A GUIDE TO THE CONGRESSIONAL RACES: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Population (1994): 570,000 (down 6.1% from 1990), 0.2% of U.S. total

Voting-age population: 452,000; 1994 turnout, 40%

Median age: 33.5 years

Median household income: $30,116 ($2,148 below U.S. median)

Unemployment: 8.8% (3.2% above U.S. average, March 1996)

Last presidential election: Clinton (D): 85% Bush (R): 9% Perot (I): 4%

Congressional delegation: One Democrat, no Republicans

When Pierre L'Enfant's design was laid out, Washington was meant to be a haven of logic and order, with straight, broad thoroughfares befitting the capital of a new democratic nation. Under federal control since its inception, the District wasn't granted suffrage until...

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