It's no big surprise that where you live has an impact on how long you live. But a new study by Virginia Commonwealth University highlights just how much difference a few miles can make. The study examined Census data from 2000 and 2010 to determine the average life expectancy of many major cities, broken down by zip code. It turns out Buckhead's 30305 — with an average life expectancy of 84 years — has the most longevity in the city. On the flipside of that coin, three southside zip codes tied for life expectancy of 71 years.
The range of 13 years sits comfortably in the middle of cities studied, on par with Raleigh-Durham. The eastern portion of North Carolina, meanwhile, had a total difference of just seven years, while Richmond, Va. had the largest range with a staggering 20 years. Oh, if only we all lived in 30305.
· Mapping Life Expectancy [VCU]