its land devoted to farming. The main products are corn and hogs. Named for the Iowa River, which was named for the Iowa, or Ioway, Indians, Iowa joined the Union in 1846 as the 29th state. The wild rose is the state flower and the capital is Des Moines.