Population (1994): 5,082,000 (up 3.9% from 1990), 2% of U.S. total
Voting-age population: 3,777,000; 1994 turnout, 41%
Median age: 32.9 years
Median household income: $35,388 ($3,124 above U.S. median)
Unemployment: 3.7% (1.9% below U.S. average, March 1996)
Last presidential election: Clinton (D): 41% Bush (R): 37% Perot (I): 22%
Congressional delegation: Five Democrats, six Republicans
The first state of the old Midwest, Wisconsin has long been on the forefront of political change. The G.O.P. has roots to the progressive politics of 19th century German settlers, and the state's welfare system served as a model for the 1996 national welfare-reform...