Children born just a few miles apart in Atlanta can have life expectancies that vary by more than 10 years, an analysis shows.
A child born in the 30305 ZIP Code in the affluent Buckhead district can be expected to live to age 84, according to a map recently created by Virginia Commonwealth University researchers.
But across I-75 in northwest Atlanta, a child in the 30318 ZIP Code would have an average life expectancy of 72 years.
Such dramatic differences are not unique to Atlanta, says Steve Woolf, director of VCU’s Center on Society and Health, which has also produced maps on New York City, Chicago, Las Vegas and Richmond.
While the Atlanta map is by ZIP Code, the map in Richmond uses census tract information, and shows an even more dramatic split in life expectancy — 20 years.
“We view [the maps] as a conversation starter, to help dramatize the differences in health in urban areas,” Woolf says. More attention should be paid to conditions that affect socioeconomic well-being, he adds. full story