Access To Grocery Stores In Dallas
Using geo-spatial information about the locations of grocery stores and neighborhood characteristics from U.S. Census and Texas Health and Human Services data, this paper presents a map of neighborhoods in Dallas County, Texas, classified according to the number of grocery stores within a one-mile radius. Neighborhood characteristics are compared to address the question of which residents are most affected by lack of access to grocery stores. Neighborhoods without grocery stores tend to be low-income, with the greatest concentration of no-grocery-store neighborhoods in southern Dallas. These stylized facts are considered in light of contrasting economic and psychological theories of consumers' dietary decisions and firms' choices of location.