Map of the Week: Death
|SIMON HAYTER/TORONTO STAR|
After our four-week series on birth, we turn to death.
This week's map looks at the differences in average age at death in 192 areas across the GTA.
Within the City of Toronto, we see a rough relationship between income and lifespan. High average ages at death cluster along the high-income Yonge St. corridor with pockets in Hillcrest Village and the Kingsway, while low average ages cluster in traditionally poor neighbourhoods in parts of the west end and east downtown. In Halton and Peel, we see generally longer average lifespans along the lake shore.
Here are the top 10 neighbourhoods for average lifespan:
|M6A||Lawrence Manor/Lawrence Heights||83.4|
|M5N||SE of Lawrence/Bathurst||81.97|
|L5K||Mississauga, Dundas and Winston Churchill||80.77|
|M2L||E York Mills||80.33|
and the 10 lowest:
|L5N||Mississauga: Winston Churchill/Derry Rd area||66.43|
|L6R||W Brampton: Wanless/Mississauga Rd area||65.94|
|L7A||W Brampton: Wanless/Mississauga Rd area||63.6|
|M5A||Regent Park/St Lawrence/Corktown||63.32|
Postal codes with fewer than 50 deaths excluded
The second table includes a number of deep suburban and rural neighbourhoods and only one really urban one, which leads me to wonder if there's a link to sedentary lifestyles. It reminds me of the Toronto diabetes study from a number of years ago which found higher rates in low-density neighbourhoods in Toronto. (article link)