Des Moines, Iowa: Ten months before the US general election, the process to determine the party nominees for president kicks off Monday in Iowa.
Here are some facts and figures about the Midwestern state and its caucuses:
- 3.1 million: The population of Iowa
- 92: The percentage of Iowans who are white
- 1,681: The number of caucus precincts in the state's 99 counties
- 20: Average percentage of eligible caucus-goers who turn out to participate
- 17: The age at which you can take part in a caucus, as long as you turn 18 by the date of the general election
- 1972: The year Iowa received its first-in-the-nation primary election status
- 100,000: The average daily attendance at the Iowa State Fair, the 11-day summer festival considered an essential stop for presidential candidates
- 1: Number of presidents who were born in Iowa (Herbert Hoover, in office from 1929 to 1933)
- 1,760: The distance in kilometres between Iowa and New Hampshire, the state that holds the nation's next primary vote on February 9.