Weekly Update: U.S. #COVID19 vaccination levels by COUNTY & Partisan Lean

COVID-19 Vaccine

Methodology reminders, including some important updates:

  • I go by FULLY vaccinated residents only (defined as 2 doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine).
  • I base my percentages on the total population, as opposed to adults only or those over 11 years old.
  • The 5 major U.S. territories don't vote for President in the general election, preventing me from displaying them in the main graph, but I have them listed down the right side.
  • NEW: Until now I've been using 2016 election data for Alaska; starting today, thanks to an updated analysis by RRH Elections, I'm finally able to use 2020 election results for Alaska (all other states +DC have been using 2020 county-level election data all along).

With all this in mind, here's what things looked like as of September 15th, 2021:

It's also important to note that while there was a very slight, one-time drop in both the R2 (correlation) and slope formulas a few weeks ago when I switched from 2019 estimated population data to official 2020 U.S. Census data for every county, this drop has since reversed itself and continued its gradual climb higher on both the correlation and slope fronts:

Other things especially worth noting:

  • Kalawao County, HI (pop. 82) is still the only one which is 100% vaccinated.
  • The only other counties which have fully vaccinated at least 80% of their total populations are:
    • Dukes County, MA (pop. 20,600)
    • Nantucket County, MA (pop. 14,255)
    • Bristol Bay Borough, AK (pop. 844)
    • Hudspeth County, TX (pop. 4,886)
    • San Juan County, CO (pop. 705)
    • Santa Cruz County, AZ (pop. 47,669)
    • Presidio County, TX (pop. 6,131)
  • At the opposite end, there's still 2 counties below 10% fully vaccinated: McPherson County, SD (pop. 2,411) and Slope County, ND (pop. 706).
  • Of counties with more than 100,000 residents, the top-vaxxed is Orange County, NC (78.8% vaxxed); Marin County, CA (75.2% vaxxed); Sumter County, FL (73.9%); and Montgomery County, MD (73.6% vaxxed).

Sumter County is a solid red county...but it's also famously (or infamously?) home to The Villages, the massive retirement community where Trump held rallies last summer.

  • Of counties with more than 100,000 residents, the least-vaxxed are Shelby and Limestone Counties, AL, neither of which has vaccinated more than 29% of their total populations.
  • There are 49 counties with more than 1 million residents. Of those, the highest-vaxxed is Montgomery County, MD (73.6% vaxxed) while the lowest-vaxxed is Wayne County, MI (home of Detroit), which has only vaccinated 43.4% of its population.