Life expectancies vary widely within Franklin County, new report says

Columbus Dispatch

What doesn’t seem to make a difference is whether people live in suburban or urban areas, said Matt Martin, senior researcher for the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University, which did the report with the College of Social Work.

“Where you live in the county matters, but it doesn’t follow development patterns as some might think,” he said.

The life expectancy ranged from an average of 64 to 71 up to an average of 82 to 84, according to the report. Researchers organized their findings by ZIP codes.

The report indicates that the current system of giving benefits to seniors based on age — most notably at 65 — and not on disability and risk factors might not be of much help to many people.

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The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity was established in 2003 as a center for interdisciplinary research at The Ohio State University. The Kirwan Institute works to create a just and inclusive society where all people and communities have opportunity to succeed.