A GUIDE TO THE CONGRESSIONAL RACES: OREGON

OREGON

Population (1994): 3,086,000 (up 8.6% from 1990); 1.2% of U.S. total

Voting-age population: 2,311,000; 1994 turnout, 41%

Median age: 35 years

Median household income: $31,456 ($808 below U.S. median)

Unemployment: 5.1% (0.5% below U.S. average, March 1996)

Last presidential election: Clinton (D): 42% Bush (R): 33% Perot (I): 24%

Congressional delegation: Four Democrats, three Republicans

Oregon's larger towns--including Eugene, Corvallis and Portland--are enclaves of high-tech industry, university students and environmentalists. Loggers in the Cascade Mountains, millworkers in towns like Roseburg ("Timber Capital of the Nation") and eastern Oregon farmers and ranchers, however, are more conservative, fueling the ongoing "lumber wars"...

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