Where You Live Could Affect How Long You Live
By Flourish Chukwurah
February 6, 2016
World Health Organization defines life expectancy as “the average number of years that a newborn could expect to live, if he or she were to pass through life exposed to the sex- and age-specific death rates prevailing at the time of his or her birth, for a specific year, in a given country, territory, or geographic area.”
This means that the geographical location where a child is born, along with many other factors determines how long he/she will live.
Those who live in urban areas are more likely to live longer than those in rural areas. This is because those in the rural areas have more access to quality health care services.
They are also not exposed to many of the environmental risks that those in rural areas are confronted with everyday.
According to the World Health Organization, some of the indices of urbanization include but are not limited to: Improved sanitation facilities, improved water sources, advanced medical services etc.
Therefore, it is safe to say that urbanization promotes improvement and sustenance of life. The map below shows the number of years people in different countries of the world are expected to live for and the percentages of their Rural population and Urban population.
The statistics prove that people in countries with higher percentages of urban dwellers tend to live longer.