Nicknamed as the Hawkeye State, Iowa is the 29th state of the United States. It is the only state that is bordered by the rivers on both its eastern (Mississippi River) and western (Missouri River and Big Sioux River) sides. Iowa also has a strong French and Spanish colonial past. Despite the image of Iowa being an agricultural state, other industries such as finance and insurance, manufacturing, government services and biotechnology have also formed part of Iowa’s currently diversified economy. Iowa is now one of the safest and most business-friendly states in recent years. Its capital and largest city is Des Moines.