Population (1994): 1,822,000 (up 1.6% from 1990); 0.07% of U.S. total
Voting-age population: 1,389,000; 1994 turnout, 30%
Median age: 35.4 years
Median household income: $23,564 ($8,700 below U.S. median)
Unemployment: 8.0% (2.4% more than U.S average, March 1996)
Last presidential election: Clinton (D): 48% Bush (R): 35% Perot (I): 16%
Congressional delegation: Five Democrats, no Republicans
West Virginia is a poor state. At its most prosperous, coal was king. But as machines replaced miners, and the unemployed couldn't find work, families left the state in droves. So many fled that after the 1990 Census, West Virginia lost a...