It’s intuitive that being rich gives you access to better food, more social connectivity, and higher-quality health care.
1. Rich people live longer.
2. Richer people’s lifespans are growing at a faster rate.
3. The problem is worse for women than for men.
Here’s the money chart I found and it tells a really sad story. This chart shows that in the richest country in the world, the expected lifespan of middle- and lower-income women is actually declining. At every income level, more money means more life.
Annie Lowrey reported that the sorting of zip codes into rich and poor means you can have two counties divided by 300 miles and more than 20 years of expected life. The typical guy in McDowell County, West Virginia, makes less than $30,000 a year and doesn’t live to 65. Five hours north on the highway, a typical man living in Fairfax County, Virginia, makes more than $100,000 and lives more than 80 years. I found these statistics crazy and alarming. It makes me afraid that I will not make enough money to live a long, healthy life and watch my grandchildren grow up. It makes me feel that if I do not find a successful career out of college, that I will not live as long a life as someone who does, and those are scary facts right there.It is crazy to think how much money is needed to live a happy and healthy life. Especially when the day comes that you have a family of your own to take care of and provide for, while also having to worry about and take care of your own health. I’m sure many other people feel similar to me after hearing these kind of statistics.
- Kellie Behrle