Unequal places: The impacts of socioeconomic and race/ethnic differences in neighborhoods

Jennifer Ailshire, Catherine García

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The social, economic, and physical environments in which older adults live play a vital role in healthy, active, and engaged lives. But older adults live in unequal environments. Low-income older adults and older racial-ethnic minorities are more likely to live in neighborhoods characterized by poverty, disorder, lack of social cohesion, and pollution. At all income levels there is a greater proportion of older racial-ethnic minorities in neighborhoods with economic, social, and physical problems. Neighborhood inequality may contribute to disparities in the aging experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Air pollution
  • Neighborhood disorder
  • Neighborhoods
  • Older adults
  • Poverty
  • Race-ethnicity
  • Social cohesion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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