Nativity differences in neighborhood quality among New York City households

Emily Rosenbaum, Samantha Friedman, Michael H. Schill, Hielke Buddelmeyer

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This article adds to the literature on locational attainment of immigrants by evaluating how immigrant households in New York City compare with native-born households with respect to neighborhood characteristics. It also examines whether the relationship between immigrant status and neighborhood quality varies by race/ethnicity and place of birth. Overall, foreign-born households are more likely than native-born households to live in neighborhoods with less access to medical care, higher rates of tuberculosis, and higher concentrations of poverty. Multivariate analyses reveal that all but one of these disadvantages disappear for foreign-born households as a group. However, island-born Puerto Ricans and immigrants - especially Dominicans, Caribbeans and Africans, and Latin Americans - are more likely to reside in lower-quality neighborhoods than native-born white households. Equally important, native-born blacks and Hispanics are also disproportionately disadvantaged relative to native-born whites, suggesting that a racial hierarchy exists in the locational attainment of households in New York City.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)625-658
Number of pages34
JournalHousing Policy Debate
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1999


  • Immigration
  • Neighborhood
  • Populations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Urban Studies
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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