Certain areas in U.S. trend toward shorter lives, and poverty lowers life expectancy across the board, study finds.
Where they live and how much they earn significantly affects the average American’s longevity, a new study suggests.
Income may even be a more important factor than geography, the researchers said.
“We find very large differences across areas [of the United States] for the poor but very small differences across areas for the rich,” said study lead author Raj Chetty.
In other words, “where you live matters much more if you are poor than if you are rich,” Chetty, a Stanford University economist, said in a university news release.
In the study, Chetty’s team tracked U.S. federal data from 1999 to 2014, and found that the richer people were, the longer their lives tended to be.