Population (1994): 4,315,000 (up 2.2% from 1990), 1.7% of U.S. total
Voting-age population: 3,100,000; 1994 turnout, 27%
Median age: 31 years
Median household income: $25,676 ($6,588 below U.S. median)
Unemployment: 6.2% (0.6% above U.S. average, March 1996)
Last presidential election: Clinton (D): 46% Bush (R): 41% Perot (I): 12%
Congressional delegation: Four Democrats, five Republicans
Louisiana has an exceptional past: until the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, the land that would become the state had been colonized mainly by French, Spanish and French-speaking Acadians, and it has the strongest French cultural inheritance of any of the states. Louisianans have unfortunately...