Florida, it’s less about where you live and more about how you live

Florida, it’s less about where you live and more about how you live 

Excerpt: How long will you live? 

Well, that could depend on the where you live. 

The short answer is that living in the suburbs means you’re likely to live longer than your city-dwelling counterparts — statistically speaking, of course. 

That’s according to a new project from the Centers for Disease Control called the U.S. Small-area Life Expectancy Estimates Project. It allows residents for the first time to find the average life expectancy at the neighborhood level. 

It found that where you live can mean a 30-year difference in life expectancy compared to other places. The average age of death can differ between people living just a few miles apart. 

Bottom Line: I’ll cut to the chase here because stories like this dance around the real issues. As you know I don’t do political correctness and am far more interested with dealing with issues factually head on so here’s so I pulled the life expectancy of Floridians by ethnicity.  

  • Black: 75.8 
  • White: 79.1 
  • Latino: 83.1 
  • Asian: 88.9 

Yesterday I shared the updated information on poverty in Florida. It demonstrated that 20% of blacks, 18% of Hispanics and 9% of whites live below the poverty line.  

In South Florida, the community with the lowest life expectancy is... Gladeview (65.8) in Miami which is 77% black, 21% Latino, 1.8% White and .1% Asian. The Community with the highest life expectancy is...Key Biscayne at 91.6 years. Key Biscayne’s demographics... 61.6% Latino, 36.5% White, 1.1% Asian .4% black. 

Any questions? This really isn’t a story about your street address impacting your life expectancy as much as it is about genetics, socioeconomics and lifestyle. I’m always willing to have that conversation because the tough answers and complicated solutions emerge in that particular discussion but that’s for another story.  

 

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