A look at NH, home of first-in-nation primary

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Posted: Jan 10, 2012 2:27 AM
A look at NH, home of first-in-nation primary

A profile of New Hampshire, site of the nation's first presidential primary:

NUMBERS:

Population: 1,316,470.

AGE:

Median age: 41.1.

Percentage of population 65 and over: 13.5 percent.

RACE:

93.9 percent white, 1.1 percent black, 2.2 percent Asian, 2.8 percent Hispanic or Latino origin.

LANGUAGE:

Language other than English spoken at home: 8.1 percent.

EDUCATION:

High school graduate: 90.5 percent.

Bachelor's degree or higher: 32.4 percent.

MONEY:

Median household income: $60,734.

Families below poverty level: 8.6 percent.

Homeownership rate: 73 percent.

2008 PRESIDENTIAL RESULTS:

Barack Obama, 53 percent; John McCain, 44 percent.

REGISTERED VOTERS:

Republican, 231,611.

Democratic, 223,151.

Undeclared, 312,621.

N.H. QUICK FACTS:

_ New Hampshire's economy is growing faster than the regional average.

_ New Hampshire and Alaska are the only states with neither a general income tax nor a general sales tax.

_ Once known for textile mills and shoe factories, it now boasts of high-tech workers.

_ The state is closely tied economically to the rest of New England and especially to neighboring Massachusetts.

_ It's 84 percent forested.