The map below shows the political leanings of people in and around Washington. Darker red areas have almost entirely Republican voters, dark blue areas vote mostly for Democrats, and areas in lighter shades or in light purple are areas where the vote is usually split between parties.
Washington tends to be democratic based on voting results in recent elections. Compared to other nearby cities, Washington has more republican voters. Compared to the nation as a whole, Washington leans more democratic.
Highly educated populations with bachelor’s degrees or higher tend to vote for more liberal candidates. In the Washington metro area, 50.70% of all adults have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher. Educated women are far less likely to vote for conservatives, and in Washington women make up 51.14% of the population.
Older Americans tend to vote more conservatively. Members of the Boomer and Silent generations (born 1928-1964) more often vote for republicans while GenX, Millennials (born 1965-1996) and younger generations consistently support democrats. The median age in Washington is 38.0, which is younger than the national median age of 38.1.
Is Washington a political battleground? Across all types of political contests in Washington, including state, local and presidential elections, races come within five percentage points 8% of the time.
Note: Federal, local, and state elections are weighed based on the recency of the election and the importance most voters assign to each seat.
- Washington, DC: politically similar voters
- Mount Rainier, MD: more liberal voters
- Brentwood, MD: more liberal voters
- Cottage City, MD: more liberal voters
- Colmar Manor, MD: more liberal voters
- North Brentwood, MD: more liberal voters
- Fort Myer, VA: more liberal voters
- Chillum, MD: more liberal voters
- Takoma Park, MD: more liberal voters
- Edmonston, MD: more liberal voters
Cities with Similar Populations
- Las Vegas, NV: more conservative voters
- Boise, ID: more conservative voters
- Atlanta, GA: more conservative voters
- Poughkeepsie, NY: more conservative voters
- Lakeland, FL: more conservative voters
- Akron, OH: more conservative voters
- Columbus, OH: more conservative voters
- Winston-Salem, NC: more conservative voters
- Colorado Springs, CO: more conservative voters
- Denver, CO: more conservative voters
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