, Volume 31, Issue 2, pp 249–270 | Cite as

Neighborhood Context and Residential Mobility

  • Barrett A. Lee
  • R. S. Oropesa
  • James W. Kanan


This paper extends the search for neighborhood contextual effects to residential mobility. We propose that neighborhood consists of subjective and objective domains, both of which are crosscut by substantive (social/physical) and temporal (current/change) dimensions. Measures of neighborhood characteristics consistent with our conceptualization are used to estimate the impact of context on mobility thoughts and on actual mobility in a sample of Nashville residents. Although individual statuses such as age and tenure remain important antecedents of mobility, subjective features of neighborhood context also play a role—albeit limited and indirect—in the decision to move or to stay.


American Sociological Review Residential Mobility Subjective Context Neighborhood Context Actual Mobility 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barrett A. Lee
    • 1
  • R. S. Oropesa
    • 1
  • James W. Kanan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Population Research InstituteThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity Park

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