Population (1994): 6,041,000 (up 0.4% from 1990), 2.3% of U.S. total
Voting-age population: 4,564,000; 1994 turnout, 47%
Median age: 33.6 years
Median household income: $40,500 ($8,236 above U.S. median)
Unemployment: 4.8% (0.8% below U.S. average, March 1996)
Last presidential election: Clinton (D): 48% Bush (R): 29% Perot (I): 22%
Congressional delegation: 10 Democrats, two Republicans
When the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth in 1620, they became the first chapter in the Massachusetts story. Their descendants are farmers in the state's western meadows, computer technicians in Boston and fishermen in the seaports, and they share a reverence for history and local heroes--everyone...