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Many symbols of Iowa can be found in our Iowa coloring pages section. This includes state map outlines, the flag, state flower, famous landmarks, state animals and other symbols of the region. These printables make a great resource for student reports.

Check out the Iowa Unit of Study for all coloring pages, information, interactive puzzles, word jumbles, word searches, worksheets, and thematic book reviews. We even included a state quarter observation sheet!

Iowa OutlineState Name: Iowa
State Nickname: The Hawkeye State
State Capital: Des Moines
State Governor: Terry Branstad
State Abbreviation: Iowa
2 letter Postal Code: IA
Area: 56,290 square miles
Date Entered the Union: Dec. 28, 1846
State #: 29
Borders: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Missouri River, South Dakota, Nebraska, Mississippi River
Iowa flagFlag Meaning: Three vertical stripes make up the flag - blue, white and red. The colors represent the past association with French Louisiana. The eagle in the center of the white carries a blue banner with the words of the state motto. The flag is trimmed with gold fringe. It was adopted in 1921.
Number of U.S. Representatives: 5
State Motto: Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain
State Flower: Wild Rose
State Bird: Eastern Goldfinch
State Song: "Song of Iowa"
State Tree: Oak
10 Largest Cities (in order of size): Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Sioux City, Waterloo, Iowa City, Council Bluffs, Dubuque, West Des Moines, Ames
Famous Residents:
- William “Buffalo Bill” F. Cody, scout
- Johnny Carson, talk show host
- George H. Gallup, poll taker
- Herbert Hoover, president
- Ann Landers, columnist
- Cloris Leachman, actress
- Frederick L. Maytag, inventor and manufacturer
- Glenn Miller, bandleader
- Harriet Nelson, actress
- Harry Reasoner, TV commentator
- Donna Reed, actress
- Abigail Van Buren, columnist
- John Wayne, actor
- Andy Williams, singer
Attractions: Fort Madison, Grotto of the Redemption, Herbert Hoover's Birthplace, Little Brown Church, Old Ivins House, St Anthony's Chapel
Agriculture: corn, hog, cattle, poultry & eggs, dairy products
Industries: manufacturing
Natural Resources: coal, gypsum, lead, sand and gravel

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