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November 14, 2018

Where you live, and your community's infrastructure, says a lot about your life expectancy, Andrew Fenelon, an assistant professor in Health Sciences Administration, told NPR program Marketplace.

Fenelon was interviewed for a story about the release of new data from the U.S. Small-area Life Expectancy Estimates Project. The project released a comprehensive data set, the first-of-its-kind, tracking these rates at the neighborhood level.
 
It found that some areas with the highest and lowest life-expectancies have common features. Areas with lower life expectancy tend to have lower-educated populations and lack necessities like grocery stores, while higher life expectancy areas have higher incomes and a more educated population.

"You have folks with long-term stable employment, extremely high education and strong social networks," Dr. Fenelon said. 

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