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Geographic Clustering of Fast-Food Restaurants Around Secondary Schools in Hong Kong


Hong Kong is composed of 3 regions and 18 districts: Hong Kong Island region (consisting of Wan Chai, Central and Western, Southern, and Eastern districts), Kowloon region (Sham Shui Po, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon City, Kwun Tong, and Yau Tsim Mong districts), and New Territories region (Tuen Mun, Yuen Long, North, Tai Po, Tsuen Wan, Shatin, Kwai Tsing, Sai Kung, and Islands districts). The area comprises 490 secondary schools.

Figure 1.

The location of 490 secondary schools in 3 regions and 18 districts in Hong Kong.

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We found significant clusters of fast-food restaurants near secondary schools in the high-density downtown areas of Hong Kong. Most hot spots were in Kowloon. The secondary schools in Eastern and Wan Chai districts in Hong Kong Island also were exposed to a significantly high number of clusters of fast-food restaurants. In New Territories, we found fewer clusters of fast-food restaurants around the secondary schools; Tuen Mun district was an exception.

Figure 2.

Hot spot analysis of fast-food restaurants near secondary schools in Hong Kong, by A, region, B, population density, and C, income.

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