Neighborhood effects on health: Concentrated advantage and disadvantage

Health Place. 2010 Sep;16(5):1058-60. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2010.05.009. Epub 2010 May 25.


We investigate an alternative conceptualization of neighborhood context and its association with health. Using an index that measures a continuum of concentrated advantage and disadvantage, we examine whether the relationship between neighborhood conditions and health varies by socio-economic status. Using NHANES III data geocoded to census tracts, we find that while largely uneducated neighborhoods are universally deleterious, individuals with more education benefit from living in highly educated neighborhoods to a greater degree than individuals with lower levels of education.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Censuses
  • Educational Status
  • Female
  • Health Status*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Nutrition Surveys
  • Residence Characteristics*
  • Social Class*
  • United States