Where You Live in Atlanta Affects Life Expectancy

Bo Emerson, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 29, 2015

Where you live in metro Atlanta can determine how long you live.

A new life expectancy map released Wednesday shows that babies born a few miles apart in Atlanta might have lifespans that differ by 12 years.

The map was created by the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Center on Society and Health with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It is intended to raise public awareness of the factors that influence health.

Those factors are complex, but location can play a big role, affecting opportunities for education and jobs, safe and affordable housing, availability of nutritious food and places for physical activity, clean air, and access to health care, child care, and social services.

According to the research, residents of Buckhead, zip code 30305, had an average life expectancy of 84 years, compared to northwest Atlanta residents just a few miles away, in area code 30318, with a life expectancy of 72 years.

The center constructed maps for Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, New York and Richmond. Maps of 14 more cities are planned for the coming months.



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  • Move all the Buckhead residents to northwest Atlanta, and move all the northwest Atlanta residents to Buckhead, and all of a sudden, the life expectancies of the two zip codes will be vastly different.

    • Oil Can Harry

      And they had the nerve to claim “those factors are complex”!?!

      People in Buckhead live long lives because their neighbor isn’t Buckwheat.

      • John Smith


      • El Baga Doucha Libtard

        O’tay. Why you tay ‘dat?

  • WR_the_realist

    Surely when they write articles like these they don’t think they’re fooling anybody.

    • antiquesunlight

      I’m sure they think it’s obvious that white supremacy is the cause of it.

  • Dave4088

    “Those factors are complex…..”

    No they’re not. Proximity to a high density of afro-mericans can lower life expectancy and adversely affects all the things cited in the paragraph.

    • Max

      “Those factors are complex” usually accompanies observation of a phenomenon with an obvious cause so that the reader does not come to the correct conclusion before it can be explained away by the liberal with a convoluted unprovable mechanism unsupported by independent data. Things like black incarceration rates, homosexual suicide rates and mass attacks in “weapon-free zones” come to mind.

  • Another libtard professor gets a raise and promotion for shallow, superficial research that “proves” racist whites oppress blacks to such a degree that the black are dying off.

    First, many whites don’t live to be 72 because they’re murdered by blacks. Put that in in your libtard pipe and smoke it, Mr. Professor.

    Then, the behavior of blacks, eating junk, smoking weed, killing each other–that has nothing to do with their life expectancy. Or so they want us to believe.

    • exlib93

      I hope our tax dollars weren’t wasted on this study.

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      • Lexonaut

        No, they weren’t wasted. We learned a lot, didn’t we?

    • Max

      That’s DOCTOR Professor to you.

    • MikeofAges

      BTW, consider the life expectancy of the whites in these higher income areas who drink, overeat, use street drugs and live debauched lives generally into their middle years. There are some, and they might not do so well either. And what about the people in the black areas who stay sober and eat properly? I doubt they die prematurely quite so often. We see them too.

  • technodan

    “Those factors are complex, but location can play a big role, affecting
    opportunities for education and jobs, safe and affordable housing,
    availability of nutritious food and places for physical activity, clean
    air, and access to health care, child care, and social services.” – Who will provide the opportunities for all these things? Why, government, of course.

    • Samuel Hathaway

      Here is a map of the concentration of blacks according to the 2010 Census. Whites considering moving to Atlanta can still find some very white places and are urged to consult such a tool when trying to find a peaceful, decent place to live.

      • antiquesunlight

        It’s like a spreading cancer.

        • Samuel Hathaway

          Clearly we can see the “browning” of the suburbs where the cheap housing is going up, and the Atlanta city limits north of I-20 is getting whiter.

          The 30342 zip code median home value is $442,500 but in zip code 30327, the median home value is a shocking $975,000. Both zips fall within the 0.2% to 13.3% black areas.

          • antiquesunlight

            Not too surprised at the 975. That area behind Chastain is very nice. Roswell Road near there and into Buckhead is pretty Mexican, however, though I believe they are trying to build it up. They tore down the Chastain apartment complex, which was a Mexican ghetto, and are currently constructing what I think are going to be high rises.

      • Bunky

        Hall county is nice.
        I enjoyed lake Lanier.

    • how about this

      I think “places for physical activity” was the most ridiculous in that list, as if Blacks’ refusal to exercise isn’t just their own laziness, but the fault of their environment. I can think of ways to do quite a bit of exercise without spending any money or leaving your house.

      • Who Me?

