Table 1

Participant Characteristics by Food Desert Status
Zip code characteristic Food desert Food oasis Total
Total number of participants (%) 35 (52.2) 32 (47.8) 67.0
Age
  Median age (years) 47.0 47.3 47.0
  Range 28–66 32–61 28–66
Sex – n (%)
  Male 15 (42.9) 14 (43.8) 29 (43.3)
  Female 20 (57.1) 18 (56.2) 38 (56.7)
Race & Ethnicity – n (%)
  African American 20 (57.1) 25 (78.1) 45 (67.2)
  Caucasian 9 (25.7) 2 (6.3) 11 (16.4)
  Hispanic/Latino 3 (8.6) 2 (6.3) 5 (7.5)
  Other 3 (8.6) 3 (9.4) 6 (8.9)
Car ownership
  Do not own car & hard to find a ride 18 (51.4) 17 (53.1) 35 (52.2)
  Do not own car & able to find a ride 9 (25.7) 10 (31.3) 19 (28.4)
  Own car 8 (22.9) 5 (15.6) 13 (19.4)
Nearest bus stop – n (%)
  <1 block 10 (28.6) 14 (43.8) 24 (35.8)
  1–2 blocks 12 (34.3) 5 (15.6) 17 (25.4)
  3–4 blocks 8 (22.9) 8 (25.0) 16 (23.9)
  5 or more blocks 5 (14.2) 5 (15.6) 10 (14.9)
Number of different bus routes near home – n (%)
  1–2 routes 16 (45.7) 17 (53.1) 33 (49.2)
  3–4 routes 9 (25.7) 8 (25.0) 17 (25.4)
  5 or more routes 10 (28.6) 7 (21.9) 17 (25.4)
Bus frequency – n (%)
  < 15 minutes 9 (25.7) 10 (31.3) 19 (28.4)
  Every 15–30 minutes 17 (48.6) 16 (49.9) 33 (49.3)
  Every 30–45 minutes 6 (17.1) 3 (9.4) 9 (13.4)
  > 45 minutes 3 (8.6) 3 (9.4) 6 (8.9)

Walker et al.

Walker et al. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2012 9:41   doi:10.1186/1479-5868-9-41

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