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In 2011, 1 in 3 adults living in Seattle reported experiencing discrimination during the past year.

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 about 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.

  • In 2011 Seattle had the highest percentage of people experiencing discrimination (33%), and the East Region had the lowest percentage (22%).  This difference is statistically significant.  Other regional differences are not.