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Community: Summary & Data Highlights

Community Organizations

  • In 2011, 70% of King County adults were “very active” or “somewhat active” in 1 or more organizations in their community. 
  • King County adults were most likely to be active in educational and religious organizations, and least likely to participate in political or civic groups.
  • Although overall involvement did not differ by age, gender, or region, the types of organizations chosen for involvement did differ by these breakdowns.  For example, Seattle adults were less likely than those in other regions to be active in a religious organization.

Community Service

  • More than half of King County school districts required community service for graduation in 2011 – a substantial increase since 2000.
  • Almost half of King County adults said they participated “actively” or “very actively” in community service or helping others in the past month.
  • Community service did not differ by race, ethnicity, country of birth, or primary language.


  • In 2011, more than 1 in 4 King County adults reported that they had experienced discrimination in the past year.
  • 33% of Seattle residents reported experiencing discrimination, compared to 22% in East Region.
  • The most-commonly reported motivations for discrimination were age, race or color, gender, and social class, in that order.

Social Cohesion

  • 2011 ratings of neighborhood social cohesion varied significantly by adults’ country of birth, primary language, age, race, gender, income, and education.
  • Adults who were retired reported higher levels of social cohesion than those who were employed, unemployed, out of the labor force (homemakers and students), or unable to work.
  • Adults in households with children reported higher levels of neighborhood social cohesion than those without children.

Social Support

  • In 2011, the extent to which King County adults felt they had social support varied by country of birth, primary language, gender, race, income, education, and employment. 
  • Adults in households with children received less social support than adults without children. 

"Yeah, I do [know my neighbors]. I know them all. And it’s kind of nice... They do definitely keep an eye out. We kind of take care of each other. We’ve been here for a long time now…"
Mother of 3; 2-parent family living in trailer park in North King County