Population (1994): 1,457,000 (up 21.2% from 1990), 0.6% of U.S. total
Voting-age population: 1,088,000; 1994 turnout, 35%
Median age: 33.3 years
Median household income: $35,871 ($3,607 above U.S. median)
Unemployment: 4.6% (1% below U.S. average, March 1996)
Last presidential election: Clinton (D): 37% Bush (R): 35% Perot (I): 26%
Congressional delegation: Two Democrats, two Republicans
Though it may be Perot country, Mother Nature did little to draw people to this desert valley, providing almost no water and no arable land. But when people began to scratch below the surface, they discovered there was a reason to move to Nevada:...