Map: Life Expectancy in Detroit 2004 – 2013


The Center for Society and Health at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) worked with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to create life expectancy maps for city across the United States.  The death data came from MDHHS Vital Records and Health Statistics and was paired with Census data from 2000 and 2010 to generate a 10-year average.

The geography of life expectancy in Detroit varies with Downtown/Corktown/Southwest presenting the longest life expectancy along with much of Northwest Detroit and Hamtramck. If you took a drive East to Harper Woods life expectancy would be 77 on average or to the Grosse Pointes where life expectancy is 82 years. Social determinants of health are influential factors from school systems, health facility availability, and access to various opportunities that are lacking in the city.

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