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December 31, 2012 at 6:05 AM

Cigarette city: What are Seattle’s smokiest neighborhoods?

Georgetown is No. 1 (Photo: Joe Mabel via Wikimedia Commons)

Where there’s smoke, there’s … hipsters?

In Seattle, it seems so.  Analysis of consumer spending data reveals that some of the city’s funkiest neighborhoods are also the ones whose residents smoke the most cigarettes. And Georgetown — that crumbling enclave of artists and bohemians just north of Boeing Field — is the smokiest neighborhood of all.  Even though incomes in Georgetown are well below the city average, that doesn’t stop folks there from puffing away more of their paychecks than anybody else in town.  The per capita spending on cigarettes and other tobacco products in Georgetown is the highest in the city — 17 percent above the Seattle average. When Georgetowners run low on cash, the art supplies can wait, but not that pack of American Spirits.

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