Have any of you heard of the state Iowa? What ideas do you...

@sbeauty (5871)
United States
December 9, 2006 5:58pm CST
have about it as a state? I've heard some pretty trite opinions over the year that just are true, such as that all Iowans are farmers, which I've never been in my life. Then I met people in Tennessee who had never even heard of Iowa. What do you think?
14 responses
@stellarjade (1240)
• United States
10 Dec 06
I am originally from Iowa. And the stereotype that all iowans are farmers, is so not true. I lived in the city, and have never been on a farm. I have found that not alot of people have heard of iowa.
@sbeauty (5871)
• United States
10 Dec 06
Thank you for corroborating my story that people haven't heard of Iowa. It's hard to believe that people in this country take geography in school and have never heard of Iowa. I've known all 50 states for as long as I can remember, and I can't help but wonder where they missed the boat.
@Asylum (48283)
• Manchester, England
10 Dec 06
How can anyone possibly imagine a state of farmers? This would suggest the the people living in Iowa have no shops, no public transport or libraries, police force or any other standard facilities. I can just picture someone travelling to the next state to visit a restaraunt or find a lawyer etcetera.
@sbeauty (5871)
• United States
10 Dec 06
We have all of those things here in Iowa. We have large cities that have anything anyone could want. Iowa started as a farm state when the pioneers came west and settled as small farmers, and there are still a lot of farms on the level areas in the state. However, we grew past just being a farm state long ago. Iowa being a farm state is always hyped on TV, so that is probably what people think of. On Extreme Makeover a few weeks ago, they were building a home for a farm family. They even had the audacity of crashing 3 farm combines into each other and saying that that's a favorite passtime here. Wrong! Combines are VERY expensive pieces of equipment, and no one goes around having demolition derbies with them.
@LovingIt (5398)
• United States
10 Dec 06
I think if there is anyone in the US that has not heard of another one of the states in the US, then that's really sad. How could a person receive even an elementary school education and not know the 50 states? Of course I've heard of Iowa and I'm not from that state. I've only been there once and was only there for a 2 day business trip. The thing I remember the most about it was the wind and the fact that the land was very flat. I thought it was just a really windy couple of days but I was told that it's normal for it to be that way there. I did see a lot of farms there also. In face the hotel where I stayed was surrounded by corn fields.
@sbeauty (5871)
• United States
10 Dec 06
Of course there are farms here, because it would be a waste of flat, fertile land if there weren't. And since the cities are expanding out farther and farther, the edge of towns often include cornfields. We just built in a cornfield at the edge of a town. However, there was no corn here when we bought the land. We had to get rid of a lot of old cornstalks, though. As for wind, we have some windy days, but most days are pretty calm just like anywhee else. I think it might seem windier because there are no mountains and forests here to stop the wind.
• United States
13 Dec 06
i agree, but you would be amazed at how many people dont even know the states.
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
10 Dec 06
How could you not have heard of Iowa? Everyone learns the 50 states in school and they are usually one of the deciding states in every presidental election. I live in Iowa for a year and a half. I lived in the city. Everyone I knew worked in the city. Yes, there were a few farms, but I didn't know any farmers. My exhusbands family lives in Iowa and none of them are farmers. Where do people get these ideas?
@sbeauty (5871)
• United States
10 Dec 06
I've always lived in cities, too. I was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, I went to college in Cedar Falls, I raised my kids in Marshalltown, and now I'm close to Des Moines. True we live in a little town and have a cornfield across the street, but we still live in town. We bought land here because it was much cheaper than in the city.
@loved1 (5338)
• United States
13 Dec 06
Wow what a small world. I used to hang out with a buddy in Des Moines all the time, used to attend college at UNI and currently attend church in Cedar Falls. However I live in a smaller city that is surrounded by farmland. I have many friends who are farmers and they are intelligent businessmen and hard workers. It is just a silly stereotype like everyone who rides a Harley is a Hell's angel. HAHA I went to England about 20 years ago and they thought everyone in the United States wore a cowboy hat and had a Texas accent like the people on the Dallas TV show. I think I laughed for two days. They were so shocked!
@deebomb (15323)
• United States
10 Dec 06
state of Iowa - State of Iowa
I find it amusing that some people always stereotype people from different states. I'm from Nebraska next Iowa. Nebraskans are supposed to be backward hicks. Thinking all Iowans are farmers is like some New Yorkers thinking that the cowboys and indians are still fighting against each other. If people from Tennessee have never heard of Iowa then their education is lacking because they should have been taught something about all 50 states Iowa is always in the news at election time
@sbeauty (5871)
• United States
10 Dec 06
Yeah, those of us in Iowa and Nebraska are pretty much thought of as being the same. We're all a bunch of hicks. Right! Thanks for your response.
