When Your ZIP Code is a Risk Factor

When it comes to health, ZIP codes may even be a more accurate predictor of health than genetics, gender, or lifestyle habits—especially for Black women.
In cities like Atlanta and Baltimore, neighborhoods just a few miles apart can have a 20-year difference in life expectancy.
The reason:  Neighborhoods with worse health outcomes are the ones without high-quality housing, education, jobs, clean air, and fresh food stores.
 “People living in those neighborhoods [can’t] get access to things they need to be healthy,” says Lisa Cooper, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity.

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