Data Visualization Life Expectancy

Published on April 13th, 2016 | by Joshua New


Mapping the Influence of Income and Location on Life Expectancy

The New York Times has created a data visualization illustrating the significant differences in life expectancy for poor Americans across the United States. The visualization maps the life expectancy for the average 40-year-old with a household income lower that $28,000 in every county for which there is data, and it allows users to compare the difference in life expectancy for poor men and women by city, as well as see how these estimates have changed since 2001. The visualization uses data from a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that analyzed large amounts of anonymized earnings records and death certificates to reveal large differences in life expectancy for poor Americans based on where they lived. For example, a poor person living in Pecos County, Texas, has a life expectancy of 75.6 years, compared to 82.6 years in Queens, New York.  

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Joshua New is a policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life. Follow Joshua on Twitter @Josh_A_New.

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