Life expectancy in Streeterville is 90. In Englewood, it's 60. A new analysis calls Chicago's gap the largest in the U.S.

Jun. 6, 2019

Lisa Schencker

Chicago Tribune

In the gleaming Streeterville neighborhood, Chicagoans live to be 90 years old, on average.

But just about 9 miles south, in Englewood, the average life expectancy plummets to about 60 years, according to a new NYU School of Medicine analysis.

The 30-year gap between the neighborhoods is the largest in the country, according to the NYU researchers, who examined life expectancies in neighborhoods in the 500 biggest U.S. cities based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2010 to 2015.

The analysis comes less than a month after Chicago’s new Mayor Lori Lightfoot took office, after campaigning on a promise to focus more attention on struggling West and South side neighborhoods by improving schools, creating jobs and fostering economic development. It also comes as local hospital systems increasingly aim to keep people healthier, partly by addressing social and economic disparities.

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