Population (1994): 5,343,000 (up 9.8% from 1990); 2.1% of U.S. total
Voting-age population: 4,000,000; 1994 turnout, 37%
Median age: 33.1 years
Median household income: $33,533 ($1,269 above U.S. median)
Unemployment: 6.1% (0.5% above U.S. average, March 1996)
Last presidential election: Clinton (D): 43% Bush (R): 32% Perot (I): 24%
Congressional delegation: Three Democrats, eight Republicans
In recent decades Washington's manufacturing industry has been overtaken by high-tech companies like Nintendo and Microsoft, plus a thriving import-export sector. The Seattle area also gave birth to two major '90s trends: gourmet coffee shops, like Starbucks, and grunge music, via bands like Pearl...