PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2018, Vol. 37 ›› Issue (6): 801-810.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2018.06.007

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The impact of intra-urban residential mobility on residents' health: A case study in Guangzhou City

Yang LIU1(), Suhong ZHOU2,3,*(), Jiting ZHANG2,3   

  1. 1. Jiangsu Institute of Planning and Design, Nanjing 210036, China
    2. School of Geography and Planning, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China
    3. Guangdong Key Laboratory for Urbanization and Geo-simulation, Guangzhou 510275, China
  • Received:2017-03-16 Revised:2017-10-31 Online:2018-06-28 Published:2018-06-28
  • Contact: Suhong ZHOU;
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No. 41522104;Natural Science Foundation of Guangdong Province, China, No.2017A030313228, 2014A030312010


As one of the most important activities in urban life, the impact of housing relocation on residents' physical and mental health has become a rising concern by sociologists and psychologists. However, although housing relocation involves many geographic factors such as dwelling environment and direction and distance of relocation, little research has been undertaken by geographers. Taking Guangzhou City as an example, and based on data from a questionnaire survey conducted in 2016, this study applied binary logistic regression analysis to evaluate the impact of spatial and temporal factors on residents' self-rated physical and mental health from a geographic perspective. The result shows that housing relocation impacts residents' self-rated physical and mental health negatively both on the long term and the short term. On the long term, frequent relocations before 18 years old impacts residents' physical and mental health negatively. On the short term, housing relocation impacts residents' mental health negatively. In the most recent move, active relocation has positive impact on physical health, while moving away from the city center affects mental health positively but long distance moving affects mental health negatively. The conclusions are of significance to studies on residents' housing relocation choice and community development.

Key words: housing relocation, self-rated physical health, self-rated mental health, binary logistic regression, Guangzhou City