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Neighborhood racial composition, income, and distance to grocery retailers in Seattle

Brandon O. Ware, Modhurima Amin, Eric L. Jessup and Jill McCluskey

Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, 2021, vol. 50, issue 3, 512-532

Abstract: This article examines whether racial disparities exist in travel distances and travel times to grocery stores in Seattle, WA. In contrast to the findings of studies conducted in other metropolitan cities, Seattle, WA, has few food deserts. We find that disparities in travel distance and travel time to supermarkets vary with the percentage of specific racial and ethnic populations. Greater Asian populations in a census tract are associated with shorter travel distance to the grocery, low income, and low vehicle access. For the Hispanic population, a greater percentage in a census tract increases the predicted travel distances and travel times to grocery stores. Greater income in tracts with more Hispanic population is associated with a shorter distance, and those tracts with more Asian population are associated with a longer distance, possibly due to cultural differences in diet.

Date: 2021
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