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State Facts

Full Name

State of Iowa

Admitted to the Union (Rank)

December 28, 1846 (29th)

Population 2000 (Rank)

2,926,324 (30th)

Land Area (Rank)

55,869 square miles; 144,701 square kilometers (23rd)

Capital

Des Moines

Postal Abbreviation

IA

State Nicknames

Hawkeye State

Motto

Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain

Song

“Song of Iowa” (music by S.H.M. Byers)

State Symbols

  • Flower: Wild rose
  • Bird: Eastern goldfinch
  • Colors: Red, white, and blue (in state flag)

Economy

  • Agriculture:
    • Hogs,
    • corn,
    • soybeans,
    • oats,
    • cattle,
    • dairy products
  • Industry:
    • Food processing,
    • machinery,
    • electric equipment,
    • chemical products,
    • printing and publishing,
    • primary metals