January 5, 2017
Source: Jackson County Health Department
Average life expectancy is one of the most fundamental measures of the health of a population and community. In this report, we present average life expectancy estimates for all ZIP Codes within our service area, which includes all of Jackson County except the areas within the city limits of Kansas City and Independence. The results are sobering. An 8 year variance in life expectancy rates exists in ZIP Codes that are located in close proximity to one another. This observed disparity in life expectancy begs the question: Why is there such a significant difference in life expectancy rates among residents who live a few miles a part? One significant factor reflected in our analysis is the finding that reduced life expectancy is strongly related to community-level socioeconomic conditions.