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    ...that the story about life expectancy in the South Bronx is somewhat exaggerated and an urban myth. I would be happy to see other data on that. The Bronx, specifically the South Bronx, has not experienced the growth that other boroughs have seen AND has experienced a decrease in life expectancy.

    From NYT's Economix blog:

    Given the historic growth pattern from 1960 to 2005, the United States as a whole won’t have levels of well-being typical of the East Side today until 2041, whereas residents of the South Bronx have levels of health, education and income typical of Americans in the mid-1980s. On average, a resident of Manhattan’s 14th Congressional District (the East Side) earns two and a half times as much, lives four years longer, and is seven times more likely to have a college degree than a resident of the 16th District (the South Bronx).

    South Bronx is behind the American average, but unless we're talking about very small pockets or specific apartment buildings I don't think the life expectancy of the South Bronx is going to be "around 40 years.).

    And in terms of Indian reservations I believe the number is closer to 60 than 40, with the Sioux having the worst life expectancy of a community in the Western hemisphere at 47. From a blog that lists its sources:

    The six-county region in southwestern South Dakota that is home to both the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations has the lowest life expectancy in the United States. Those who live in this predominantly-Indigenous area “can expect to live 66.6 years, well short of the 79 years for low-income rural white people in the Northern Plains.”[11] If this region of South Dakota was compared with all of the countries in the Western Hemisphere, it would rank ahead of only Bolivia and Haiti in terms of its residents’ longevity. By themselves, American Indian males in these South Dakota counties had a life expectancy of a mere 58 years in the period 1997-2001.[12]

    it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses

    by Addison on Thu Feb 10, 2011 at 11:45:10 AM PST

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