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.
Not only that, if you have the zipcode 00666, you are eternally damned as well!
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.
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!
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
Hmmm...since when is OK a southern state?
take away: when you run outta zip, you code.
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.
Now I know what they mean by, “Almost Heaven, West Virginia.”
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...
They should sort obesity rates by individual and household income,individual and household net worth and individual level of education and IQ.