Does living in an undesirable neighbourhood shorten life expectancy?No Comments
More scandalacious news in the Daily Mail, following our previous blog post suggesting that living near to a noisy road might increase the chance of a premature death by 4%.
This time, research from the University of Pittsburgh has found that living in a high crime neighbourhood can shorten life expectancy by as much as 12 years; or – putting it another way – those living in deprived, high crime areas were found to have a ‘biological’ age that was over a decade greater than their chronological age.
Of course, none of this should come as a surprise: we all know the stress, trauma and great upset that an antisocial living environment can cause, but until now many haven’t fully appreciated just how damaging a local area can be on wellbeing.
While we will continue to take the news with a pinch of salt, it’s yet another wake-up call that says it’s vital you check the local area before you move.