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Life-Expectancy Gap Widens Between Wealthy and the Poor, Says New York Times Report

In upper half of income spectrum of U.S., men who reach  65 are living about six years longer than they did in the late 1970s; men in the lower half are living just 1.3 years longer.

Oldest married coupleMarch 16, 2014 – Senior citizens should find particularly interesting a report in The Sunday New York today that explores the “life expectancy gap” in the U.S. The wealthiest in the U.S. are living much longer but not those in lower. The Times focused on two counties: Fairfax County, Va., a wealthy area where residents are among the longest-lived in the country, and McDowell County, W. Va., where incomes are low and so is longevity.

Men in Fairfax have an average life expectancy of 82 years and women, 85, about the same as in Sweden. In McDowell, the averages are 64 and 73, about the same as in Iraq.

 

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“In McDowell, women’s life expectancy has actually fallen by two years since 1985; it grew five years in Fairfax,” ,” writes Annie Lowrey, in the Business Day feature.

 “This life-expectancy gap has started to surface in discussions among researchers, public health officials and Washington policy makers,” according to Lowrey.

That reality is playing out across the country. For the upper half of the income spectrum, men who reach the age of 65 are living about six years longer than they did in the late 1970s. Men in the lower half are living just 1.3 years longer.

It has long been recognized that higher income people out live poorer people in the U.S. What is ringing the alarm, however, is that this gap is getting much wider.

Since the 1980s, “socioeconomic status has become an even more important indicator of life expectancy.” That was the finding of a 2008 report by the Congressional Budget Office.

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People who live in wealthy communities are living long, but not those in poor communities.

For the upper half of the income spectrum, men who reach the age of 65 are living about six years longer than they did in the late 1970s. Men in the lower half are living just 1.3 years longer.

“Life expectancy has been steadily increasing in the United States for the past several decades. Recent gains in life expectancy have not, however, been shared equally across socioeconomic groups,” says the Congressional Budget Office report.

“Although the gaps between women and men and between whites and African Americans have narrowed somewhat, differences by educational attainment and income have been growing. In other words, socioeconomic status has become an increasingly important determinant of life expectancy.”

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