Research led by the VCU Center for Society & Health has established that differences in life expectancy at birth exist across zip codes in Atlanta that as great as 12 years. For example, as summarized in this map which can be accessed from the Center’s website, babies born in zip code 30305 can expect to live age 84, as compared to adjacent zip code 30318, where the comparable estimate is 72.
As an academic center whose work has focused on connections between social factors and health with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The Center has applied essentially the same methodology to 25 areas across the country. Atlanta is one of the 21 areas for which this work is now reported on its website.
As with each of these maps, Atlanta’s was developed using vital statistics obtained from state and local health agencies and population data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These data were used to calculate newborn life expectancy, or how long a newborn could expect to live based on population counts and death rates for the geographic area in which they were born.
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