Where You Live Matters

It’s the tagline to our company, but where you live truly matters to your health. In some studies, life expectancy in certain areas is linked to the environmental concerns.

In fact, a case study titled “Life Expectancy and the Environment” from 2009 by Fabio Mariani et. al has the following abstract:

“We present an OLG model in which life expectancy and environmental quality dynamics are jointly determined. Agents may invest in environmental care, depending on how much they expect to live. In turn, environmental conditions affect life expectancy. As a result, our model produces a positive correlation between longevity and environmental quality, both in the long run and along the transition path. Eventually, multiple equilibria may also arise: some countries might be caught in a low-life-expectancy / low-environmental-quality trap. This outcome is consistent with stylized facts relating life expectancy and environmental performance measures. We also discuss the welfare and policy implications of the intergenerational externalities generated by individual choices. Finally, we show that our results are robust to the introduction of growth dynamics based on physical or human capital accumulation. “

Below are 5 cities with the lowest life expectancy in the U.S with the corresponding Upstream Report. And 5 cities with the highest life expectancy. We do not seek to make direct correlation, simply demonstrate that environmental risks play a role in health.

Lowest Life Expectancy:

1. Gadsden, Alabama - 72.9 years

2. Beckley, West Virginia - 73.4 years

3. Florence, South Carolina - 73.8 years

4. Hammond, Louisiana - 73.9 years

5. Columbus, Georgia - 74.4 years

Highest Life Expectancy: 

1. Naples, Florida - 83.5

2. Sunnyvale, California - 83.3

3. Corvallis, Oregon - 82.1

4. Norwalk, Connecticut - 82.1

5. Ames, Iowa - 82.0