How your life expectancy correlates with your zip code

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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- So, how long do you think you’ll live? The answer might be on the front of your mail.

It turns out, your life expectancy correlates quite closely with what zip code you are born into. And, in some counties – Guilford, for example – your life expectancy can change by almost two decades, just by being born into a zip code that is no more than a dozen miles, as the crow flies, from another.

There are a myriad of reasons for it, including the genetics of some ethnicities to crime -- and in this edition of the Buckley Report, hear from a physician who lays some of the causes out and some of the solutions.

Since one of the major factors in life expectancy is the crime rate in a given area, here are crime rates by zip code for High Point: XLS file.

And this is the crime rate data from Greensboro: PDF file.

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