Background: Old Capitol, Iowa City,
Author Bill Whittaker

Discovering and Moving to Iowa

Moving to Iowa

History, Geography, Homes, and State Resources of Iowa

Iowa is situated between the rivers of the Missouri and the Mississippi right in the heartland of American. The state is mostly rural dotted with smaller towns and the intermittent mid-sized city. Although Iowa is pretty much unfamiliar to people living outside the state and often confused with Idaho, natives are fiercely proud to live in the Hawkeye state. If you’re relocating to the state of Iowa, you’ll discover a low cost of living along with low crime rates plus lots of wide open space, and friendly neighborhoods with a focus on family life.

The first Europeans to visit the area were the French explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet in 1673. The U.S. obtained control of the area in 1803 as part of the Louisiana Purchase, and during the first half of the 19th century, there was heavy fighting between white settlers and Indians. Lands were taken from the Indians after the Black Hawk War in 1832 and again in 1836 and 1837.

When Iowa became a state in 1846, its capital was Iowa City; the more centrally located Des Moines became the new capital in 1857. At that time, the state's present boundaries were also drawn.


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