Concentrated Poverty

Concentrated poverty measures the proportion of community residents living below poverty Concentrated poverty is related to many health outcomes. Residents of high-poverty neighborhoods have a life expectancy of approximately eight fewer years than non-poverty neighborhoods; they also suffer more preventable events such as infant mortality, pedestrian injuries, and homicide. Residents living in areas with high concentrations of poverty are often isolated from economic opportunities and marginalized in political decision-making, limiting their ability to effect community change. Residents often lack access to preventive medical services and live in unhealthy housing conditions and social isolation. Areas with concentrated poverty also often host unwanted land uses such as power plants, solid and hazardous waste sites, and bus yards. Freeways and other busy roadways often run through low-income neighborhoods resulting in disproportionately higher exposure to noise and air pollution. Household income data is available from the U.S. Census.

Neighborhoodsort descending Indicator Value Rank
Blackstone 5.7% -
Charles 29.4% -
College Hill 28.3% -
Downtown 43.0% -
Elmhurst 14.0% -
Elmwood 32.9% -
Federal Hill 37.4% -
Fox Point 25.8% -
Hartford 26.9% -
Hope 4.7% -
Lower South Providence 49.6% -
Manton 34.9% -
Mount Hope 23.9% -
Mount Pleasant 16.1% -
Olneyville 41.4% -
Reservoir 12.0% -
Silver Lake 28.4% -
Smith Hill 30.1% -
South Elmwood 28.2% -
Upper South Providence 50.3% -
Valley 33.5% -
Wanskuck 34.5% -
Washington Park 27.8% -
Wayland 21.1% -
West End 34.5% -

Key Citations:
1. Williams, DR, Collins, C. Racial residential segregation: a fundamental cause of racial disparities in health. Public Health Reports. 2001; 116: 404-416.
2. Wilson, WJ. The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public Policy. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press; 1987.
3. Lannin, DR, Matthews, HF, Mitchell, J, Swanson, FH, Edwards, MS. Influence of Socioeconomic and Cultural Factors on Racial Differences in Late-stage Presentation of Breast Cancer. JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association. 1998; 279(22): 1801-1807.