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Old 04-24-2014, 01:30 AM
 
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I'm not looking to move anywhere, just curious to what the most moderate/conservative suburbs are in the Seattle area. Feel free to elaborate.
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Old 04-24-2014, 02:28 AM
 
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Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Issaquah, Everett, Mill Creek, Mount Vernon, to name a few. The Eastside is usually considered the more conservative area of the Puget Sound. Also the outlaying areas and counties.

Kitsap County to the west of Seattle is a mixed bag, but the military presence makes it more conservative, though some of the smaller towns there are more liberal.

Snohomish County's small towns are conservative, especially east county. Everett has a mix of both, but the military presence gives it a lot of conservative vibes, as does the city's government which is one of the few cities that is not in debt. Mill Creek is a conservative area as well.

King County is very liberal, except for the Eastside and the smaller towns in the rural parts of the county.

Pierce County is liberal, including Tacoma. Rural areas are conservative.

Thurston County is liberal, especially in Olympia.

Lewis County is conservative.

Skagit County is conservative.

Whatcom County is conservative except for Bellingham.
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Old 04-24-2014, 03:33 AM
 
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Pierce County is hardly liberal once you leave Tacoma...


You would be surprised at how conservative a lot of areas of King, Pierce, Snohomish county can be.. The area is quite mixed.. Once you leave Seattle or Tacoma, the area becomes much more red around you.. Washington, is a libertarian/Republican type of state with very blue urban centers.

Thurston county hardly feels liberal outside of Olympia.. Very large military presence and rednecky population in Thurston. Mitt Romney in 2012 won about 40% of the vote in Thurston, if you exclude Olympia, that number maybe more like 90%.

Strangely enough, Romney won 30% of the vote in King County.. I just wonder if Seattle was incinerated by an asteroid in 2011, how those election votes would turn? I still think Obama would have won King, but not by a landslide, would have been much closer.
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Old 04-24-2014, 07:55 AM
 
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I agree with Rotse, good post. I was surprised when I moved up here how conservative the state is once you leave Seattle proper. Before I moved up here I had the impression that WA was a liberal state. But it's really only Seattle and B-Ham that are blue. The rest of the state is pretty red. I think it's the same in Oregon once you get out of Portland and Eugene.
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Old 04-24-2014, 08:05 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I would consider the eastside, especially where I am in Sammamish to be socially liberal but fiscally conservative. It makes for closer elections but they generally do end up with a majority voting democrat. The recent loss of Prop. 1 for the Lake WA school district shows the fiscal conservatism.
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Old 04-24-2014, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Madrona, Seattle, WA
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You want conservative? Move to Orange County, CA. Now that's conservative for ya! lol.

I struggled with where to move to in Seattle based strictly on where it's not conservative. I started looking in Sammamish because of the great homes. I ended up looking in Bellevue because it was less conservative than Sammamish. But, I will eventually move to the city where I can be me and not offend any of my conservative fellow humans because of my radical, outlandish lifestyle. Oh wait... nevermind.... I'm only gay!
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Old 04-24-2014, 10:18 AM
 
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I don't think any party has a lock on ignorance (plenty of bigotry exists in super-blue City of Seattle). I'm fairly conservative, but I support everyone's right to be who they are, live a life of their choosing and marry who they wish. I've spent a very happy year and a half in City of Seattle! I just sometimes have to hide part of who I am so as to not offend any of my fellow humans.
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Old 04-24-2014, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Spokane, WA
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The ones where all the evil racist white evil rich racist rich homophobic white guys live.
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Old 04-24-2014, 10:55 AM
 
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I did not pay the poster above me to make my point for me. I just lucked into it, I swear.
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Old 04-24-2014, 11:10 AM
 
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I think what one would call conservative on the Eastside would be considered liberal in red parts of the country. The Eastside may seem slightly conservative compared to Seattle, but they are wild crazy liberals compared to Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, etc.

Here is an article that breaks down in greater detail how the various counties voted for President Obama in 2012 and Ref 74 for gay marriage in Washington State. You can see that the counties vary from intense blue in Seattle (voting 75-99%), slightly lighter blue on the Eastside (60-75%), lighter blue in other surrounding counties (50-60%) and to dark pink in Eastern Washington (10-35%). Interestingly, Okanogan county, bordering Canada, voted as blue as the Eastside (60-75%).

How Polarization Plays Out in Washington state: Voting for President and the Same-sex Marriage | Newgeography.com

Eastside suburbs joined Seattle in strong approval of gay marriage referendum | Politics Northwest | Seattle Times

While Eastern Washington is very conservative, they also have a much smaller population. Here is a map of the 2012 presidential election by proportion:

Election maps

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