Tobacco Retailer Concentration by Socioeconomic Status and Geography

New York Finger Lakes Region

Suburban and higher SES areas with lower concentrations of tobacco retailers are the same areas that have lower rates of smoking. Lower socioeconomic, urban and rural areas, which have high rates of smoking, are the same areas that have higher concentrations of tobacco retailers.


Methodology note: The SES index ranking was developed by Common Ground Health and calculated using a variety of socioeconomic indicators from the American Community Survey including average income, poverty rates, education levels, housing value, and homeownership. Each ZIP code is assigned a socioeconomic (SES) index ranking from 1 to 5. The lower SES ZIP codes tend to have lower average income, higher poverty rates, lower prevalence of college degrees, etc.

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