The percentage of youths who voted in 2018 was higher in San Francisco than in any other county in the Bay Area.

Nearly 39 percent of young people in San Francisco voted in 2018, according to data from the California Civic Engagement Project at the USC Price School in Sacramento.

The CCEP defines voting youths as adults 18 to 24 years old. The turnout among youth in Marin County was second highest at 37.8 percent.

Here’s how the percentage of voting youths ranked by county in 2018.1. San Francisco – 38.6%2. Marin – 37.8%3. San Mateo – 37.6%4. Santa Clara – 35.3%5. Alameda – 35.2%6. Napa – 34.7%7. Sonoma – 30.2%8. Contra Costa – 26.5%9. Solano – 22.5%[bar color=”Accent-Color” title=”1. San Francisco” percent=”38.6″][bar color=”Extra-Color-1″ title=”2. Marin” percent=”37.8″][bar color=”Accent-Color” title=”3. San Mateo” percent=”37.6″][bar color=”Extra-Color-1″ title=”4. Santa Clara” percent=”35.3″][bar color=”Accent-Color” title=”5. Alameda” percent=”35.2″][bar color=”Extra-Color-1″ title=”6. Napa” percent=”34.7″][bar color=”Accent-Color” title=”7. Sonoma” percent=”30.2″][bar color=”Extra-Color-1″ title=”8. Contra Costa” percent=”26.5″][bar color=”Accent-Color” title=”9. Solano” percent=”22.5″]Mindy Romero, director of the California Civic Engagement Project, said the Bay Area typically sends the state’s biggest turnout of young people to the polls.

“This was the case in 2018, as well … along with Orange County,” Romero said.

“There is also a consistent relationship that we see between turnout and wealth. Overall, counties with low income levels have some of the lowest turnout in California,” she said.



SourceCalifornia Civic Engagement Project, University of Southern California