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Where You Live Can Impact Life Expectancy

Where You Live Can Impact Life Expectancy

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In some cities, your life expectancy may be dramatically higher than it would be living just a few miles away, according to a new study by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University. For example, in Washington, D.C., life expectancy can vary by up to 7 years just between subway stops. In the Atlanta area, life expectancy may be 84 years in a ZIP code within Buckhead but then drop to 71 years in a ZIP code within Bankhead.

What makes some neighborhoods healthier than others? Researchers point to several factors, including access to high quality education and higher incomes that have been linked to longer life expectancies. Also, areas that offer residents more opportunities to exercise, walk or bicycle.

But some neighborhoods have been linked with unhealthier residents, including those near highways, factories, or other sources that may emit toxins that could expose residents to more pollutants. Also, neighborhoods with a high number of unsafe or unhealthy housing can expose residents to allergens and other hazards, such as overcrowding. A high number of stores and restaurants selling unhealthy foods nearby also may lead to unhealthy behaviors.

Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center on Society and Health created a series of maps that display life expectancy values along subway stops and highway exits for the following places: Atlanta; Chicago; Cleveland; Denver; Detroit; El Paso, Texas; Inland Northwest; Kentucky; Las Vegas; Miami; Mississippi; New York; North Carolina; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Raleigh-Durham; Richmond; St. Louis; Trenton; Tulsa; and Washington, D.C.

Source: Virginia Commonwealth University  (Click link to see maps)

Source: NAR – Real Estate News
Where You Live Can Impact Life Expectancy

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