What Family Does Iron Belong To?

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Iron belongs to the family of transition metals. Like main group metals, transition metals are hard, conduct both heat and electricity and are malleable. One of the few differences is that transition metals are more electronegative.

Iron, like its other family members, has both high melting and boiling points and high electrical conductivity. Iron is in group eight and has an atomic number of 26. It is the fourth most common element in the Earth's crust and also exists in the sun and stars. It is necessary for human life and is a vital component of the blood of human beings.