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Your Zip Code Could Indicate When You Will Die
Business Insider ^ | 07/12/2013 | MEGAN WILLETT

Posted on 07/12/2013 7:38:54 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Edited 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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TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Society; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: death; health; lifeexpectancy; longetivy; redstates; virginia; zipcode

1 posted on 07/12/2013 7:38:54 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


2 posted on 07/12/2013 7:45:16 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: rarestia

I haven’t read the article but I assume it’s the hospitals and the general high standards of the doctors.


3 posted on 07/12/2013 7:49:45 AM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: SeekAndFind

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???


4 posted on 07/12/2013 7:49:52 AM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: rarestia

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.


5 posted on 07/12/2013 7:49:54 AM PDT by alancarp (Obama will grab your guns and ship them to Mexican drug mobs.)
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To: SeekAndFind

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?


6 posted on 07/12/2013 7:53:44 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


7 posted on 07/12/2013 7:53:44 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: SeekAndFind

San Francisco is number two for males. Lotta dead AIDS sufferers, I guess.


8 posted on 07/12/2013 7:54:10 AM PDT by Kenton
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To: rarestia

I would have guessed the opposite, considering the comparative crime and homicide rates.


9 posted on 07/12/2013 7:54:26 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

Those were my exact thoughts as well, MrB.


10 posted on 07/12/2013 7:55:22 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Zip = Gone?


11 posted on 07/12/2013 7:56:38 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama equals Osama))
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To: SeekAndFind

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.”


12 posted on 07/12/2013 7:56:40 AM PDT by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: rarestia

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.


13 posted on 07/12/2013 8:03:14 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: rarestia
I’ll choose liberty over security any day

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.

14 posted on 07/12/2013 8:09:26 AM PDT by ScottinVA ( Liberal is to patriotism as Kermit Gosnell is to neonatal care.)
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To: miss marmelstein

I haven’t done the comparison, but I’d bet the correlation between county income and lifespan is quite strong.


15 posted on 07/12/2013 8:18:19 AM PDT by Pecos (If more sane people carried guns, fewer crazies would get off a second shot.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“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.


16 posted on 07/12/2013 8:30:33 AM PDT by I want the USA back (If I Pi$$ed off just one liberal today my mission has been accomplished.)
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To: Pecos

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.


17 posted on 07/12/2013 8:37:01 AM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: miss marmelstein

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.


18 posted on 07/12/2013 8:41:00 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("The human project is all about babies! Culture is all about babies!" ~ Cdl. Dolan)
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To: rarestia

It just might have something to do with where people do a lot of hard physical labor.


19 posted on 07/12/2013 8:46:26 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: Tax-chick

Yes, that’s basically right. Or, to put it another way, one area of the country just makes life SEEM longer.


20 posted on 07/12/2013 8:52:28 AM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: SeekAndFind; Revolting cat!

Not only that, if you have the zipcode 00666, you are eternally damned as well!


21 posted on 07/12/2013 9:00:06 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: a fool in paradise

I find it strange that Washington state is run by the feminazis, yet the projected lifespan for males and females is the same in the Puget Sound area.


22 posted on 07/12/2013 9:06:43 AM PDT by angry elephant (Endangered species in Seattle)
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To: miss marmelstein
one area of the country just makes life SEEM longer

LOL!

23 posted on 07/12/2013 9:11:49 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("The human project is all about babies! Culture is all about babies!" ~ Cdl. Dolan)
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To: alancarp
Thanks but no thanks, to moving to inner urban area so my lifespan "might" increase!

I'm counting on safer suburbs with concealed carry "rights" on helping out my longevity status.

We also have very good emergency services, access to quality docs and topnotch police/firefighter folk to insure helping overall environment of longevity status!

24 posted on 07/12/2013 9:25:54 AM PDT by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: SeekAndFind

Just looking the counties that they looked at is telling. In the ‘positive’ side are major metro areas with lots of hospitals and docs and health care. These areas also have many choices for grocery shopping. Overall these areas are populated by better educated people with larger incomes thus allowing them the ability to live longer. The low end counties are truly out in the boonies. Getting medical help or even groceries is an activity that must be planned on. The ERs are not just around the corner. Many of these counties have no 24 hour stores available. And the folks living in these counties are ordinary people (many of who, are farmers) just trying to live life day to day.

Being in the boonies myself I will take that over the insanity of those large metro areas


25 posted on 07/12/2013 9:32:22 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: SeekAndFind

Hmmm...since when is OK a southern state?

take away: when you run outta zip, you code.


26 posted on 07/12/2013 10:00:21 AM PDT by Adder (No, Mr. Franklin, we could NOT keep it.)
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To: Mr. K

Coorelation is not causation. Granted. But there must be a reason. If you did identical plots for white and black population separately, I bet there would be far less regional disparity. The disparity is probably more related to race than locale. The other interesting thing is that three of the counties with the highest *increase* in longevity are all in New York City. New York’s five boroughs are each a county in the state. Borough = County:

Manhattan = New York County
Brooklyn = Kings County
The Bronx = Bronx County
Queens = Queens County
Staten Island = Richmond Count.

The time period included Rudy Juliani’s successful effort to rein in the Dinkins Crime Wave. New York courts appear determined to revive the good old days of David Dinkins.


27 posted on 07/12/2013 10:13:05 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Now I know what they mean by, “Almost Heaven, West Virginia.”


28 posted on 07/12/2013 11:10:53 AM PDT by Wellington VII
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To: SkyDancer
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???

Exactly. Looking at anything will allow a pattern to develop, regardless of how random it may be. It doesn't mean it is statistically relevant.

This has as much logic behind it as the standby amount for content insurance on your homeowner's policy. I was told by my agent to use 30% of my home's value for a base in determining content value. So, with that logic in mind, when I moved from a $200k home to a $400k home, my crap doubled in value?!?!? Whatever...

29 posted on 07/12/2013 1:14:05 PM PDT by RobertClark (My shrink just killed himself - he blamed me in his note!)
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To: SeekAndFind

They should sort obesity rates by individual and household income,individual and household net worth and individual level of education and IQ.


30 posted on 07/12/2013 1:34:09 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Civil Servants Are No Longer Servants...Or Civil.)
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