Data Points

Young folks rock the vote in 2018 election

The percentage of youths who voted in 2018 was higher in San Francisco than in any other county in the Bay Area.

Nearly 39 percent of young people in San Francisco voted in 2018, according to data from the California Civic Engagement Project at the USC Price School in Sacramento.

The CCEP defines voting youths as adults 18 to 24 years old. The turnout among youth in Marin County was second highest at 37.8 percent.

Here’s how the percentage of voting youths ranked by county in 2018.

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1. San Francisco – 38.6%
2
2. Marin – 37.8%
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3. San Mateo – 37.6%
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4. Santa Clara – 35.3%
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5. Alameda – 35.2%
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6. Napa – 34.7%
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7. Sonoma – 30.2%
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8. Contra Costa – 26.5%
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9. Solano – 22.5%

1. San Francisco

38.6%

2. Marin

37.8%

3. San Mateo

37.6%

4. Santa Clara

35.3%

5. Alameda

35.2%

6. Napa

34.7%

7. Sonoma

30.2%

8. Contra Costa

26.5%

9. Solano

22.5%

Mindy Romero, director of the California Civic Engagement Project, said the Bay Area typically sends the state’s biggest turnout of young people to the polls.

“This was the case in 2018, as well … along with Orange County,” Romero said.

“There is also a consistent relationship that we see between turnout and wealth. Overall, counties with low income levels have some of the lowest turnout in California,” she said.



SourceCalifornia Civic Engagement Project, University of Southern California