Napa vs Sonoma: Politics, Not Wine
It’s a theme I’ve enjoyed exploring over the years on FERMENTATION. Mostly I’ve compared the two counties for the benefit of travelers and in the context of wine production. However, yesterday’s election and all the talk of where a state’s Democratic and Republican votes come from, ethnic breakdowns, etc, provided an interesting backdrop for looking further at these two wine country counties. For the record, I’ve lived in both and currently reside in Napa.
The first thing to note is that Sonoma County is larger than Napa County in both geographic size and population. Sonoma County’s population is 488,000. Napa County’s population is 138,000.
2012 Presidential Vote:
Napa: Obama 61.7% Romney 36%
Sonoma: Obama 70.8% Romney:26%
Abolishing The Death Penalty (Proposition 34)
Napa: Yes:48.1% No: 51.9%
Sonoma: Yes: 56.6% No: 43.4%
Sonoma County is more liberal than Napa. Furthermore, it has been this way for quite some time. In fact, Only San Francisco and Alameda Counties voted for President Obama last night in larger percentages than did Sonoma County. However, don’t get the impression that Napa County is a bastion of conservatism. It’s not. It’s just that I’m comparing it to a REALLY liberal county.
White Hispanic Asian Black
Napa: 72% 32% 7% 2%
Sonoma: 81% 25% 4% 2%
I realize the numbers here don’t add up. Blame the Census Bureau.
INCOME & SOCIAL INDICATORS
Household Income $67,389 $63,274
College Degrees 30% 31.5%
Home ownership 65% 62%
I always got the sense after living in Napa for a while that Sonoma County was the more politically liberal county compared to Napa County. Start heading west toward the ocean in Sonoma County and truly begin to understand what I mean by that.