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Residents of some Denver neighborhoods routinely live shorter lives than people who move into their homes across the city.
And the differences can be blatant.
That’s what we learned from data compiled by the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center on Society and Health.
VCU researchers have mapped life expectancy at the neighborhood level for numerous cities – and the range between Denver areas where residents spend more or less long periods of time is an astonishing fourteen years.
On average, five Denver neighborhoods live until they are 84 years old. Life expectancy in two others is 70.
And while there isn’t a strict correlation between long life expectancy and income, you will find that people in more affluent areas are more likely to end up at the higher end of the scale, while people in lower-income areas typically don’t live as long. A VCU card also shared here indicates precisely that there are short intervals between major health gaps for Denverites.
See the photo-illustrated numbers for each Denver neighborhood below (except for a handful, which the data wasn’t enough for), followed by the map and a document describing the methodology and more.
Central business district
South Park Hill
Washington Virginia Vale
Gateway / Green Valley Ranch
Washington Park West
Keep reading about life expectancy information for the rest of Denver’s neighborhoods.
Harvey Park South
North Park Hill
College View / South Platte
Northeast Park Hill
City Park West
North Capitol Hill
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Michael Roberts has been writing for Westword since October 1990, where he worked as a music editor and media columnist. It currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.