        They could start by de-cluttering and cleaning inside their hovels, then repairing everything, and finish by making some nice, inexpensive furniture, painting, hanging curtains, etc. Then they could go to work on the outside, first the house structure, cleaning, putting up gutters, painting, then they could go to work on the lawn. by the time all that was done they’d be about 6 years older and 100 pounds lighter, and lots stronger.

        • Lexonaut

          They seem to get that stuff done in movies and TV shows without ever lifting a finger. I want my mojo back.

      • Speedy Steve

        Yeah. The only time knee grrroes ever exercise is doing a runner from da popo.

      • Max

        There is plenty of opportunity for physical activity in urban areas: protests, screaming obscenities, looting, rape, beating elderly whites to death, evading police and so forth.

  • disqus_Xz3UA6obwj

    12 years difference on average between the two areas, one year for every IQ point.

    • Michigan Patriot

      You are being too Christian on this issue.

  • JackKrak

    Only profound ignorance or arrogance can allow anyone to write something like this.

    • Speedy Steve

      Bo Emerson of the Atlanta Urinal-Constipation is a guilty white liberal. Pity. I was sort of hoping that he’d be an AA hire.

  • Samuel Hathaway


    However, thank you, AR, for providing information about this kind of clap-trap that appears in the “newspaper” in the metro area where I reside. This junk is precisely why many of us have not read the “Atlanta Urinal and Constipation” (Atlanta Journal and Constitution) for years, and why we will not touch it in the furture.

  • MekongDelta69

    The RWJ Foundation is a very rich, very leftist operation.

    They only give money for ‘studies’ which meet their ‘expectations.’

  • antiquesunlight

    My parents live in 30305. It’s nice. Much of 30318 is an absolute war zone and includes the infamous Bankhead Highway. Years ago, I had a job just off Bankhead. On my lunch break, I’d go to KFC or wherever to get something to eat and there would be (obvious) hookers, bums, and hoodlums just wandering the streets. At noon. I was doing electrical work at the old Sears warehouse, which is directly next to the jail (Rye Street jail, also infamous, at least around here). As soon as you walked outside, you could hear them screaming. Endlessly screaming and hollering. It was Hell enclosed by brick and bars and praise the Lord I haven’t ever had to be near it again since.

  • John Smith

    All the drive-bys, stabbings, HIV, McDonald’s, fried chicken, gin, malt liquor, mad dog, and crack sure does a number on longevity

    • Speedy Steve

      Cracker, Please! I have never seen Rufus drink gin. Those people favor high-end brandies like Courvoisier and VSOP. Ironically Raynal is both cheaper and better.

      • John Smith

        I was told they used to love gin, but maybe that’s too “old school” now.

        • Wing-nut.

          I think fried chicken gets a bad rap.

          Sad what gets taken by or destroyed with culture.

          • Alexandra1973

            Yeah really. I love fried chicken and I admit I love KFC. I always have. In fact I worked at a KFC in the mid-90s.

  • Realist

    “Science for the simple-minded.”

    There is no such thing.

    • Lexonaut

      Yes there is, it’s just that they don’t understand it.

  • Light from the East

    Does anyone here want to make predictions? Here comes mine:

    1. People in North Chicago have more life expectancy than people in South Chicago.
    2. The life expectancy of NYC lists below from high to low:
    Manhattan>Staten Island>Queens>Brooklyn>The Bronx

    You can make your own too. And don’t forget to recheck my comment after new maps are released.

    • Lexonaut

      The problem is that white privilege rain only falls in areas that have green lawns, and racist white people are planting weeds in all other lawns … or something.

  • Rob

    This is what is wrong with braindead liberal whites. Just polluting the gene pool. SAD!!!

    • Speedy Steve

      His retirement plan will be spent on bail bondsmen and defense lawyers. Stupid oil-driller.

    • Max

      Future presidential material.

    • Wing-nut.

      God can only know the level of disgust that picture creates for me.

    • Alexandra1973

      Is it just me or do the guy’s eyes have a blank stare?

      Kids don’t even look like him.

      • Rob

        They never do especially when the parent is a negro or a negress.

  • Alexandra1973

    Seems to me they have cause and effect totally twisted.

    Location doesn’t kill. Locations are not safe or dangerous.

    Certain kinds of people congregate in one area; another kind in another area. Yet location is blamed. Crazy.

  • listenupbub

    I have a feeling these researchers know what is the true reason behind these facts. They know it in secret. They perpetuate the myth because it keeps their job and helps them maintain high social status.