Skip to comments.Your Zip Code Could Indicate When You Will Die
Posted on 07/12/2013 7:38:54 AM PDT by SeekAndFindEdited on 07/12/2013 7:43:53 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
Where you live in the U.S. could affect your lifespan, according to a new report from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington that was just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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What a surprise. The bastions of liberalism, replete with public services and entitlements, are better for life expectancy that places where you’re expected to fend for yourself and life free.
I’ll choose liberty over security any day.
I haven’t read the article but I assume it’s the hospitals and the general high standards of the doctors.
So like a gal in her 50’s moves to a good zip code she’ll live longer? Or maybe if she’s in her 80’s she’ll live to be 110???
I’d want to check this research a little deeper. I cannot imagine that inner city dwellers would have a longer life expectancy. It just fits way too conveniently with a liberal agenda.
wow- you plug in data and you get numbers! and that MEANS SOMETHING!!!!
who could have thought
And just think- wherever the sun rose today, some people died! So the sun causes death
And here’s and even more stunning “statistic” - some people were BORN!!!! so - the sun causes pregnancy
And if you average all the birthdays in your zip code, you will find more people were born in some months than others- so, your zip code says when you will be born too!! By the laws of averages, you will NOT change the average by any amount when you die, you will just DIE AT THE AVERAGE date!!!
That’s how it works, you see- averages CAUSE the deaths to occur. It’s all this science-y stuff, you know?
If the government spends a lot of money on health services in your area, you live longer. That can’t possibly be tied to the ObamaCare PR blitz, can it? These stats are probably almost as bogus as the Labor Dept.’s unemployment numbers.
San Francisco is number two for males. Lotta dead AIDS sufferers, I guess.
I would have guessed the opposite, considering the comparative crime and homicide rates.
Those were my exact thoughts as well, MrB.
Zip = Gone?
Obviously, God loves rural Southerners and calls them home sooner!
Seriously, to get an accurate picture, race, country of birth and economic status must be factors. Also, I wonder what the results would be if only people above the age of, say 50, are included. Infant mortality, “Hey Bubba, watch this” mortality from dumb adolescent stunts and occupational deaths can really skew the results.
On the other hand, if a significant portion of your population has never done manual labor and instead migrated to your county as well paid office workers/managers/executives, they you will have a better rating. Kill most of your babies through abortion and you take very few hits from infant mortality.
Once again, Mark Twain (or actually, Disraeli) must be evoked: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”
Dig more deeply, and it is the wealthy areas within the blue states that have longer lifespans, not those on entitlements. Longevity is largely class-based across the country, it is only that the concentrations of that demographic vary by region.
Ditto... They can have the uber-regulated life in CA and NY. I choose to spend my final years where vestiges of liberty still exist.
I haven’t done the comparison, but I’d bet the correlation between county income and lifespan is quite strong.
“Your Zip Code Could Indicate When You Will Die”
typical stupid headline. Pure hype, designed to get you to read the article which then disappoints.
This is an invalid correlation. Zip code is arbitrarily assigned and does not vary in accordance with longevity. Obviously the average life expectancy of people in one area is NOT the same as in another. Otherwise they would all be the same.
The expectancy for people living in Siberia is not the same as for people living in Egypt.
The postal code is irrelevant. The correlation is between the type of person living there and the expectancy. Not the postal code. But that would be politically incorrect.
I clicked on the article which is basically saying that it’s obesity differences. I still believe people in NYC live longer is because they are hysterical food Nazis who run to the doctor with every complaint known to man.
So one can have more years of neurotic and obnoxious hypochondria in New York, or fewer years of laid-back and fried goodies in Mississippi.
I’ll settle for something in between: Mississippi has too many bugs.
It just might have something to do with where people do a lot of hard physical labor.
Yes, that’s basically right. Or, to put it another way, one area of the country just makes life SEEM longer.
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