Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The 8 Americas

From newspaper reports here and here and here of this research

Asian-Americans, average per capita income of $21,566, have a life expectancy of 84.9 years , completing high-school - 80%

Northland low-income rural whites, $17,758, - 79 years - 83%

Middle America (mostly white), $24,640, - 77.9 years - 84%

Low income whites in Appalachia, Mississippi Valley, $16,390, - 75 years - 72%

Western American Indians, $10,029, - 72.7 years - 69%

Black Middle America, $15,412,- 72.9 years - 75%

Southern low-income rural blacks, $10,463, - 71.2 years - 61%

High-risk urban blacks, $14,800, - 71.1 years - 72%

Asian-American women living in Bergen County, N.J., lead the nation in longevity, typically reaching their 91st birthdays.
Worst off are American Indian men in swaths of South Dakota, who die around age 58 - three decades sooner.

Asian-American women can expect to live 13 years longer than low-income black women in the rural South, for example. That's like comparing women in wealthy Japan to those in poverty-ridden Nicaragua.

Low-income whites in Appalachia and the Mississippi Valley die four years sooner than their Northern neighbors.

American Indians who don't live on or near reservations in the West have life expectancies similar to whites'.

A 15-year-old urban black man was 3.8 times as likely to die before the age of 60 as an Asian-American

Baltimoreans face the lowest life expectancy of almost any jurisdiction in America . City residents can expect to live 68.6 years on average

Life expectancies for blacks in high-risk urban environments are comparable to those in Russia and sub-Saharan Africa.

"In any given place, higher income groups have better health," Christopher J.L. Murray of the Harvard School of Public Health said.

"A system that allocates both health care and health as inequitably as ours cannot be considered anything but a failure." said Dr. David L. Katz, an associate professor of public health and director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University School of Medicine.

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