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Offical Name State of Wisconsin
Nickname Badger State
Abbreviations WI, Wis., US-WI
Origin of Name Possibly "Long River" in Algonquian Indian language, or possibly "Grassy Place" or "Gathering Waters" in Chippewa Indian Language

Official Language None
Admission to Union 29 May 1848
Time Zone Central
Official Web Site www.wisconsin.gov

Capital Madison
Largest City Milwaukee
Population 5,363,675 (as of 2000 census)
Economy Agriculture: dairy products, corn, cranberries, ginseng, snap beans, oats, potatoes, carrots, cherries, maple syrup, sweet corn

Industry: food processing, transportation equipment, machinery manufacturing, paper products, healthcare, tourism

Area 65,498 square miles (169,790 km2)
Major Rivers Chippewa River, Mississippi River, St. Croix River, Wisconsin River
Major Lakes Lake Superior, Lake Winnebago, Lake Michigan
Highest Point Timms Hill - 1,951 feet (595 meters)
Bordering States Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota
Bordering Country None
Bordering Body of Water Lake Michiga, Lake Superior

Flag Wisconsin Flag
Motto Forward
Song On, Wisconsin!
Ballad Oh Wisconsin, Land of My Dreams
Waltz The Wisconsin Waltz
Animal Badger
Domestic Animal Dairy Cow
Wildlife Animal White-tailed Deer
Dog American Water Spaniel
Bird Robin
Insect Honeybee
Fish Muskellunge
Fossil Trilobite
Flower Wood Violet
Fruit Cranberry
Tree Sugar Maple
Beverage Milk
Grain Corn
Rock Red Granite
Mineral Galena
Soil Antigo Silt Loam
Dance Polka
Symbol of Peace Mourning Dove

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