A GUIDE TO THE CONGRESSIONAL RACES: RHODE ISLAND

RHODE ISLAND

Population (1994): 997,000 (down 0.7% from 1990), 0.4% of U.S. total

Voting-age population: 764,000; 1994 turnout, 46%

Median age: 34 years

Median household income: $31,928 ($336 below U.S. median)

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

Last presidential election: Clinton (D): 47% Bush (R): 29% Perot (I): 23%

Congressional delegation: Three Democrats, one Republican

"Little Rhody" may be the smallest state, but it doesn't lack character. Once a haven for political refugees from the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the free spirit survived the Revolution, and Rhode Island was the last of original 13 states to join the new...

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