Appealing Ankeny is a tidy suburb about ten miles north of Des Moines and six miles east of recreation favorite Saylorville Lake in pastoral central Iowa. This is a wholesome place, and residents seem to love living here.
Iowa is known for its state fairs, down to earth people and often severe weather (it averages 37 tornados and 50 days of severe thunderstorms each year). As if to compensate for the sometimes wild weather, Iowa is one of the safest states in which to live. Its nickname is the Hawkeye State.
Bordered on three sides by rivers, the Mississippi to the east, the Missouri to the west and the Des Moines on the south, Iowa boasts a sweeping landscape of tallgrass prairie and cornstalk fields. Not surprsingly, its economy has been based in agriculture for much of its history. In recent years, though, the state has diversified into financial services, green energy production and manufacturing.
Iowa was a part of French Louisiana and Spanish Louisiana during the Colonial period, and its state flag is based France's flag. The first American settlers arrived in the area in 1833. Iowa joined the Union in 1846 and supported the North during the Civil War.
Interesting sites include the Iowa River Valley, Snake Alley (nothing to do with snakes) and Pikes Peak State Park (nothing to do with the Colorado mountain).
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