Median age: 38.1.
Percentage of population 65 and over: 14.9 percent.
91.3 percent white, 2.9 percent black, 5 percent Hispanic or Latino origin, 1.7 percent Asian.
Language other than English spoken at home: 6.4 percent.
High school graduate: 89.6 percent.
Bachelor's degree or higher: 24.2 percent.
Median household income: $48,065.
People below poverty level: 11.8 percent.
Homeownership rate: 72.9 percent.
2008 PRESIDENTIAL RESULTS:
Barack Obama, 54 percent; John McCain, 44 percent.
IOWA QUICK FACTS:
_ Iowa is the nation's leader in production of hogs, corn, soybeans and eggs.
_ Roughly 90 percent of the state's land is farmed.
_ Though known for its farms, nearly 60 percent of Iowans live in cities. The largest is Des Moines, followed by Cedar Rapids and Davenport.
_ Iowa is one of six states where same-sex marriage is legal, following a 2009 Iowa Supreme Court decision.
_ Iowa's population is growing, but slowly. The state will drop to four congressional seats in 2012.
_ The state's unemployment rate has held below national levels and stands at 5.7 percent.