Neighborhood Concentrated Disadvantage and Adult Mortality: Insights for Racial and Ethnic Differences

Justin T. Denney, Jarron M. Saint Onge, Jeff A. Dennis

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While racial and ethnic differences in mortality are pervasive and well documented, less is known about how mortality risk varies by neighborhood socioeconomic status across racial and ethnic identity. We conducted a prospective analysis on a sample of adults living at or below 300% poverty with 8 years of the National Health Interview Survey (N = 159,400) linked to 11,600 deaths to examine the association between neighborhood disadvantage and mortality for non-Hispanic whites, non-Hispanic blacks, and U.S.- and foreign-born Hispanics. Using multilevel logistic regression, we find that the probability of death from any cause for lower-income adults is higher in more-disadvantaged neighborhoods, compared to less-disadvantaged neighborhoods, but only for whites. The adjusted likelihood of death for blacks and foreign-born Hispanics is not associated with neighborhood disadvantage, and the likelihood of death for U.S.-born Hispanics is lower in more-disadvantaged neighborhoods. While future research and policy should focus on improving health-promoting resources in all communities, care should be given to better understanding why race/ethnic groups have differential mortality returns with respect to area-specific socioeconomic conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-321
Number of pages21
JournalPopulation Research and Policy Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018


  • Concentrated disadvantage
  • Ethnicity
  • Mortality
  • Neighborhoods
  • Race


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