Iowa State
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Iowa State Symbols, Facts & Info

The United States of America accepted Iowa as the 29th state to enter the union. Below, you will find the official state symbols and interesting facts about Iowa.

State Name:
Iowa

Abbreviation:
IA

Capital:
Des Moines

Date of Statehood:
December 28, 1846

Population:
2,966,334 (US Census 2005 estimate)

Primary Agriculture:
Iowa ranks first in the nation in grain harvested. Producing food, fuel, clothing and medicine for the world, agriculture is a leading industry in Iowa, a state with more than 100,000 farms. One Iowa farm family grows enough food and fiber to feed 279 people, one-fourth of whom live overseas.

Primary Industry:
The largest source of personal income for Iowans is manufacturing, followed by services, retail/wholesale trade and government. Twenty-four percent of America's pork and four percent of the nation's grain-fed beef are raised in Iowa.

Nickname:
The Hawkeye State

Motto:
Our liberties we prize, and our rights we will maintain.

Flower:
Wild Rose (Legislation of 1897)
Picture of the Wild Rose, the official state flower of Iowa.

Tree:
Oak (Legislation of 1961)

Bird:
American Goldfinch (Legislation of 1933)
Picture of the American+Goldfinch, the official state bird of Iowa.
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Fish:
None (Legislation Pending)

Insect:
None (Legislation Pending)

Gemstone:
Geode (Legislation of 1967)

Official State Seal:
Official State Seal of Iowa.
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Official State Flag:
Official State Flag of Iowa.
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State Commemorative Quarter:
From the 1999-2008 United States Mint 50 State Quarters® Program
Commemorative state quarter of Iowa.
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State Postage Stamp:
From the 2002 United States Postal Service Greetings from America series.
34 cent Greetings from America commemorative stamp of Iowa state.
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