A look at Iowa, home of first vote of '12 campaign

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Posted: Jan 03, 2012 2:35 AM
A look at Iowa, home of first vote of '12 campaign

NUMBERS:

Population: 3,046,355.

AGE:

Median age: 38.1.

Percentage of population 65 and over: 14.9 percent.

RACE:

91.3 percent white, 2.9 percent black, 5 percent Hispanic or Latino origin, 1.7 percent Asian.

LANGUAGE:

Language other than English spoken at home: 6.4 percent.

EDUCATION:

High school graduate: 89.6 percent.

Bachelor's degree or higher: 24.2 percent.

MONEY:

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.

REGISTERED VOTERS:

Republican, 613,521.

Democratic, 645,475.

Undeclared, 717,890.

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.