For Life Expectancy, Where You Live May Matter As Much As Your Income
A new study says certain affluent cities, like New York and San Francisco, have less of a gap in life expectancy between rich and poor citizens.By Ryan Biek | April 11, 2016
The rich stand a better chance of outliving the poor. This has long been known. But further research has now found the gap between life expectancy and income can even out, depending on where you live.
A new study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found poor citizens in certain, more affluent cities like New York and San Francisco live almost as long as the wealthier citizens. But in other cities, like Detroit, the life expectancy of lower-income individuals is more bleak.
The researchers noted men among the top 1 percent of earners live almost 15 years longer, on average, than men in the bottom 1 percent. For women, the difference is 10 years.