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Twin Cities map breaks down dramatic life expectancy differences by neighborhood [IMAGE]

Being born on one end of Franklin Avenue instead of the other can be the difference between living to 70 and living to 85.
Being born on one end of Franklin Avenue instead of the other can be the difference between living to 70 and living to 85.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has put together a series of maps showing the dramatic variations in life expectancy at birth from neighborhood to neighborhood in some large American metros.

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One of the metros featured in an Atlantic Cities blog post about the maps is the Twin Cities, where life expectancies vary by as much as 13 years along one three-mile stretch of I-94 in Minneapolis.

Here's the map (click to enlarge):

Twin Cities map breaks down dramatic life expectancy differences by neighborhood [IMAGE]
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


In the Atlantic blog post, David Fleming, the public health director for Seattle, says, "Most people appreciate at a country level that there are huge disparities in health between the U.S. and, for example, countries in Africa... I think what is not as obvious to most people is that you don't need to go any further than your front door, and most of us are living in communities where those same profound differences occur across much smaller geographic areas."

"In public health, traditionally when we've thought about how we've allocated resources, we tend to think, 'Well, the same amount needs to go proportionally everywhere,'" Fleming continued. "We need to change that. We need to say, 'Actually no, given these huge differences, the fairest way to allocate resources is in proportion to need.'"

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