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  • Writer's pictureJuan M. Pedroza

How the other half coasts

Updated: Apr 7, 2023

The annual meeting for the Population Association of America (PAA) takes place next week. I'm co-presenting a research poster with Elena Losada (Ph.D. student, UCSC Sociology). Our poster is below and reflects ongoing work on the relationship between social inequalities and proximity to coastal neighborhoods:

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Abstract: Are patterns of income inequality and housing quality more or less favorable among tracts that are closer to the coastline, as compared to tracts that are farther from the coast? Using American Community Survey (ACS) data from the U.S. Census (2015-2019), we examine demographic variation across U.S. neighborhoods (census tracts) with respect to a distance gradient from the U.S. coastline. We find income inequality is higher in neighborhoods closest to the coast, and housing quality is lower in those neighborhoods. In other words, not only are neighborhoods near the coast among those most exposed to climate change, but they are also sites of multiple sources of heightened inequality. These outcomes are worse when we observe neighborhoods nearest the coastline as compared to areas farther inland; precisely where coastal challenges are expected to escalate.

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