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Where you live may predict your lifespan, say census data

December 18, 2018
Sherita Mouzon at the Center for Hunger Free Communities
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December 18, 2018

The Philadelphia Inquirer's new article, featuring quotes from Center Director Mariana Chilton and Community Engagement Specialist Sherita Mouzon, writes how census data suggests that populations from different zip codes radically differ in terms of life expectancy. 

Drastic life expectancy differences, like we see between Spring Garden (87 years) and Mantua (66 years), are a stunning shorthand for a host of other demographic factors — inadequate education, insufficient income, area unemployment levels, community or family violence, lack of health insurance, and race. For those who study poverty or who advocate for the poor, data like these speak volumes about many more variables than how many years make up an individual’s life or where they lived.


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