Mapping Voter Turnout by Neighborhood: High Homeownership Rates = Higher Voting Rates
Today is Election Day for national and local primaries. With the general elections fast approaching this November, what might turnout look like across our local DC neighborhoods? Not spectacular, if the last local election is any indicator. Citywide, 38% of registered voters cast a ballot in the 2014 general elections (not a presidential election year).
Higher voter turnout tends to indicate greater civic engagement, which is a good quality for any neighborhood, but especially one with children. On DataTool2.0, our interactive data visualization map, we track a wide array of indicators of child and family well-being to see how our neighborhoods are doing for the children who live there. Neighborhoods are the places where children grow, play and learn to be citizens. Strong neighborhoods, with engaged citizens, will help build the next generation of our city.
In 2014, outer edges of the city tended to have higher turnout, particularly, as this map shows, in upper Northeast and Northwest and parts of Southeast. The neighborhood cluster containing Colonial Village, Shepherd Park and North Portal Estates had the highest participation, at 59%, almost three times the rate of the lowest voting neighborhoods.
Our data tool also suggests that turnout is related to other indicators of neighborhood and child well-being. Interestingly, the neighborhood with the highest turnout in the city also has the highest homeownership rate, and higher homeownership tends to correlate with greater voter turnout across District neighborhoods. The neighborhoods with higher turnout (above 42%) are in all parts of the city—they are neighborhoods with both high child poverty and low child poverty. Of those high-turnout neighborhoods, some are majority black, some majority white and others more racially diverse.
Regardless of which neighborhood you live in, we hope you go out and vote! See you at the polls.