Iowa vs South Africa (Statistical Comparison)

Iowa is a state in the United States of America located in the Midwestern region of the country, whereas South Africa is a country located in the Southern part of Africa. Today in this article, we will discuss the comparison between Iowa and South Africa regarding various aspects.


Is Iowa bigger than South Africa?

The total area of Iowa is 55,857.1 sq mi, and the total area of South Africa is 471,445 sq mi. Iowa is smaller than South Africa by 415,587.9 sq mi. Iowa is around 8.44 times smaller than South Africa.

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

Area of Iowa compared to South Africa

Area of South Africa:  471,445 sq mi ( 1,221,037 km2 )

Area of South Africa 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 South Africa

Based on the World Bank data, the total population of South Africa as of 2020, was estimated to be around 59,308,690.

Population of South Africa compared to Iowa

Here is some more data comparison between Iowa and South Africa.

The capital of Iowa is Des Moines, and the capital city of South Africa is Cape Town.

Official Languages

Iowa: English
South Africa: There are 11 official languages of South Africa.


Iowa: Iowan
South Africa: South African

ISO 3166 Code

Iowa: US-IA
South Africa: ZA

Human Development Index

HDI of Iowa as of 2019: 0.935
HDI of South Africa as of 2019: 0.709

Iowa Time Zone: 

UTC − 6 (Central Standard Time)

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

South Africa Time Zone: 

UTC + 2 (South African Standard Time)

Geological Coordinates

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

Coordinates of South Africa:
30° 0′ 0″ S25° 0′ 0″ E

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