Original Paper

Population and Environment

, Volume 35, Issue 1, pp 26-44

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Hispanic heterogeneity and environmental injustice: intra-ethnic patterns of exposure to cancer risks from traffic-related air pollution in Miami

  • Sara Elizabeth GrineskiAffiliated withDepartment of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Texas at El Paso Email author 
  • , Timothy W. CollinsAffiliated withDepartment of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Texas at El Paso
  • , Jayajit ChakrabortyAffiliated withDepartment of Geography, Environment, and Planning, University of South Florida

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To explore intra-ethnic diversity in patterns of environmental health injustice in Miami (Florida), we related modeled estimates of cancer risks from on-road pollutants from the 2005 National-scale Air Toxics Assessment with 2005–2009 American Community Survey tract-level sociodemographic data. Neighborhoods with lower incomes and higher proportions of Hispanics were at risk. When disaggregating “Hispanic” based on country of origin, we found that Cuban and Colombian neighborhoods faced significantly increased cancer risk from vehicular air pollution while Mexican neighborhoods faced significantly decreased risk. These divergent patterns of environmental injustice based on Hispanic country-of-origin groupings have been shaped by the differing migration and settlement patterns of Hispanic subgroups in Miami. Our findings highlight the growing need to consider racial/ethnic heterogeneity in future EJ analysis and policy.


Environmental injustice Hispanic/Latino Ethnic status Miami Florida