Eye On Family

Researchers at Columbia University say people who live in poor neighborhoods pay more for food than those in wealthy communities, and, the critical factor in how much a household spends on groceries is whether it has access to a car.

Forty percent of poor households don't have access to cars, according to the research, and those without wheels pay higher prices for groceries than households with access to a car, whether wealthy or poor.

Lacking mobility means consumers buy from the nearest neighborhood store, rather than larger regional or national grocery chains.


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