Population (1994): 3,258,000 (up 3.6% from 1990), 1.2% of U.S. total
Voting-age population: 2,394,000; 1994 turnout, 42%
Median age: 33.2 years
Median household income: $26,991 ($5,273 below U.S. median)
Unemployment: 4.4% (1.2% below U.S. average, March 1996) Last presidential election: Clinton (D): 34% Bush (R): 43% Perot (I): 23%
Congressional delegation: One Democrat, seven Republicans
Oklahoma is no stranger to boom-and-bust upheavals. Fickle forces, from the 1930s dust-bowl drought to the 1995 terrorist bombing, have etched the Sooners with a distinct skepticism. Buoyed by the growth of the service sector, Oklahoma's economy is stable, but past upheavals have reverberated in...