We all love to learn little nuggets and tidbits about the state we live in. Be it a celebrity who's from the state, or an invention created in our state, we all love to know a little bit more about where we live.

But one little Iowa "fact" that I hear thrown around a lot, and I mean a lot is actually very untrue.

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Stop me if you've heard this one, maybe even used it yourself: Iowa is so flat!

Admit it, you've said it! You've thought it! You've screamed it at the top of your lungs driving down a highway staring at fields to your left and right and thinking that very "fact."

But is that a fact? Not at all.

Photo by Demian Tejeda-Benitez on Unsplash
Parts of Iowa sure do seem flat, right? Photo by Demian Tejeda-Benitez on Unsplash
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Iowa "flat" facts

Iowa is far from the flattest state. In fact, it's not even in the top ten for flattest U.S. states. Using the website World Population as a source (backed up on other sites as well), the flattest state, and it's pretty obvious if you've been there, is actually Florida.

Other flatter than Iowa states, include our neighbors Illinois and Minnesota. Yep, Minnesota is flatter than Iowa.

The top ten flattest states are:

  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • North Dakota
  • Louisiana
  • Minnesota
  • Delaware
  • Kansas (also commonly thought to be the flattest)
  • Texas
  • Nevada
  • Indiana

So there you have it. The ten flattest states, none of which are Iowa. So where does Iowa fall in the flattest state by ranking?

We're the 13th flattest. So, still pretty flat. But again, not THEE flattest. That's a win, right?

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