Cannabis consumption outranks tobacco use in Seattle, Washington; Portland, Oregon and San Francisco, California, according to new research from market research firm The Nielson Company.
Nielson’s data indicates that in San Francisco, 13 percent of respondents 18 and older reported that they had consumed tobacco over the past 30 days, while 16 percent said they had consumed cannabis. In Seattle, 16 percent of respondents said they had consumed tobacco over the past 30 days and 17 percent said they had consumed cannabis. In Portland, 19 percent of respondents said they had consumed tobacco over the past 30 days, while 20 percent said they had consumed cannabis.
“What these areas have in common is, when compared to the national average, a high percentage of cannabis consumers and a low percentage of nicotine consumers,” reports The Seattle Times. Denver, Colorado didn’t make the cut, as 18 percent of respondents said they had consumed cannabis over the past 30 days compared to 19 percent who had consumed tobacco.
To gather data, Nielson surveyed over 200,000 adults nationwide. Respondents were not asked if they obtained their cannabis from a legal or illegal source. Overall, Portland ranked the highest for cannabis consumption per capita, followed by Las Vegas, Nevada and Denver, Colorado. In Portland, one in five adults said they had consumed cannabis over the past 30 days.
Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico ranked the highest for cannabis consumption in a state where it is not legal for recreational use. Cannabis consumers also were observed with decent wages and education. In Seattle, for instance, the median house income for cannabis consumers was $78,200 compared to $59,000 for tobacco users. The median house income for vapers in Seattle was slightly higher at $66,800.
It’s important to note that alcohol still ranked number one for Seattle with 48 percent of adults who said they had consumed it within the past 30 days.