Zip Codes and Life Expectancy

Sherita Mouzon of Witnesses to Hunger: Philadelphia was featured in a Philadelphia inquirer article on how census data suggests that populations from different zip codes radically differ in terms of life expectancy.

These life-expectancy numbers are a stunning shorthand for a host of other demographic factors — inadequate education, insufficient income, area unemployment levels, community or family violence, lack of health insurance, and race. For those who study poverty or who advocate for the poor, data like these speak volumes about many more variables than how many years make up an individual’s life or where they lived.

You can read the full article here.