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Death in the Golden State: Why Do Some Californians Live Longer?

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Publication Date: January 2007

Publisher(s): Public Policy Institute of California

Author(s): Helen Lee; Shannon McConville

Funder(s): Public Policy Institute of California

Funder(s): Public Policy Institute of California

Series: California Counts: Population Trends and Profiles v.9 no.1

Topic: Population and demographics (Demography and census)

Type: Report

Coverage: California


Despite overall gains in life expectancy over the past century, significant disparities exist in longevity among California’s different racial and ethnic groups. This issue of California Counts provides a detailed demographic portrait of the state’s mortality rates and causes of death. The authors find that for almost all chronic conditions and injuries except suicide, black men and women have higher age-adjusted death rates than whites. Many of these black-white disparities persist even among similarly educated individuals. Hispanics and Asians have a mortality advantage over whites for almost all diseases and injuries and across education levels, with some important exceptions such as cirrhosis and diabetes among Hispanics.