Race Affects Life Expectancy in Major U.S. Cities
Jun. 10, 2019
Fifty-six of America's 500 biggest cities have major gaps in life expectancy between neighborhoods, a new study reveals.
These gaps can mean people in one neighborhood live 20 to 30 years longer than those just a mile away -- and the inequalities are prevalent in cities with high levels of racial and ethnic segregation, according to New York University researchers. They said their findings should be a wake-up call for city leaders nationwide.
"Your neighborhood shouldn't influence your odds of seeing your grandchildren grow up," said lead researcher Dr. Marc Gourevitch, chairman of the department of population health at NYU Langone Health System.