Iowa is located in Midwestern region of the United States. Like other states in the Midwest, Iowa has a humid continental climate, meaning it experiences both extreme heat and extreme cold. Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes are also common throughout the state.
In July 2012, the population of Iowa was 3,074,186, according to the United States Census Bureau. That makes it the 30th most populous state out of the 50 states. The largest city in the state is Des Moines, which has a population of 206,688 (as of July 2012). Des Moines is a major center for the insurance industry. In 2011, Forbes magazine ranked Des Moines as the top city in America for young professionals.
Nursing outlook in the state:
In May 2012, there were 32,170 nurses employed in the state of Iowa. Out of 1,000 jobs in the state, 21.871 of those employed were registered nurses. The location quotient for field is 1.08, which means there are more nursing jobs located in Iowa than the national average. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses is expected to grow 26 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. As the population in Iowa grows, so will the need for registered nurses.
There are a number of state-based scholarships and grants offered in Iowa:
- All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship – for students who do well in high school and demonstrate financial need. In order to qualify, students must being taking college classes within two academic years of high school graduation.
- Iowa Grant – for undergraduate students that attend Iowa college and universities. Priority is given to students whose parent was a public safety worker killed in the line of duty.
- Iowa Tuition Grant – for undergraduate students interested in attending an Iowa private college or university.
- Iowa Vocational-Technical Tuition Grant – for Iowa residents enrolled at community colleges in the state.
- Kibbie Grant (Iowa Skilled Workforce Shortage Tuition Grant) – for Iowa residents enrolled in specific programs at community colleges in the state.