Population (1994): 5,278,000 (up 3.1% from 1990), 2.0% of U.S. total
Voting-age population: 3,902,000; 1994 turnout, 45%
Median age: 33.5 years
Median household income: $30,190 ($2,074 below U.S. median)
Unemployment: 3.9% (1.7% below U.S. average, March 1996)
Last presidential election: Clinton (D): 44% Bush (R): 34% Perot (I): 22%
Congressional delegation: Six Democrats, five Republicans
Missouri, the birth state of Mark Twain and once the gateway to the West, the starting point of the Pony Express and the Santa Fe Trail, is a microcosm of America. Politically, it has voted for every presidential winner in the 20th century except...