Iowa vs Afghanistan (Statistical Comparison)

Iowa is a state in the United States of America located in the Midwestern region of the country, whereas Afghanistan is a landlocked country located at the crossroads of Central and South Asia. Today in this article, we will discuss the comparison between Iowa and Afghanistan regarding various aspects.


Is Iowa bigger than Afghanistan ?

The total area of Iowa is 55,857.1 sq mi, and the total area of Afghanistan is 252,073 sq mi. Iowa is smaller than Afghanistan by 196,215.9 sq mi. Iowa is around 4.52 times smaller than Afghanistan.

Area of Iowa: 55,857.1 sq mi ( 144,669.2 km2 )

Area of Iowa compared to Afghanistan

Area of Afghanistan:  252,073 sq mi ( 652,867 km2 )

Area of Afghanistan compared to Iowa


According to the United States Census Bureau, the total population of Iowa as of 1st July 2021 was estimated to be around 3,193,079.

Population of Iowa compared to Afghanistan

Based on the World Bank data, the total population of Afghanistan as of 2020, was estimated to be around 38,928,341.

Population of Afghanistan compared to Iowa

Here is some more data comparison between Iowa and Afghanistan .

The capital of Iowa is Des Moines, and the capital city of Afghanistan is Kabul.

Official Languages

Iowa: English
Afghanistan: Pashto, Dari Persian


Iowa: Iowan
Afghanistan: Afghan

ISO 3166 Code

Iowa: US-IA
Afghanistan: AF

Human Development Index

HDI of Iowa as of 2019: 0.935
HDI of Afghanistan as of 2019: 0.511

Iowa Time Zone: 

UTC − 6 (Central Standard Time)

Summer (DST):
UTC − 5 (Central Daylight Time)

Afghanistan Time Zone: 

UTC + 4:30 (Solar Hijri Calendar)

Geological Coordinates

Coordinates of Iowa:
42° 4′ 30.36″ N, 93° 29′ 45.6″ W

Coordinates of Afghanistan:
33° 0′ 0″ N65° 0′ 0″ E

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