#27. Iowa



– Share of state experiencing drought conditions (20-year average): 18,054 sq. mi. (32.1% of land area); 914,588 people (30.4% of population)

— Moderate drought: 10,098 sq. mi. (17.9% of land area); 519,271 people (17.2% of population)

— Severe drought: 4,776 sq. mi. (8.5% of land area); 235,182 people (7.8% of population)

— Extreme drought: 1,218 sq. mi. (2.2% of land area); 57,981 people (1.9% of population)

— Exceptional drought: 23 sq. mi.; 1,072 people

Iowa is currently facing conditions ranging from abnormally dry to extreme drought. Farms are suffering as a result: Crop yields are low and there are commodity shortages. Between August 2011 and June 2014, the state suffered through nearly three years of drought for 151 weeks straight.

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