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Where you live in the US can impact how long you live

A woman runs on the path along the East River in New York City.

Where you live plays a major role in how well you live, and even how long—especially if you’re a poor American. 

A recent paper published by Sarah Bruch, Director of the Social and Education Policy Research Program, shows that much of this discrepancy might be traced to social support. Financial assistance and outreach for poor Americans has been shown to vary dramatically from state to state. In an Aug. 2016 discussion paper from the University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Research on Poverty, Bruch and her co-authors found that average annual cash assistance for low-income Americans varied from $1,957 to $5,811, depending on the state.

Bruch, lead author, is quoted in the story, which you can read here