The Seattle Times published on 27 July 2015 an article titled "Seattle-area Somalis Seek to Shape Politics Back Home" by Nina Shapiro. The article provides a good analysis of Somali politics playing out in an important American city.
The Somali community in Washington State is thought to be the third largest in the United States after Minnesota and Ohio. The latest US census puts the number of Somalis in Washington State at 13,000. Somali community leaders believe the actual number is closer to 30,000.