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45% of King County Hispanics reported experiencing discrimination in 2011, compared to 27% of non-Hispanics.

Unfair treatment based on gender, age, race or color, ethnic background, language, social class or socioeconomic position, sexual orientation, religion, or disability are examples of discrimination, which can impact health, employment, and life satisfaction. 

King County adults were asked whether, in 12 specific settings, they had “experienced discrimination, been prevented from doing something, or been hassled or made to feel inferior” during the past year. In 2011, 27% of adults reported that they experienced some type of discrimination.

  • Respondents age 65 years and older reported experiencing less discrimination and unfair treatment than younger adults.  Adults in the oldest age group may be less actively involved than younger adults in attending school, working, or seeking employment and housing, so they may have fewer experiences of discrimination in these settings.
  • Whites were less likely than Blacks, multiple-race adults, and adults of other races (e.g. American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander) to have experienced discrimination in the past year.
  • Hispanics were more likely than non-Hispanics to report discrimination.
  • Women were more likely than men to report discrimination.
  • Adults born in the U.S. and native English speakers were as likely as those born outside the U.S. and those whose primary language was not English to report experiencing discrimination (data not shown).