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How to read Seattle: Liberal, conservative or in between

Where do you rank? A rich array of neighborhoods in shades from blue to red.

Seattle's neighborhoods reflect a wide range of political thinking, social attitudes and voting patterns. 

This data comes from analyzing voting results across Seattle, looking at how neighborhoods responded in partisan and local races, ballot measures and tax propositions. In a separate story, you can read about the five most liberal and five most conservative neighborhoods. Here's how each of the city's 93 neighborhoods ranked in the analysis.

The neighborhoods are ranked in terms of liberalism both overall and in terms of their votes on partisan (Democratic-Republican) elections; social measures such as marijuana legalization and same-sex marriage; approval of tax measures; and choices in nonpartisan local elections that appeared to divide along ideological lines. You can view a spread sheet of all the races that went into the analysis here

Neighborhood boundaries are based on the Seattle City Clerk's Neighborhood Map Atlas, with a few discretionary additions, subtractions and edits.  Because precincts do not always follow neighborhoods, geographies are "best efforts."


Benjamin Anderstone is a Seattle-based political consultant. His firm, Anderstone Strategies (www.anderstone.com), specializes in analyzing voter behavior and elections. Benjamin's work has been featured in the Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, Fox News's Fox and Friends, Tacoma News Tribune, and at academic summits on political geography. He can be reached at benjamin@anderstone.com.

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