Disparity in quality of life leads to different outcomes
The Kansas City Star
One’s address in the Kansas City area has a profound effect on how long that individual is likely to live.
The life expectancy piece is not a surprising conclusion of a new Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation study out of the University of Washington. Some details were published today in The Star. Wyandotte County has the lowest life expectancy of 71.6 years for men, which is the equivalent of Poland, China and Libya.
Women in Wyandotte County living on average of 77.9 years are a match for Ecuador, Lithuania and Sri Lanka. But it is no wonder that Wyandotte County is the lowest. It also is the poorest county in the metropolitan area.
In Jackson County, life expectancies compare with Mexico’s and Uruguay’s with 73.9 years for men and 79.3 years for women. Johnson County, the area’s wealthiest, has life expectancies that are similar to those in Sweden and Switzerland at 79.3 years for men and 82.9 years for women.
But one’s address also affects the person’s safety, the quality of the food available, public transportation, the quality of education children receive and even job prospects because employers pick people based on where people live. Employment is the lynchpin, determining whether a person has a booster rocket income to carry a family into that higher orbit of a better quality of life and longevity.