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caption: The neighborhood around Othello station in south Seattle.
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The neighborhood around Othello station in south Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

10 Seattle precincts with the most Trump voters

Seattle is a notoriously liberal city where just 8% of voters supported President Trump this year – and in 2016.

But that's an average. While some precincts — which are super small, with 250 to 600 voters, typically — have as few as two Trump voters, others have up to 31% who cast ballots for the president. Some precincts even doubled their support of the president over 2016.

Some of these Seattle precincts are wealthy, others are not.

Below are 10 precincts where 15% or more of voters cast ballots for Trump, according to precinct-level data from Election Night. The precincts fall into two categories:

  • Wealthy neighborhoods like Broadmoor, Magnolia Bluff, and the Windermere waterfront with majority white population.
  • Working class neighborhoods in south Seattle with a high percentage of Asian residents.

The voters in the south end precincts are distinct from the wealthier ones, in that most precincts had not supported Trump beyond the city average in 2016.

One commonality across the precincts is age: In seven of 10 precincts, the median age for these precincts skews about a decade older than the city at large.

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This precinct is in Pioneer Square, south of downtown, which is tricky to analyze. There is a large unhoused community here, and people have been known to use their workplace as their primary address, which suggests that the precinct may not reflect the people who live here.

Furthermore, just 16% of registered voters cast ballots this year. That said, 31% of those ballots were cast for Donald Trump this year; 15% were cast for Trump in 2016.

The closest Census tract shows this data (American Community Survey, 2018):

Median age: 46

Males: 64%

White: 47%

Asian: 25%

Percent for Trump 2016: 15%

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This precinct is almost entirely Broadmoor, which is a wealthy, gated community in Seattle's Madison Valley.

This year, 28% of voters in this precinct cast their ballots for Trump. In 2016, 25% voted for Trump.

A lower percentage does not reflect fewer voters for Trump however, but rather more voters turning out for Biden. This year, 71 more people showed up for Trump than in 2016.

Racial diversity: This is one of Seattle’s least racially diverse areas, with 89% of the residents identified as white.

Median age: 45

Median home value: $1.5 million.

Percent for Trump 2016: 25%

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This is a small, wealthy precinct in Magnolia, near the bluff, with just 266 people whose votes were counted on Election Night. Of those ballots, 60 went for Donald Trump.

That’s nearly twice the number (34) who voted for Trump in 2016, although just three percentage points extra for the sitting president.

This corner of Magnolia is one of the least diverse in Seattle, with at least 78% of the residents identified as white.

The houses in this precinct are valued by Redfin at $1.4 million and higher.

Percent for Trump 2016: 21%

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This precinct is in the International District-Chinatown, due north of the Uwajimaya grocery store.

The precinct, which is on the larger end in terms of registered voters, saw nearly three times the number of people voting for Trump this year over 2016.

This year, 24% of voters cast ballots for Trump. In 2016, 12% did. In whole numbers, 113 voted for Trump this year versus 40 in 2016.

Median age: 48

Per capita income: $39,000

Asian: 65%

White: 20%

Percent for Trump 2016: 12%

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Lakeridge is a south Seattle neighborhood that borders Lake Washington and bumps into Renton.

The homes here are mid-century modern and built nearly identically. About half have lake views. The prices of the homes hover around $600,000 at the lower end.

This year, 23% of the voters in this precinct voted for Trump.

That compares to 26% voting for Trump in 2016. Notably, there were two times the number of voters this election over last time.

Median income: $82,000 (slightly less than Seattle’s median income)

Median age: 45 years in 2016.

The neighborhood is racially diverse for Seattle. This precinct straddles two Census tracts, which show:

Asian: 35%

White: 28%

Black: 23%

Latino/x: 6%

Percent for Trump 2016: 26%

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This precinct sits between New Holly and Seward Park neighborhoods in south Seattle’s Rainier Valley. Its parameters are Holly Street to the north, Othello to the south, 44th Avenue South to the east, and Rainier Avenue to the west.

The precinct includes Martin Luther King Elementary.

Census data for a slightly larger area that includes this precinct shows that it is racially diverse.

This precinct shows a dramatic jump for Trump. While 22% voted for Trump this year; 4.5% voted for him in 2016.

In whole numbers, 64 people voted for Trump this year, versus 11 in 2016.

Median age: 37

Per capita income: $26,000

Asian: 45%

Black: 22%

White: 21%

Percent for Trump 2016: 4.5%

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This precinct rounds Alki and rounds the bend to Salty's in West Seattle. It includes the long beach and many businesses that serve food.

Median age: 50

Median income: $72,000

White: 83%

Percent for Trump 2016: 26%

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This precinct has Safeway at its southeast corner and extends to 32nd Avenue South. This precinct shares its Census tract with other precincts:


Median age: 37

Median per capita income: $21,000

Asian: 40%

Black: 35%

White: 16%

Percent for Trump 2016: 8%

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A lower percentage of people in this wealthy precinct in Windermere, in northeast Seattle voted for Donald Trump this year over 2016 – although 29 more voters cast their ballots for Trump this year.

Windermere is a semi-gated community in northeast Seattle, and this precinct stretches along the water. The Census data also includes Laurelhurst, another wealthy neighborhood in northeast Seattle, but it does skew the data, as this Census tract includes some lower income and student housing.

This is not a racially diverse area, with 81% identifying as white.

Percent for Trump 2016: 22%

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This precinct is in Seattle’s south end, just south of Aki Kurose Middle School. It extends from South Graham Street to Holly Street, and Martin Luther King to 44th Avenue South.

Legislative precincts and Census tracts don’t perfectly overlap, but this one is quite close.

Median age: 37 years

Asian: 48%

White: 13%

Percent for Trump 2016: 8%