Making more money may allow you to live longer
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. ( April 12, 2016)–If you want to live longer, make more money and live in areas that prosper. That’s according to a study done and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. They examined both tax records and mortality information obtained from the Social Security Administration to gauge life expectancy trends among the nation’s top and bottom earners between 40 and 76 years old.
What they found is that women do live longer than men, but rich women live the longest of all. One of the factors for longevity are health care costs. Experts agree that rising health care costs usually mean a separation of those who can afford health care and those who can’t so those who do have money usually can afford more opportunities than those that don’t.
The report also took into account where one lives, even if they weren’t earning top wages. Life expectancy numbers were greatest for those living in west coast cities like Santa Barbara, San Diego and Santa Rosa. Life expectancy numbers were at or exceeded 80 years.
Meanwhile cities like Gary, Indiana, were rated as one of the lowest life expectancy cities based on the report and even the state of Indiana had a dubious label attached to it as being one of the states for having one of the lowest life expectancy in the country for low-income Americans. The findings ultimately suggest bottom-tier earners living in more developed and affluent U.S. cities ultimately have a greater life expectancy than those in less prosperous communities.
The study also found significant variation in life expectancy among the country’s lowest wage earners – much of which had very little to do with their environmental factors, access to medical care and other traditional theories in attempting to explain why wealthy communities tend to boast higher life expectancy