• United States
13 Dec 06
haha, thats funny. i have never thought of myself as a hick. ugh, the ignorance of people.
@kgwat70 (13398)
• United States
10 Dec 06
I have heard of Iowa and all the other US States but have never been there personally and do not know the history of Iowa. My parents went there on vacation a couple years ago and they liked it. They said there was a lot of farmland out there. There are people out there that have never heard of Delaware either. LOL
@sbeauty (5871)
• United States
10 Dec 06
Well, I suppose there are un-knowledgeable people everywhere. I have heard of Delaware and every other state. Thanks for answering.
@Asylum (48283)
• Manchester, England
10 Dec 06
I think that it is appalling that someone from Tennessee has never heard of Iowa. If you had asked them what country Tennessee was in they would have been very shocked, so they should know all the states. I come from the UK, but at least I am able to name all 50 states. I must confess that my knowledge of Iowa is very limited. It is situated Midwest and I believe the capital is Des Moines (Please forgive me if I have got this wrong). To the best of my knowledge the name Iowa came from the original indian people living there. Even those who have never heard of Iowa will have heard of a famous person who was born there, since it is the birthplace of John Wayne. As for stereotyping, I have no picture or opinion in my mind about Iowans and consider it in the same way that I consider most places. The people of Iowa are no doubt a variety of people.
@sbeauty (5871)
• United States
10 Dec 06
Thank you! We are indeed a state of many different people. We have a large Hispanic population and also communities of Asian and Sudanese people. We have several Amish communities, too. Des Moines is the capital, and I now live only about half an hour from Des Moines. John Wayne's birthplace is in Winterset which is about an hour west of us. Winterset is also the home of the bridges of Madison County with the bestselling book of the same name having been written by an Iowa author, James Waller, who was a professor at UNI where I went to college. President Herbert Hoover was born and buried in Iowa. I wonder if people who have never heard of Iowa have ever heard of these things. Thanks for your response!
@isasice (2015)
• Iceland
13 Dec 06
Yes I have heard about it and even learned about it in college. I have to admit though that the first thing that comes to mind is potatoes when I hear Iowa mentioned. :) I haven't really been to Iowa, only passed through a couple of times and think I didn't see much of it other than some fast food restaurants. I have a few friends who lived there and they loved it there. It's amazing how ignorant people can be about their country and the world around them. Not trying to be offensive to anyone but some people seem to think there is nothing outside of their home town. Many people believed me that I lived in an igloo in Iceland and then they asked me if I drove over to the US or took the train!
@caribe (2465)
• United States
12 Dec 06
I have been to Des Moines a couple of times. Iowa seemed like a nice state to me. It is odd how people have preconceived ideas about various states. I lived in Arkansas a number of years and I loved it there and found it to be a wonderful place to live. But Arkansas is always getting a bad rap. As far as not ever hearing of Iowa, it makes you wonder if they slept through all their classes in school. That is as crazy as when I told someone I was moving to Nicaragua, and they asked what part of Mexico it was in. I have family that think I eat Mexican food everyday. They hardly know what Mexican Food is here and their version of it is very different.
• United States
10 Dec 06
Lived here all my life. I grew up in a small town of about 500 and moved to the city. Iowa is very much a farm based state. Almsot everyone I know is either into farming or has something to do with it in one way or another. They either grow the crops, genetically work on the seeds or work on the software for the combines and tractors. Iowa will always be known for growing crop, and raising animals, and from what I've seen that's about all there really is for Iowa. Iowa really doesn't have the culture of other states. We don't have any great theater, or anything like that. I hate to say it but we really are one of the hick states.
@ReginaGY (63)
• Germany
10 Dec 06
I can't believe there are Americans who've never heard of Iowa!!! And Tennessee isn't that far away at all! I live in Germany and of course I know that Iowa exists... BUt then again, that's about it; There's nothing I could associate with Iowa; no bigger city or no famous persons I'd knew that are in/from Iowa... I don't know about the agriculture there, but I assume there is not much going on at all... just normal people living there lives...
@Sailor (1161)
• United States
10 Dec 06
BB-62 - BB-62
It is a shame, but in a country that is supposed to be as advance as the U.S., most people don't travel outside their communities!
@ESKARENA1 (18300)
10 Dec 06
one of the mid west states of the usa i would imagine faming is thwe largest employer, isnt it?
@vmoore709 (1102)
• United States
10 Dec 06
Wow, if you live in the US and haven't heard of Iowa, you must live away from books, TV and newspapers. People stereotype people all the time, so don't believe everything you hear.
@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
10 Dec 06
I've lived in Iowa for 3 years and not all the people that live there are farmers. They have the same life just like everybody else in other states.