#8. Mercer Island

Considered one of the wealthiest suburbs of the Seattle area, Mercer Island offers a liberal-friendly environment for its residents. Residents tend to mind their own business when it comes to social issues such as same-sex marriage, and don’t mind paying for quality of life amenities like parks, biking trails and extra school programs. Locals view themselves as a bit more conservative than their counterparts in Seattle, but compared to many Republican strongholds, Mercer Island is very much to the left of center. The last time a Republican presidential candidate won the vote here was in 1984.

Nine-term Congressman Adam Smith represents Washington’s 9th Congressional District. Smith, a rank-and-file Democrat according to GovTrack, is a member of the New Democrat Coalition, which calls itself a pro-growth, fiscally responsible wing of the Democratic Party.  

Residents here are likely to …

  • drive a Subaru.
  • eat at Qdoba.
  • shop at REI.
  • watch The Newsroom.
  • read Time magazine.

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