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by Mike Zazaian November 1, 2006 - 4:06pm, 2 Comments

 Poverty Means Lower Lifespans in Richer Areas

A study conducted at Stanford University suggests that impoverished citizens living in more affluent areas have shorter lifespans than those in less ritzy neighborhoods.

In the study researchers examined over 8,000 death records for citizens who had lived in various cities across the United States. The findings showed that the average lifespan of the poorest individuals was significantly lower if the individuals lived in more affluent neighborhoods.

The researchers attributed the lower lifespans to a combination of factors. As cost of living would be higher in wealthier areas, it was stipulated that the effects of poverty would be exacerbated for poorer citizens. It was also suggested that additional stress caused by the constant reminder of economic inferiority could be taxing on those in question. Said team member Catherine Cubbin:

I don’t think the two are mutually exclusive.

Via New Scientist
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