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Which Denver Neighborhoods Will Kill You the Soonest?

Residents in some Denver neighborhoods routinely live shorter lives than folks who make their homes across town.

And the differences can be striking.

That's the takeaway from data compiled by the Center on Society and Health at Virginia Commonwealth University.

VCU researchers have mapped life expectancy on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood level for numerous cities — and the span between Denver areas in which residents stick around for more or less time is a startling fourteen years.


On average, residents of five Denver neighborhoods live until they're 84. Life expectancy in two others is 70.

And while there's not a strict correlation between long life spans and income, you'll notice that people located in more affluent areas tend to land toward the upper end of the scale, while those in lower-income places typically don't last as long. A VCU map also shared here accurately points out that there are short distances between large gaps in health for Denverites.

Check out the photo-illustrated numbers for every Denver neighborhood below (save a handful for which data was insufficient), followed by the map and a document detailing methodology and more.

Insufficient Data:


Auraria
Central Business District
City Park
Civic Center
DIA
Union Station

Age 84:

Belcaro
Hilltop
Marston
Washington Park
Wellshire

Age 83:

Cherry Creek
Southmoor Park
Stapleton

Age 82:

Bear Valley
Hampden
Hampden South
Indian Creek
University

Age 81:

Cory Merill
Country Club
Platt Park
South Park Hill
University Park
Windsor

Age 80:

Montclair
Rosedale
Washington Virginia Vale

Age 79:

Congress Park
Fort Logan
Gateway/Green Valley Ranch
Hale
Kennedy
Lowry Field
Sloan Lake
Washington Park West
West Highland

Continue to see life expectancy information for the rest of Denver's neighborhoods.

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