May 25, 2010

CITIES WERE A MISTAKE:

Country dwellers live longer, report on 'rural idyll' shows: Greener life delivers up to two years longer life for rural men and women and closes life-expectancy gap between rich and poor, says ONS study (Randeep Ramesh, 5/25/10, guardian.co.uk)

It's official: move to the countryside and you live longer. Men in rural areas on average can expect to celebrate their 78th birthday – two years longer than those in the city – while women will pass 82, almost a year and a half more than their urban peers, new figures show.

The Office for National Statistics, which looked at Britain in the seven years until 2007, examined whether a "rural idyll" populated by older, wealthy migrants from the cities had demonstrable health benefits compared with the life of their urban peers, living in more crowded, less green spaces and served by more pressured public services.

The result was unequivocal. Life expectancy at birth, according to the research, "improved with increasing 'rurality' and those born in village and dispersed areas could expect to live longer than those in town and fringe areas. Even the poorest people fared better in the countryside. Rural poor men lived for a year longer than their urban peers."

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 25, 2010 6:24 PM
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