Many believe that living in a less dense place--like the suburbs--is better for health, but a recent study out of Stanford, MIT, Harvard, McKinsey and the U.S. Treasury claims that the dream of longevity is viable in the city, too. Livability staffer Susanna Pilny chews over the study and points out six large cities in the U.S. where people live a longer life. Pilny writes (we use that term loosely):

"Their study, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, looked at income versus life expectancy in a sample involving more than 1.4 billion person-year observations of Americans between the ages of 40 to 76. After comparing the taxes people earned to life expectancy and where they lived, they found some places were better than the rest for living longer, depending on your income."

Not sure what she means here by "1.4 billion person-year observations" or "comparing taxes people earned," particularly since taxes are levied, not earned. The juxtaposition of the third person pronouns in that sentence with the second person in the phrase at the end of the sentence is nothing short of an abomination of grammar. Strunk and White would be rightfully appalled.

Anyway, according to this mash, the six large cities for living longer are: New York, N.Y., Santa Barbara, Calif., San Jose, Calif. Salt Lake City, Utah, Portland, Maine, and Spokane, Wash.

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