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Winter 2019


Life expectancy -- Oregon -- Portland Metropolitan area, Center for Disease Control


Using Center for Disease Control data, we can visualize the spatial distribution of life expectancy estimates. For reference, the life expectancy of an average adult within the United States born in 2016 is 78.6 years. In the Portland Metropolitan region, 34 percent of the population lives in tracts with an average life expectancy below the United States average. These tracts are clustered largely in east Portland and Gresham. Future research should consider exploring other factors related to life expectancy such as race, income, and education.

Forms part of the continuing series Indicators of the Metroscape.


Originally appeared in the Winter 2019 edition of Metroscape, published by the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies, Portland State University.

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